As we enter Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we’d like to share some of the organisations which provide support to those who need it.
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.
Below are the details of a number of organisations which provide support to those in need of it.
MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Ring: 0300 123 3393
Mind Infoline and Legal Line are confidential services.
Phone calls from UK landlines are charged at local rates.
Charges from mobile telephones vary considerably. The charge for your call will depend on your mobile phone provider and the contract that you have with them.
Mind does not get any money from telephone calls.
Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.
Ring: 116 123
Calls to the Samaritans’ phone number are free from landlines, mobiles and pay as you go mobiles. You don’t need any credit to call this number.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day.
Ring: 0800 58 58 58 – open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year.
Webchat: via the CALM website HERE
All calls are now free to make from landlines, payphones and all mobiles.
Calls are taken in order, so it’s best to stay in a queue rather than redial.
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything.
Ring: 0800 1111
Calls to this number are free.
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
There are many more mental health helplines available and many of these are listed on the NHS website, HERE.
One of the key messages that always arises during weeks such as this, is that it’s okay not to be okay. Not just in these weeks, but 365 days a year. But the important thing if you feel low is to not suffer in silence – reach out to friends, family, or one of the helplines if you’d rather keep your anonymity – there are so many tools and helplines available to those who need them.
This Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d like to call some of our fans to make sure they’re doing OK in these difficult times.
The theme for the week this year is kindness, so we’d like to give back to our fans by giving them a call to make sure they’re OK!
If you’d like to nominate someone, please send us a message via Facebook or Twitter, with the person’s name, contact info and a short explanation of why they would be appreciative of the call.
And remember, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.