Seeking support for mental health issues can be daunting. Despite awareness increases the stigma of ‘mental health illness’ is still about. This stops people from getting the help they desperately need! Although there are mental health and self-help apps on the rise, sometimes it’s best to have a mental health professional to support you through this difficult time.
There are many free and accessible services online, over the phone and in-person – providing support for all kinds of mental health issues.
Here are a few resources you can look into and how you can contact them.
Mind is a mental health charity, that offers help in finding the right kind of support for you. The local Mind branches offer services such as talking therapies, crisis helpline, and counselling. If you would also like to learn and know more about mental health issues, Mind has a great A-Z list on mental health issues. Visit the website for more information.
You can get 24/7 emotional support, what ever your reason is. The helpline is also free, so no need to worry about your phone bill. The freephone number is 116 123.
Visit the website to see any additional services the charity provides.
Rethink mental illness
Rethink run services and groups across England and Northern Ireland. The service provides expert advice and information to people with mental health issues. The service also provides support for health professionals, employers and staff.
The telephone number is 0300 5000 927 and is open from 10 am – 2pm Monday to Friday.
Online support forums are another way to gain support through difficult times. Of course, these are online and free – a few examples are Anxietyuk.org.uk, online.supportgroups.com and turn2me.org.