Garth Harkness

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 18TH-24TH MAY

by Garth Harkness on 19 May, 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. The theme is that “Kindness makes the world a better place”

Carry out some acts of kindness for yourself and others

Some areas for support

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Carers Direct Helpline: 0300 123 1053

Men’s Health Forum: 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)Website: www.mind.org.uk

Local services Website: https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/local-minds/local-minds/

No Panic: Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD Action: Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

OCD UK: A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)Website: www.ocduk.org

Young suicide prevention society: Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on week- ends and bank holidays)Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Rethink Mental Illness: Support and advice for people living with mental illness. Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm) Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans: Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE: Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/ textcare Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

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