Today is World Mental Health Day.
Mental Health Day isn’t just for those who interact with abusive, narcissistic people and the resulting trauma and abuse from such interactions.
It is also for those who are dealing with other types of mental health issues like bipolar, OCD, depression, anxiety and so on.
Consider this your Catholic Mental Health Resource Masterpost.
THE PAIN AND SUFFERING OF MENTAL ILLNESS IS REAL – BUT SO IS HOPE
I hope you find this useful/helpful for yourself or someone in your life.
St. Dymphna, pray for us.
Our Lady of Mental Peace, pray for us
- Calm Harm – provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
- Booster Buddy – journal + med reminders
- Aloe Bud – An app made to help you get the hang of self-care.
It is an interesting take on a checklist.
- Reflectly – a journal app centered around mental health.
- Amaru – an app meant to help with anxiety.
- Calm – An app meant to help with anxiety / sleeping problems.
- Headspace – basically the same as Calm.
- Daylio – same thing as Reflectly.
SCRUPULOSITY / ANXIETY / OCD
PTSD AND TRAUMA
UK-BASED MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Please feel free to send me the national mental health resources for your country and I will add them to this master post.
If you need immediate help:
In an emergency:
- Call 999
- Go to your local A&E department
If you’re in crisis and need to speak to someone:
- Call NHS 111 (for when you need help but are not in immediate danger)
- Contact your GP and ask for an emergency appointment
- Use the ‘Shout’ crisis text line – text SHOUT to 85258
- Call C.A.L.L. on 0800 132 737 (Wales only)
- If you live in England, you can use https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline to find a crisis mental health helpline in your local area
Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
- 116 123 (free to call from within the UK and Ireland), 24 hours a day
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mind offers advice, support and information to people experiencing a mental health difficulty and their family and friends. Mind also has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help and assistance.
Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS
Our Infoline provides an information and signposting service. We’re open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Ask us about:
- mental health problems
- where to get help near you
- treatment options
- advocacy services.
Legal line: 0300 466 6463
Post: Mind Legal line, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS
Our Legal line provides legal information and general advice on mental health related law. We’re open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Ask us about:
- being detained under the Mental Health Act (sectioning)
- mental capacity
- community care
- discrimination and equality.
They work with anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. Their helpline is open between 4:40pm and 10pm every day of the year. They also provide a free text-based support service called Textcare. And an online supportive forum community, where anyone can share their experiences of mental health issues.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
9am – midnight every day of the year (Weekends and Bank Holidays included)
Our Suicide Prevention Advisers are ready to support you.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
A helpline for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.
- Helpline: 0800 58 58 58
- Webchat: www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/
- You can also get pointers to their different guides and resources here: https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/
5pm to midnight, every day of the year
SANE services provide practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.
- Support Forum: www.sane.org.uk
- Call 07984 967 708 and leave a message, giving your first name and a contact number, and someone will call you back as soon as possible
- Textcare: http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/textcare/
Mental Health Foundation
- They have guides for different mental health conditions, available for reading here – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z. These talk through different treatment options as well as where you can find other resources
- They have free publications that you can check out that offer practical advice for things such as mindfulness or improving sleep quality – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/looking-after-your-mental-health
- They also have podcasts and videos that talk through things like lifestyle improvement, people’s stories with their mental health – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos
Citizen’s Advice Bureau
If you go on to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and do a search for mental health, they do have lists of resources and ways of getting help in your local area. They can also offer advice on things like benefits and so on.
Mentally Healthy Schools
They have resources aimed at pupils, school staff, and parents and carers that provide various resources on things such as mental health, sexual harassment, transitioning from primary school to high school, discrimination, and so on.
Mental Health and Money Advice
Clear, practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money. They provide information on things like paying for mental health services, handling benefits and debt, and so on.
Support in Mind Scotland
Support in Mind Scotland seek to support and empower all those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters.
Telephone – 0131 662 4359 (Monday – Friday between 9am – 5pm)
Counselling therapies in Edinburgh for black and minority ethnic woman aged 12+
Telephone – 0131 556 9302 (Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm)
A national support helpline for people experiencing anxiety, panic, OCD and related disorders including withdrawal from tranquillizers. No Panic also provides support for the carers of people who suffer from anxiety disorders.
