If you feel like you are struggling with your mental health, it can be really beneficial to talk things through with someone you trust, or access additional resources, support, and treatment. Here’s some places you could start:
– Talk to family: parents, carers, siblings, grandparents
– Talk to a friend
– Talk to someone you can trust at school: a teacher, a pastoral worker, a school nurse, a sports coach, a counsellor
– Make an appointment to see your GP
If you don’t feel able to do any of these, or if you want more support on top of some of the above, below are some great organisations that can support your mental health.
The first step is often the hardest. Take a deep breath – you can do it. Always remember, it will be worth it.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (9am – 6pm Monday to Friday)
Mind are a UK based charity that offer excellent information and support for mental health. They provide information on mental health conditions, treatments options, and can discuss your best options for getting support. There are local Mind’s across England, Scotland, and Wales.
Young persons text line: text ‘YM’ to 85258 if you are in crisis
Parent phoneline: 0808 802 5544
Young Minds are the UK’s leading mental health charity for children and young people. They provide excellent resources and support services for both young people and parents.
Phone: 0800 1111
Childline is a service for people aged 19 and younger. You can talk directly to a mental health professional for confidential and non-judgemental support. There is also a message board where you can talk and get advice from other young people in a similar situation to you.
Phone: 116 123 24/7
Text: 07725 909090
Samaritans is a year round service that provides free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, no matter the time of day.
The Blurt Foundation
The Blurt Foundation is dedicated to helping those affected by Depression. They ofter excellent recourses to understand depression, largely directly from those who have experienced Depression personally, and are a valuable cheerleader when you need it most.
If you struggle with Depression (or just would love a weekly pick me up – who wouldn’t?!), I strongly recommend subscribing to their mailing list. They send weekly emails that can be invaluable during episodes and recovery.
HelpLine: 0808 801 0677
For young people
YouthLine: 0808 801 0711
BEAT is the UK’s leading eating disorders service. They are a support service for anyone affected by an eating disorder, including loved ones.
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