Today is WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY! Every year, on 10 October, we recognise World Mental Health day globally... to help shine a light on mental health education, spread awareness, and advocate against any remaining social stigma surrounding mental health problems, treatment, and more. The overall objective is to raise awareness about mental health issues all around the world, and mobilise efforts in support of mental health.
World Mental Health Day also provides an opportunity for businesses, people, charities, and really, anyone, to talk openly about mental health struggles, pathways to receiving support, available resources, and what they feel needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
For more information, check out the World Health Organisation's page on WMHD 2019, focused on suicide prevention. Additionally, more details about this important day can be found on the Mental Health Foundation's website.
- Changes Bristol - Changes Bristol has been providing support to those in mental distress in Greater Bristol since 2003. They do so by providing weekly support meetings across the city so that people can come and talk about their problems in a non-judgemental, safe and confidential environment. This service is free, accessible to all adults (over 18), has no waiting list, requires no referral or formal diagnosis, and can be used for as long as people would like. Additionally, they also provide literature and learning materials at each meeting to improve wellbeing. These resources are based on Positive Psychology, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Mindfulness. Changes also runs social events, which help people engage in activities in the community.
- Talk Club UK, Bristol - Talk Club always begins with the question: “How are you, out of 10?” and in each 2 hour session, these guys just talk about what’s going on in their lives, support and rally around each other, and connect with others who may experience similar stress/strain in their lives. Talk Club is a safe space; a non-judgmental group that is all about preventing struggles with mental illness, keeping its members mentally fit, and helping improve mental strength and resilience. Talk Club Bristol meet every Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Bristol Beer Factory, next to our Ashton club. If you'd like to join, or simply want more information, please request access to the private Talk Club - Bristol Facebook Group, or the National Talk Club Facebook Group.
- Bristol Mental Health Employment Service - the BMHE service support adults who are experiencing mental health problems, who also need help with finding, or staying in employment. The kind of support they offer is dependent on individual needs. Once BMHE have spoken to the person seeking support, they adapt the support offered to meet their needs. Support varies from one phone conversation, to more in-depth one-to-one support. Their role is to help build confidence and self-sufficiency; where people feel able to deal with employment with little or no support, while also making people aware of their rights and what they can expect when applying for employment or dealing with their existing job. Check out our blog post feature on them here.
- Bristol Independent Mental Health Network - represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of Bristol’s mental health services, as well as those with lived experiences of mental health. BIMHN provides a safe space for people to confidentially share their needs and experiences of services, while campaigning for change by holding local providers accountable.
- Bristol Mind - Bristol Mind is a mental health resource for people in Bristol and surrounding areas providing everything from information and advice, to a wide range of advocacy services, to low cost counseling, to confidential helplines, and more.
NATIONAL RESOURCES AND HELPLINES
- Samaritans - whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call free, any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
- Mental Health Foundation - the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what they do, the MHF aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems. The Mental Health Foundation's website has a variety of podcasts, videos, tools for you to test your stress and levels of positive mental health, inspiring stories, and information about getting help if you're struggling.
- Papyrus - Papyrus provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline, HOPELINEUK. Call 0800 068 4141, text 07786209697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. HOPELINEUK advisers want to work with you to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.
- The Mix - The Mix is the here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts that we have. They offer a free & confidential helpline available 365 days a year via phone (0808 808 4994), email or webchat. They also have discussion boards and live chat, and are open from 4pm to 11pm every day.
- YoungMinds - run a free, confidential parents helpline, which parents / carers can call if they are worried about how a child or young person is feeling or behaving. They also run a group called Parents Say, for parents whose children are accessing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Call 0808 802 5544 or if you need urgent help, text the YoungMinds Crisis messenger YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Heads Together - a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.
- MIND - Mind’s Infoline (call 0300 123 3393) advisors provide information on a range of topics including; types of mental health problems, where to get help and support in your local area, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. The Helpline is open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
- CALM - CALM, otherwise known as the Campaign Against Living Miserably, offer accredited, confidential and free support to men anywhere in the UK through a helpline and a webchat service. They will talk through any issue with you and offer support, advice and signposting. Calls won’t show up on your phone bill and are free all phones. Call 0800 58 58 58 from 5pm until midnight, 365 days per year.
- SHOUT - for support in crisis. If you need immediate support, you can text SHOUT to 85258 and chat by text. The service is free on most networks and available 24/7, and trained volunteers will listen to you, and work with to help you take the next steps towards feeling better.
Remember, it's okay not to be okay. If you or someone you love are struggling, we hope these resources are helpful in your journey towards healing. We'll leave you with this: please remember you're stronger than you think, and you are never, ever alone. Talk to a friend, family member, your GP, or someone you trust. We're here for you if you need it as well - come talk.
Mental Health Matters. Don't give up. You are worth it.