Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
As Mental Health Awareness Week draws to a close, we want to say that whatever you are going through, there is always someone to talk to. It's been an especially tough year for most of us, there is no shame in reaching out.
"Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling." (mind.org.uk)
This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness week is #ConnectWithNature. The charity have found that more than 50% of UK adults have found that being out in nature has improved their mental health substantially. So why not try it, and get out for a dander somewhere this evening after work? All the more reason to do so if you’re working from home!
We have compiled a list of some fantastic free resources below where there is always somebody on the other end of the phone to chat to about anything.
Samaritans - Call 116 123
The Samaritans are a charity that you can contact 24/7 via phone, email, by letter or through their self-help app. They offer a confidential service where you can turn to if you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity - Call 0345 605 1956 (UK) & 1800 939 122 (ROI)
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is an organisation that offers a 24/7 helpline to the Construction Industry’s workforce in the UK and Ireland. This is a unique and valuable resource that provides lots of differing types of aid to those in need.
Shout UK - Text 85258 for free
Shout UK are the UK’s first 24/7 text support service. Text messages are confidential and anonymous and are available for young people up to the age of 25.
Mind - Call 0300 123 3393
Mind are a UK charity that provide advice and support to anyone suffering with mental health issues. Visit their website to find out more about all the ways in which they can help you.
YoungMinds - Text 85258
Young Minds is a charity supporting young people experiencing a mental health crisis. They offer a completely confidential and secure text service that is available 24/7.
The CALMzone - Call 0800 58 58 58 or access their web chat here
CALM stands for 'Campaign Against Living Miserably'. This charity offers support from 5pm - Midnight, 365 days a year. They have found that "every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male". It is CALM's mission to change this very sad statistic.