Trigger Warning: Mental Health, Suicide.
Mental Health Awareness is important to discuss and be open about. 1 in 4 of us will experience mental ill-health at some point within our lifetime. This sadly increases for those who have been marginalised in society such as LGBTQ+ people, being a minority ethnic (including British minority ethnic) and disabled people. In addition, suicide is the biggest killer in men under the age of 40.
This past year we have been challenged in ways that we could not have expected. A lot of us turned to nature and went for walks in green spaces. Research from the Mental Health Foundation has shown that 45% of participants reported that being in green spaces had been vital for their mental health.
This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is nature. Our Communications Manager Jake has provided a video of what we have been doing to promote Mental Health in the Workplace.
If you have been affected by this blog here is a list of organisations who you cna talk to:
Okrehab is a drug and alcohol rehab provider in the UK. Their helpline is staffed by people who’ve faced drug & alcohol addiction in the past.
Phone: 0800 326 5559
Visit the OK Rehab website
Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.
Phone: 116 123
Visit the Samaritans website
SOS Silence of Suicide provides a listening service For children and adults who need emotional support, understanding, compassion & kindness.
Phone: 0300 102 0505
Visit the SOS Silence of Suicide website
Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone struggling to cope and in need of immediate help.
Text SHOUT to 85258
Visit the Shout website here
PAPYRUS offer support, practical advice and information to young people considering suicide and can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.
Phone: 0800 068 41 41
Visit the Papyrus website
CALM, the campaign against living miserably is a suicide prevention charity that offers free, anonymous and confidential support via their helpline and webchat for anyone who is in crisis.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily 5pm-midnight)
Visit the CALM website
Lifeline provides support to people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland, regardless of age or district.
Phone: 0808 808 8000 (24 hours a day)
Visit the Lifeline website
Community Advice & Listening Line offers emotional support and information on mental health and related matters to people in Wales.
Phone: 0800 132 737 (24/7) or text “help” to 81066
Visit the Community Advice & Listening Line website
Breathing Space offers a confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
Phone: 0800 83 85 87 (Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, weekends 24 hours).
A BSL service is also available via the website.
Visit the Breathing Space website
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Visit the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide website