Sort Your Mental Health Situation Yourself Or Get Help

I think something is wrong, as I feel so down,
and I'm going to do something about it myself, so I'm going to look for some help from somewhere

This section is all about what you can do if you’re having problems.  You can try and address these yourself, or you can seek help.

Sort yourself out

Please note that if you think you’ve got a problem, then you’re not alone.  The infographic below from ADT Healthcare which is based on the Mental Health Awareness Week shows the extent of people with issues in the UK, and the providers hope that this will help people recognise the signs of poor mental health and get help..

mental health in the uk infographic

The mental health charity Mind offer coping strategies and support.

The Money and Mental Health charity focus on people with mental health issues struggling with problem debt. 

The Mental Health Foundation have a lot of information on mental health. 

The Mental Health Foundation offer 10 tips to look after your mental health – they are:

  1. Talk about your feelings
  2. Keep active
  3. Eat well
  4. Drink sensibly
  5. Keep in touch
  6. Ask for help
  7. Take a break
  8. Do something you’re good at
  9. Accept who you are
  10. Care for others

The Money Advice Service have developed a guide which shows how mental health issues affects your financial position. To see this guide (it will open in a new window).

Look for some help

If you need help, the list below shows who you can contact

Samaritans

Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: www.samaritans.org

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Mind Infoline

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Website: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines

Mind provides confidential mental health information services.

With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.  If you need urgent help you can use their interactive tool here

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line

Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday)
Email: online contact form
Website: http://www.rethink.org/about-us/our-mental-health-advice

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England.

Saneline

Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Website: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helpline

Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.

The Mix

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
Email: Helpline email form
Crisis Support: Text ‘THEMIX’ to 85258.
Website: www.themix.org.uk/get-support

The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix’s support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.

ChildLine

Telephone: 0800 1111
Website: www.childline.org.uk

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 – no problem is too big or too small.

Elefriends

Website: http://elefriends.org.uk/

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. Elefriends is run by Mind.

Others

If you’re a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Carers Trust, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.

Time to change is a growing social movement focussed on ending mental health discrimination and providing support.   

The Citizens Advice Bureau offer online chat.

YouDrive thinks....

For years mental health has been almost a taboo subject – now it is recognised as a real problem and people are starting to recognise the issues and seek help.  Whether you try and fix the issues yourself or look for help, YouDrive believe that you have already taken the step by recognising that there is a problem.  You can do whatever is needed to improve, whether it’s through self help or by seeking support.

You can either go back to MindDrive by clicking here or on the first button below, look for further information by following the links at the bottom of the page, or look at another Drive.

People who looked at MindDrive also looked at StressDrive and SleepDrive.

You’ve seen more detail on the different points of view, and also what YouDrive’s view is.  You can go back to MindDrive by clicking the button here.

More information

Go to Mind A-Z of mental health

This NHS backed Wellness Recovery Action Plan helps you overcome unhelpful behaviours – it can be done by you at home – you might want do it in conjunction with someone you trust.  Download it here.

Public Health England with the NHS support the OneYou initiative. Do their Mind Plan quiz  which after 5 simple questions gives you some things to do and lets you create an action plan.

The NHS published a Mental Health Bulletin in November 2019 which shows a detailed picture of people using NHS funded secondary mental health services in 2018-19- download it here.

The  Money and Mental Health Policy Institute produced a paper showing the link between money and mental health – download it here.

The Mental Health Foundation Institute have a paper on Fundamental Facts on Mental Health (2016) – download it here.

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