Mental health problems can affect anyone at any stage in their lives. Around one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point. It isn’t something to be ashamed of and there is lots of help and support available.
Worried about your mental health?
There are confidential helplines and listening services you can call and websites you can visit if you are worried about your mental health.
Mental health charity MIND offers a range of advice, information and support for anyone experiencing or supporting someone with mental health issues visit www.mind.org.uk for more information.
Anxiety UK provides support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Call 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm) or visit their website www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Bipolar UK is a charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder, visit www.bipolaruk.org.uk for more details of the support and advice available.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably. It offers help and support for men aged 15 to 35. You can call them on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight) or visit www.thecalmzone.net
Mental Health Foundation provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities www.mentalhealth.org.uk
No Panic is a voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). No Panic also offer a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD. Call 0844 967 4848 (10am to 10pm) or visit www.nopanic.org.uk for details.
OCD Action support for people with OCD including information on treatment and online resources. Call 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm) or visit www.ocdaction.org.uk
OCD UK is a charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Visit www.ocduk.org for details or call 0845 120 3778 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
PAPYRUS is the young suicide prevention society. You can call the HOPElineUK on 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 5pm) or visit www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness offers support and advice for people living with mental illness. Call 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm) or visit www.rethink.org
SANE offers emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. You can contact them on SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm). Visit www.sane.org.uk for more details on the services available including Textcare, a bespoke one-way message service to provide emotional support at times when you need it most. www.sane.org.uk/textcare
The Men's Health Forum offers 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Visit www.menshealthforum.org.uk for details.
The Samaritans provide emotional support for anyone in emotion distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide. Call 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org
The Silver Line offers help and support for older people visit www.thesilverline.org.uk or call 0800 470 8090
Concerned about someone you know?
Charity The Mix provides support on a range of issues including mental health for people under 25 visit www.themix.org.uk
Young Minds runs a free, confidential helpline for parents and carers who are worried about a child or young person www.youngminds.org.uk Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm).
The website www.time-to-change.org.uk has lots of advice on how to start a conversation about mental health. It also has useful tips on listening to someone if they decide to talk to you about their mental health issues.
Worried about work?
The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions. Its aim is to ensure more people who have mental health conditions can overcome them and stay in work. The service is free and delivered by Able Futures whose mental health professionals could give you nine months mental health support, to help you cope with work while you manage a mental health condition www.able-futures.co.uk
For a full list of mental health helplines visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/