Whether you are in peak health, have been struggling with severe mental health difficulties or find yourself somewhere in between, this article is for you and it might just help to save someone’s life. In this article I am wanting to highlight some of the most important numbers, websites, and online chat services aimed at helping people with their mental health. Some are for emergency situations, but the majority are there to help out when life gets difficult and you’re not sure where to turn.
What you must keep in mind is that you may not need to use this information, but I can guarantee that you need to know this information. One of the most important reasons for having easy access to these facilities is because if you find yourself in an emergency mental health situation, such as dealing with someone who is suicidal, then having quick access to these numbers might save their life. As well as this, the last two years have taught us that anything can happen. Mental health problems are bought on by hundreds of different reasons; having this knowledge might just lend you a helping hand one day.
Please note this article is targeted at those living in the United Kingdom.
This information was last updated on 01/04/2022 and is to the best of our knowledge accurate.
Mental Health problems are often unique and effect us all in different ways. They differ in scale of severity, length of time, side effects and so many other factors. Nevertheless, something which most people find they have in common is that the events leading from a stable mental health condition to an emergency mental health crisis often involves a spiral in which negative and destructive thoughts are allowed to escalate and get completely out of control. If we can stop this from happening by intervening and preventing this destructive spiral, we may just be able to save someone from a fatal situation. But how can we do this?
Well, fortunately there are professional organisations who are trained to deal with these situations. Sometimes, all someone needs is a friendly, non-judgemental voice to talk to. Other times more specialist care and treatment will be needed. Whatever the case, having a professional contact is so important for someone struggling with their mental health. Some of these services offer support for a broad range of issues and some are targeted towards more specific issues or groups. As I said before, you may never need to use these numbers (and I hope you don’t have to) but you may have to pass them on to someone who does. Either way, taking a moment to familiarise yourself with these organisations and how to contact them is the first step in being able to help someone out (including yourself). Save these numbers to your contact list, save the link to this article in your notes, print the page and stick it on your fridge, share it with your family and friends. Do what you can to ensure this information is out there.