HELP AND SUPPORT LINES

People of UK, we are most fortunate to live in a country where health service is free.

At the point of need for most people.

This is why is of paramount importance to work and pay taxes.

So that this vital, wonderful, and precious national health services never ends.

Unlike OTHER nations, mental healthcare in the UK is free for everyone, regardless of their income, as part of the country’s much-loved National Health Service (NHS). … Mental health is available for free on the NHS in all three bands – children, adult, and the aged.

Mental health statistics: the most common mental health problems. Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with 7.8% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis. 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime. … One adult in six had a common mental disorder.
Yes, you can get free psychological therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) on the NHS. You don’t need a referral from your GP. You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service. … Psychological therapies services are also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.
CBT this aims to improve your mental wellbeing by helping you understand how your thoughts can lead to unhelpful emotions and behaviours (see more about CBT)
  • Guided self help a therapist supports you as you work through a self-help course in your own time, either using a workbook or an online course
  • Counselling for depression a type of counselling developed specially for people with depression

Psychological therapies are offered in different ways, including:

  • Using a self-help workbook with the support of a therapist
  • As an online course
  • Over the phone
  • One-to-one
  • In a group

See more psychological therapies available on the NHS.

What can psychological therapies help with?

  • Having panic attacks
  • Struggling with flashbacks and nightmares
  • Feeling low and hopeless

Perhaps you’re finding it hard to cope with work, life or relationships.

Other things that psychological therapies can help with include:

  • Constant worrying
  • Addiction or Gambling
  • Obsessive thoughts or behaviours
  • Fear of social situations
  • Constant worry about your health
  • Phobias

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

Did you know that 1.4 million people referred to NHS mental health therapy in the past year … to treat depression, anxiety and other common mental illnesses?

Whatever you are going through, you are never alone!

And the greatest thing of all is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The first step to progress, is to admit you need help or are feeling some type of way.

Think about it this way, an alcoholic will never admit he or she is an alcoholic, they will always deny it.

The moment that light bulbs light up in your head saying ”enough is enough” You are ready.

It is always wise, important, to speak to someone you feel confident with about your problems.

It may be nothing, or it may just be worries, or it may be normal.

You will never know until you seek professional help or start talking.

You could be surprised how many people thought their life was hopeless, that they were being weird, strange, weak, pathetic, silly, going mad, and nobody could help them or understand them.

But all that changed, after they have spoken to someone who once felt the same way and are now in a much better place with their mental health.

There are 2 options to treatment: Medication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the two most common forms of treatment offered through the NHS: talking treatments and psychiatric medication. It also explains some available alternatives, such as arts and creative therapies and complementary and alternative  therapies, and explains where you can find out more. (mind.org.uk)

So here are some helpful sites you can reach out whenever you are feeling a little concerned!

Mental health helplines 

Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.

Mind (this is one of my best, not only offers so much information but it is very user friendly) It offers valuable information and support.

TOURETTES ACTION 

Tourettes action has to be one of my favorite charity, not only because my child has Tourettes. But because they do so much fun activities for children & Support group gathering for adults as well. I truly love and respect this charity. It has so much important information and relevant blogs from people who have been through so much. 

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Men’s Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

CAHMS 

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing. Local areas have a number of different support services available. These might be from the statutory, voluntary or school-based sector, such as an NHS trust, local authority, school or charitable organisation. Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives.Parents and carers may also need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing. Parents, carers and young people can receive direct support through CAMHS.

What are specialist CAMHS?

  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • nurses
  • support workers
  • occupational therapists
  • psychological therapists – this may include child psychotherapists, family psychotherapists, play therapists and creative art therapists
  • primary mental health link workers
  • specialist substance misuse workers

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm)

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD Action

Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5pm)

Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

OCD UK

A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)

Website: www.ocduk.org

PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPE line UK 0800 068 4141 (Mon to Fri,10am to 5pm & 7 to 10pm. Weekends 2 to 5pm)

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30 to 10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare

Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum

Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

Young Minds

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)

NSPCC

Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.

Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)

0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

Refuge

Advice on dealing with domestic violence.

Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Gamblers Anonymous

Website: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk

Narcotics Anonymous

Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily 10am to midnight)

Website: www.ukna.org

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Society

Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.

Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm. Weekends, 10am to 4pm)

Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)

Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

Crime victims

Rape Crisis

To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12 to 2.30pm, 7 to 9.30pm)

Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Victim Support

Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.victimsupport.org

Eating disorders

Beat

Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)

Website: www.b-eat.co.uk

Learning disabilities

Mencap

Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)

Website: www.mencap.org.uk

Parenting

Family Lives

Advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying.

Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 9pm. Sat to Sun, 10am to 3pm)

Website: www.familylives.org.uk

Relationships

Relate

The UK’s largest provider of relationship support.

Website: www.relate.org.uk

Page last reviewed: 28/09/2018
Next review due: 28/09/2021

source of information reference NHS mental health website, mind, tourettes action.

Thank you!

 

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