- One in 6 adults suffer from a common mental health disorder
- Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales
- 4% of people experience mental health problems in the workplace
- 10% of mothers, and 6% of fathers in the UK have mental health problems at any given time
- 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age
Mental Health problems are a commonplace in modern society. With a staggering 1 in 6 adults suffering from a common mental health problem, such as depression and anxiety in the UK throughout their lifetime, it is a very relevant topic to us all. In many cases, just having someone to talk through the problems you are facing can be a big help! If you ever feel like you are suffering from any kind of mental health problem, even if you are not quite sure why you do not feel yourself, it is always best to seek help and talk to someone about it as soon as possible.
Some ways that you can find confidential help and advice when suffering with mental health problems, or even helping someone else with mental health problems include:
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Provides confidential, non-judgmental 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.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday)
Web site: www.mind.org.uk/help/advice_lines
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 distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind has around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.
Mind also have two offices located in Runcorn and Widnes, from which they can organise face to face chats with anybody requiring it. You can also get involved by taking part in activities throughout Halton with Mind. This helps those suffering with mental illness to gather with others in a safe environment, to talk, and get involved with the community.
If you ever suspect you are suffering from mental health problems, or do not feel like your normal self, contact your local GP. GP’s can refer you to places, and people to help you through any tough problems you may be facing.
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)
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 and Northern Ireland.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (6pm-11pm)
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems, and those who support them.
Telephone: 0800 1111
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 is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. Elefriends is run by Mind.
If you’re a carer needing support you can contact all of the above, or Carers Direct, and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.
Mental Health is something that at one time or another has affected us all throughout our lives, or those close to us, as the above statistics show. Remembering others, and a simple text to check on how people are doing can sometimes make a huge difference to people. Always be mindful of mental health and the symptoms, you are not alone in mental health.
If you would like to help any of the above charities, please click the website links to find their donations pages. Many of these charities provide their services for free, and do a lot for people throughout the UK suffering from mental health!
All of the above statistics are from the Mental Health Foundation, for more information please visit: http://bit.ly/1nXNbH3