1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem this year, would you know how to help if it’s someone you know?
With World Mental Health Day taking place on 10 October, we are thinking of those who are currently experiencing a mental health problem as well as their families and friends.
These days, talking about mental health is becoming much easier but when you are feeling low and aren’t sure where to turn, talking about it can be the last thing on your mind. Many people can feel like hiding away, pretending it isn’t happening or that they could be treated differently after telling someone they are not coping.
That’s why it’s so important to check in on your relatives and friends, especially if they’ve not been their usual selves recently. Sometimes, all it needs is for someone like you to #asktwice for that person to start talking about how they feel. You don’t have to be an expert to listen to someone, just knowing you care can be enough to encourage them to talk and if you use open questions – the ones that start with who, what, where, how, when or why, you can help them even more.
Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health said: “Just because mental health problems are not visible, doesn’t mean that someone isn’t going through a hard time. People are very good at putting on a brave face when they are really feeling at rock bottom inside.
“Take a look around you, whether you see friends, family, colleagues or even people you don’t know, one in four of them could be experiencing mental health problems right now.
“There is so much support available for anyone facing the challenges mental health problems bring. One way to start recovery is to speak to your GP, however, in Buckinghamshire there are also lots of organisations offering support including Bucks Mind, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably – support for men) and the Samaritans. Public Health England has today launched ‘Every Mind Matters’, a great new mental health campaign, with lots of tools and support for anyone currently experiencing a mental health problem.
“By looking out for those we care about and talking to them when we first feel something isn’t right, we can help them get the help they need sooner rather than later. Let’s share the message that it’s OK not to be OK.”
Where can I get help?
To talk about your feelings you can also contact a GP or one of the local support organisations including:
NHS One You – Every Mind Matters
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou then click on ‘Every Mind Matters’
Samaritans – 116 123 (24 hours)
Shout (free 24/7 text service) Text Shout to 85258
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) 0800 585858
(7 days a week 5pm-midnight)
MIND 0300 123 3393
PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) – 08000 684141
(Mon-Fri 10am-5pm + 7pm-10pm, weekends 2pm-5pm)
Youth Concern - 01296 431183
Kooth (online support for young people)
Childline (national agency)
Time to Change (national agency)
Buckinghamshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Buckinghamshire Adult Mental Health Services
If you have concerns that you or someone you know is about to act on suicidal thoughts call 111 or 999, or go to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. In Buckinghamshire this is at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
There is further information and advice, including support for people bereaved by suicide, on the Buckinghamshire Mind website at http://www.bucksmind.org.uk/crisis-support/