Did you know that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year? With a quarter of the population suffering at some point this year, we want to work towards ending the stigma that surrounds mental health and provide any support we can to our workforce, friends and families.
We have pulled together a list of the phone numbers, websites and apps that could be of benefit if you are struggling yourself or you know someone who is.
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Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for anyone experiencing feelings of distress, including feelings that lead to suicidal thoughts. They are available to speak to over the phone, web, email and face-to-face.
Tel: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Mind Infoline provides confidential mental health information services, which enables people to make informed choices including where to get help, therapies and advocacy.
Tel: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday – Friday)
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide provides confidential help and advice to young people under the age of 35 and anyone worried about a young person. Their service, Hopeline, is a confidential support and advice service, open 10am-10pm weekday, 2pm-10pm weekends and 2pm-5pm bank holidays.
Tel: 0800 068 41 41
Text: 0778 620 9697
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line provides expert advice to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, including employers, health professionals and staff. The also run Rethink groups across England and Northern Ireland.
Tel: 0300 5000 927 (9:30am – 4pm Monday to Friday)
The Mix caters for young people aged between 13-25 providing judgement-free information and support on issues relating to mental health, with the option to receive peer-to-peer and counselling services.
Tel: 0808 808 4994
Email: (form fill) http://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team/email-us
Headspace (free to install, in app purchases) is a mindfulness and meditation app with bite sized meditations for busy schedules, SOS exercises in case of sudden issues and themed sessions from sleep to stress.
Silvercloud (free to use) provides a wide range of supportive and interactive programmes, tools and tactics for mental and behavioural health issues.
Calm Harm (free to use) provides tasks that help you to resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can add your own tasks and it’s completely private and password protected.
Stay Alive (free to use) is a pocket suicide prevention resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.
WellMind (free to use) is your free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help with stress, anxiety and depression.
SAM Self-help for Anxiety Management (free to use) will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.
Mood Tools (free to install, in-app purchases) is designed to help you combat depression and alleviate your negative moods, including thought diary, activities, safety plan, information, tests and videos.
Relax Melodies (free to install, in-app purchases) is a relaxation and sleep app that allows you to select sounds and melodies that you like and combine them to create a mix.
Rise Up (free to use) is an app for people struggling with food, dieting, exercise and body image. The app is based upon self-monitoring homework, a cornerstone of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Start a conversation today and let’s work together to help end the stigma.