Telephone – 0300 7729844 (10.00 am – 10.00 pm every day of the year. During the night hours the crisis message is played. The crisis message is a recorded breathing exercise that can help you through a panic attack and help you learn diaphragmatic breathing.)
Edinburgh Crisis Centre
Provides community based emotional and practical support at times of crisis
Telephone – 0808 801 0414 Text 07974429075 Freephone (24/7)
A free and confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
Telephone – 0800 83 85 87 Free from landlines and mobiles (Monday to Thursday 6.00pm – 2.00am, and at the Weekend from Friday 6.00pm to Monday 6.00am)
Health in Mind Trauma Counselling Line
A free, confidential telephone counselling service for individuals who experienced abuse as a child.
Address – 40 Shandwick Place Edinburgh EH2 4RT
Telephone – 08088 02 04 06 Freephone (14:00 – 18:00 hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday or 9:00 – 15:00 hours on Friday)
Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed in 1970, by someone living with agoraphobia, for those affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression.
Telephone – 03444 775 774
Bipolar Support Line
Provides information and advice for people affected by bipolar disorder and those who care for them.
Telephone – 0333 323 3880 No more than national rate calls to standard UK landline phone numbers (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm)
MindWise works to support those at risk of, and affected by, severe mental illness and mental health difficulties.
Address – Office Pinewood House, 46 Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5NW
Telephone – 028 90402323
Address – First Floor, Lanyon Building, North Derby Street, Belfast, BT15 3HL
Telephone – 0808 808 8000 Free (24/7)
Hafal are Wales’ leading charity for people with serious mental illness and their carers. Covering all areas of Wales, Hafal is an organisation managed by the people we support: individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness.
Telephone – 01792 816 600/832 400
Community Advice and Listening Line (CALL)
Offers emotional support and information/literature on Mental Health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service. C.A.L.L. Helpline offers a confidential listening and support service.
Telephone – 0800 132 737 or text ‘help’ to 81066 Freephone (24 hours a day, 7 days a week.)
Meic is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales. Online chat on website.
Telephone – 080880 23456 or text 84001 Freephone
OASIS is a specialist service for people aged 14-35, who may be at risk of developing psychosis. We work with people living in the South London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon. We offer two years of confidential emotional and practical support to help people overcome a range of mental health problems, including distressing unusual experiences.
Click here to find out more about self-referral if you are 18 or over.
We accept referrals from healthcare professionals, from family members or from friends. Click here to find out more about referring someone who you feel might benefit from our support.
Solidarity in a Crisis
Solidarity in a Crisis provides an out of hours peer support service for Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark
Monday to Friday 6pm to 12 midnight. Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 12 midnight.
Call: 0300 123 1922
Text: 0788 9756 087 or 0788 9756 083
If you’re a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.
If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email email@example.com or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
Women’s Self Injury Support Services
Support available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm – 9.30pm (except some holidays)
- 14-19 years old?
- Living in the UK?
- Someone who self-harms or worries they might?
- Looking for support but not wanting to do it face to face?
- Wanting to move towards a life free from self-harm?
Alumina groups are online support groups made up of up to 8 young people and 2 leaders, and meet online once a week for 7 weeks. They offer a friendly, inclusive, non-judgmental space where we offer you tools and ideas to help you reflect on your journey and what might be the next right step for you, as you move towards a life free from self-harm.
BEAT offers information resources, online support groups, message boards, and chat rooms for anyone affected by eating disorders. Peer coaching and helplines (general, “Youthline” and “Studentline”) are also accessible from this page, as well as training opportunities for anyone; from school staff to parents, carers, and healthcare professionals. Advice related to coping during Covid-19 is also available on this page.
Lighthouse is a suicide prevention charity in Northern Belfast which gives access to support and advice with self-help ideas and counselling services. If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression, or grief from a bereavement you can contact this service for support. There is also a link to their mailing sign-up on the website for further information.
Zest gives easy access to counselling, support for friends and family members, runs a self-harm intervention programme (S.H.I.P), training courses, and offers different therapies for restoring the body’s natural equilibrium. Zest provides Northern Services which are based in the Mid-Ulster and South Antrim areas, as well as Western Services which ranges from Limavady in the North through Derry, Strabane, Omagh to Enniskillen in the South.
