Mental health issues are regarded as a taboo subject, mostly because its all left unsaid. Yet, 1 in four suffer with some form of mental health problem (www.mind.org.uk) with many not seeking the help they need, Although your GP can offer some services in such areas, there are other organisations such as Mind that can offer you informational services through helplines, legal services and through their website and publications.
Mind also have local centres, run as independent charities by local people for local people (http://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/local-minds/), which provide additional support such as counselling, crisis helplines, housing and employment schemes.
Not only do they offer such a range of services to all of those in need, they campaign for changes in legislation, legal rights and discrimination issues.
Their information and support services, available here: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/ outlines further the support and information available. Their types of mental problems page is a really valuable resource providing detailed information on explaining health problems, tips and guidance and where to access further support relating to specific mental health problems, such as; anxiety, panic attacks, sleep problems, stress, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), depression and so much more,
Like with all the other charities explored this year, so far, there are many ways in which you can get involved. You can; donate, run, fundraise, shop at a local store/donate your preloved items. You can also share your stories, like Jonny Benjamin’s experience below, to comfort others who are struggling too and to help break the taboo barrier on mental health. You can find out more on getting involved here: http://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/
On a very personal note. For several years I have suffered with anxiety, which is heightened in times of stress- this past year has been somewhat challenging for me in this aspect whilst studying my final year of university. Most of the time it was a battle I felt I was struggling in alone- but you’re not. There is help and guidance available everywhere. Personally, I had counselling sessions through the university and on one occasion called the Samaritans helpline on a particularly difficult day. But it was just as important turning to my boyfriend- who could seem to rationalise everything when I simply couldn’t- he suffered a fair few sleepless nights with me this year and even on a few occasions when it was to do nothing but sit with me, it made all the difference. If you feel like a friend or family member is reaching out or perhaps not saying much at all- just be there for them, just ask them if they are OK and attempt to support them in whatever way you can.
Please do take the time to have a look at the below video and the videos associated with the mental health selfie- for these individuals to voice their experiences to share with others is a wonderful and what I imagine, a very challenging thing.