If you’re feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious, remember; you’re not alone. There’s nothing wrong in admitting you’re struggling, and that you need support – sometimes, we all need a little help. You should consider seeing your GP if you’ve been feeling anxious or depressed for more than a few weeks, or if the problems are beginning to affect your daily life.
If you need to talk to someone, the mental health helpline has a list of specialist groups you can contact for immediate help. The Samaritans free helpline (call 116 123) is available 24-7, for people who wish to talk in confidence. If you’ve had thoughts of self-harming, or you’re having suicidal thoughts, contact someone you can trust – such as your GP, or a close friend or relative, immediately.
Mental illnesses are more common than we think. A survey by Mind found that one in four of the British population will experience a mental health problem each year.
What to do if you're feeling suicidal
If you’re feeling suicidal, please stop long enough to read this – it will only take a moment.
The fact you’re here at this minute means you’re still unsure; while a part of you wants to die, a part of you wants to live. You’re not a bad person, weak-willed, or worthless because you’re feeling this way. It only means you’ve had more pain you feel you can cope with. Whether the pain is bearable varies – what is bearable for one is unbearable for another; willpower has nothing to do with it. Never listen if anyone tells you; “that’s nothing to feel suicidal about”.
You can call The Samaritans 24-hour helpline (call 116 123), or call your GP immediately to arrange an appointment. If you feel you can’t, try confiding in a close friend or family member. For urgent advice, you can also call the NHS 111 number. The Campaign Against Living Miserably also operate a helpline on 0800 58 58 58. The NHS also has a large list of mental health helplines to call. For men, Men’s Mental Health is a service run by men who have suffered with mental health problems, and provide an emotional outlet for men who are suffering.