Today is World Mental Health Day. If you or someone you know may need assistance with a mental health issue, help is at hand.
Where can I get help?
Mental health services are available for free on the NHS, while there are a number of helplines and charities that offer support.
I want to speak to someone now – where can I find a number to call?
The Samaritans operates a round-the-clock freephone service 365 days a year for people who want to talk in confidence. You can call them on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.
The mental health charity Mind also has an online tool if you feel like you need help now. It is at mind.org.uk/need-urgent-help/using-this-tool/
A list of charities providing services for a spectrum of mental health needs can be found here: nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/
Which services does the NHS offer?
In most cases you will need to speak to your GP first, who will then refer you to a specialist.
Some services allow people to self-refer, including services that provide psychological therapies for stress, anxiety or depression.
Support for substance or alcohol abuse can also be found via self-referral services.
If your mental health difficulty is related to stress in your workplace, you can ask your employer what occupational health services are available to you.
By law, employers should consider making reasonable adjustments if you are at a major disadvantage compared to other people who do not have a mental health problem.
School or college-related issues
If you are at school or college, mental health care may be arranged for you. Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in your area may also have their own website.
Helping someone else
Mind provides friends, family, carers and others with tips on how to help someone with a mental health problem.