Mental Health 101

Here are some tips for someone who is struggling with their mental health or crying out for help.

1. Reach out to someone in your support network.

Your support network is someone that you can rely on, a friend, family member, classmate, colleague etc.

2. Speak to your GP.

Your GP can refer you to a specialist if required, discuss having a counsellor, prescribe medication, suggest support groups etc. 

3. Seek counselling through NHS or private counselling.

Talking to the GP is a step to being referred for NHS counselling, you can also visit the NHS website. You can also seek a private counsellor (some can offer concessionary rates). Here are a few private counselling directories: Search for a counsellor through the BACP directory, Google “Counselling directory”, or Google Psychology today for a list of counsellors.

4. For urgent help, call the Samaritans 116 123 (it’s free).

You can call Samaritans for free or visit their website and they also have an emailing service. There is another service that you can use, which is via texting. Text “SHOUT” to 85258.
If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline (the number will not appear on the phone bill).

5. For urgent life threatening help, call 999 or go to your nearest A&E.

If you or someone’s life is in danger, call 999 or go to your nearest A&E.

Extra advice.

Something to bear in mind – Offering these tips to the person that you can see or hear who needs help, can be life saving. However, you can only do as much as you can, as that person who is struggling, also has to want to help themselves too. Analogy – You can bring water to a dog, but the dog has to want to drink.

I hear countless stories where a friend or family member has gone above and beyond but there comes a time where that person you are trying to help, has to want and accept the help too. The people that go above and beyond to help others, can be susceptible to burning out themselves.

What does burnout look like?

Exhausted
Irritable
Anxious
Struggle to concentrate
Fatigued
Headaches
General lack of joy from life