Coronavirus has really impacted on the mental health of millions of people around the world. For my non-UK readers, the majority of the UK are in lockdown, meaning we’re once again restricted from living our everyday lives, which has massively taken a toll on many of us.
As someone that’s really passionate about speaking up on mental health issues, I thought it was only right that I would make this post, as it could really help someone that may be silently struggling. I struggle with mental health issues myself, and have done from a very young age. Although I didn’t feel the impact as much as others in the first lockdown, there have really been some moments in which I felt so alone during the second and current lockdown. The point of this post is to remind you that you are never, ever alone, as much as you feel you may be. There will always be a family member or friend that wants to listen to you and give you support because they love you and want the best for you. If you don’t feel like there is, hopefully some of these links will make you realise that there are ways to get help.
Something I want to repeat from a prior Instagram story I posted is that you please don’t let anything negative ‘settle’ inside of you for too long. Even if you think it’s small or ‘not worth talking about’, just talk about it with anyone – you don’t want these problems to keep growing inside of you. It really is true what they say – a problem shared is a problem halved, and remember that you will never be a burden by getting your feelings out there!
On that note, it is equally as important to check up on other people! People may not ask for help, so something as simple as asking “how are you?” or even sending them this post may be just what they need. Remember, this post isn’t just for lockdown, it’s for whenever you or a friend need it.
Mental health helplines
NHS – 111 (24/7) OR for urgent cases https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline
Samaritans – 116 123 (24/7, free)
Young Minds – text YM to 85258 (24/7, free)
Anxiety UK – 03444 775 774 (9:30-5:30 Mon-Fri, local landline and mobile charges apply)
Men’s Health Forum – 020 7922 7908 (24/7, free)
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) – 0800 58 58 58 (5pm – midnight, daily)
No Panic (for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD) – 0844 967 4848 (10am-10pm, daily, local landline and mobile charges apply)
NSPCC – 0800 1111 (Childline, helpline for children, 7:30am-3:30am, free) OR 0808 800 5000 (adults concerned about children, 8am-10pm Mon-Fri and 9am-6pm on weekends, free)
Refuge (Domestic violence) – 0808 2000 247 (24/7, free)
Drinkline (concerned about your drinking or someone else’s drinking)- 0300 123 1110 (9am-8pm Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm weekends, free)
FRANK (advice about drug use and the law) – 0300 1236600 OR text a question to 82111 (24/7, free)
Victim Support (victims of crime) – 0808 168 9111 (24/7, free)
Beat (eating disorders) – 0808 801 0677 (adults) 0808 801 0711 (under-18’s) (9am-8pm Mon-Fri, 4pm-8pm weekends and bank holidays)
Cruse Bereavement Care – 0808 808 1677 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri, free)
Mencap (people with learning disabilities, parents and carers)- 0808 808 1111 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)
Websites to learn more (access to live chats too)
There are places you can pay to get therapy (including Anxiety UK!), but it’s also worth talking to your GP about possible therapy options too, which can sometimes be free! GP’s are there to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask!
If you have any helplines or websites that you think are useful, drop them in the comments below. Don’t forget to save this or share to someone who may need it. Be kind and take care x