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If you or someone you know needs urgent help for their Mental Health please call 999 or go to your nearest A&E (Accident and Emergency) department.
If you need to talk to someone you can contact the Samaritans. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call free on 116 123 or email email@example.com
1 in 4 of us will experience a Mental Health problem during our lifetime.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 young people are now struggling with their mental health as opposed to 1 in 10 pre-pandemic.
1 in 5 people have thoughts of suicide and 1 in 15 sadly attempt suicide.
You may be worried about your own mental health or maybe someone you know is struggling and has spoken to you about their feelings. They may be showing signs you are unfamiliar with and their mood has changed.
Some of the more well-known symptoms of someone struggling with their mental health are:
Anxious or irritable
Saying or doing unusual things
Struggling to cope with work or studies
Problems with concentration or memory
but you may not even notice anything as things like depression can often be invisible. Do not feel guilty if you haven’t noticed.
What you can do is:
- Keep in touch – even if it’s just a weekly call or text to check how they are. Let them know they can get in touch with you if they need to talk. This is a simple, low-pressure way to tell them you’re there for them.
- Encourage them to get out and about. A walk in the local park or a visit to an art gallery can be a great way to lift their spirits and allow them to talk if they want to. Avoid nights out drinking as alcohol can make depression worse.
- Ask them how they’re looking after themselves and whether there’s anything you can do to support them, such as helping them find a counsellor or looking after their children while they go to a therapy appointment.
- Listen properly. Just letting someone talk – and cry if they need to – can be invaluable. You don’t need to have answers for them. Giving them time and space to talk is one of the most supportive things you can do.
What you shouldn’t do
- Tell them to pull themselves together or snap out of it – they would if they could.
- Point out all the positives in their life. Depression is an illness that makes it very difficult for people to feel hopeful or optimistic, and telling them to count their blessings is likely to make them feel guilty and ashamed.
- Pressure them to talk about their mental health all the time. Let them know they can if they want to – that’s crucial – but remember simply getting them out of the house or talking about other things may be just as helpful.
- Assume they’re better after a few weeks or months. Even if someone seems brighter for a while, this doesn’t necessarily mean their depression has gone for good. Depression can be long term and some people are susceptible to recurring bouts of depression. Those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) will also tend to feel very low and lethargic during the winter months.
Most of all let them know you are there for them.
Other urgent help and support
If you need urgent NHS mental health support, call our Mental Health Central Access Point. A 24/7 free helpline for people of all ages in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Offering round-the-clock access to urgent support, signposting and referral for yourself or on behalf of someone else. Calls are handled by Turning Point’s experienced recovery workers and they are supported by NHS clinicians.
Our Infoline provides an information and signposting service. We’re open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Post: Mind Infoline,
PO Box 75225,
London, E15 9FS
Ask us about
- mental health problems
- where to get help near you
- treatment options
- advocacy services.
The Rethink Mental Illness advice and information service offers practical help on a wide range of topics such as The Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, and carers rights.
We also offer general information on living with mental illness, medication and care.
Call: 0808 801 0525
Open – Monday – Friday
9.30am – 4.00pm
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
We’re CALM and we stand together, united against suicide, with everyone in the UK. Stand with us, join the campaign and together we can save more lives.
Anyone can feel suicidal. So we need to be there for everyone. From advice on our website about issues you might be facing; through to free, confidential chats with our helpline staff, online or on the phone, we’re here for anyone who’s struggling, every single day of the year. No matter what.
Our helpline and webchat are open 365 days a year, offering practical suggestions for all of life’s problems – whether that’s anxiety, relationship concerns, health worries, money worries or suicidal thoughts. Our staff answer a call every 66 seconds – they listen, talk and help people struggling with life to make a plan so they can begin to look to the future.
CALM’s helpline and livechat are open from 5pm to midnight everyday. 365 days a year.
Tel: 0800 585858