Extern REACH OUT Project (Northern Ireland)
Extern REACH OUT Project helps with building resilience through intervention and treatment services and diversionary activities. Their aim is to reduce the risk of self-harm by promoting wellbeing, independence and healthy life choices, with their ethos being to never walk away from or give up on their service users, and to reach in rather than waiting for you to reach out – offering people the support they say they need by meeting you at your point, when you are ready.
Penumbra providing services for those in need of practical and emotional support, including supported accommodation services in three local areas for those needing care and support. Crisis and short-term support is available at their Edinburgh Crisis Centre, which has a 24hour helpline for those aged 16+ and their carers. Penumbra’s award-winning Nova (social inclusion) Services aim to integrate those experiencing mental ill health, including those at risk of self harm, into their community through various activities and groups. Self-directed support allows you to choose how your support is provided, and peer work promotes recovery. Penumbra’s Self Harm projects are community-based services.
Time and Space
Time and Space based in Glasgow, this service is devoted to its client-led support groups and providing information about self harm and voice hearing. Time and Space also arranges and delivers training for their workers and the general public to make information for supporting people widespread. Support to family members can also be provided and the group produces two newsletters about its service per year.
The Amber Project and The Constellation Project
The Amber Project (Amber) exists to support any young person (aged 14-25) in Cardiff and the surrounding areas who has experience of self-harm.
We offer help in a variety of different ways which currently includes: counselling, practical support, singing, guitar and creative groups, together with theatre workshops.
An important element of Amber is our Constellation project which works with young people 12-25 who are trans, non-binary or questioning their gender identity.
Constellation offers a counselling service, help with practical issues, and weekly workshops (for young people 12-17 and 17-25).
Hear from some of the young people themselves about the impact of The Amber Project on their lives – read their stories.
If you’re a young person based in or near Cardiff and have experience of self-harm, you can contact The Amber Project.
The Lowdown a crisis cafe in Northampton for young people under the age of 25. Parents of under 25s are also able to drop-in, and the page can also be used to find information about access to counselling and other forms of support. However, the crisis cafe is currently an appointment-only service, due to Covid-19 and is being offered remotely. They do also host various workshops and things such as The Espresso Yourself Café for young people aged 11-18 years and their parents/carers.
Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline
Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline this self harm helpline includes support via phonecalls and texts, and access to their webchat from 5pm-10pm. This is a safe, supportive, non-judgemental and informative space for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers. The service is able to support anyone living within Gloucestershire and can also provide access to other organisations in the area which may be able to help.
Harmless is a national user-led organisation that provides a range of self harm and suicide prevention related serivices including: support, information, workbooks and questionnaires, to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals and those at risk of suicide. A blog area can also be found here, as well as information about their professionals, training and consultancy.
Recover Your Life
Recover Your Life although known for helping people suffering with self harm, people with other issues (such as eating disorders, mental health problems, those dealing with abuse, and many more) are also welcomed and supported. The site contains sections devoted to awareness, community, advice, and distractions. Additionally, there are forums which you can view as a guest, or create a login for to access additional features and website areas.
LifeSIGNS (Self-Injury Guidance and Network Support Group)
LifeSIGNS (Self-Injury Guidance and Network Support Group) this online voluntary user-led organisation provides information about self-injury, guidance for others, understanding and support for those who do self-injure, as well as fact sheets and information on how to “come out” as a person who self-injures. The bottom of the page also contains their self-injury related blog articles.
SelfHarmUK is a project dedicated to this site providing a safe space for young people impacted by self-harm to talk, ask questions, and speak openly about their experiences. Blog posts and information resources can be easily found on this page too.
We provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD. OCD Action is recognised as a strong voice for people with OCD, a vital source of help and the Charity that makes a real and lasting difference to anyone affected by OCD.
SUPPORT FROM THE TEAM
SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY
Premier Lifeline (Christian)
Premier Lifeline is staffed by Christian volunteers who are able to offer emotional and spiritual support.
Premier Lifeline offers a response to the challenges of life from a Christian perspective and a willingness to take issues to God in prayer.
Premier Lifeline is a place to explore faith, forgiveness and reconciliation. Whether a person is seeking God for the first time, looking to return to faith, or struggling with doubt, our team are there to come alongside on the phone to support you in your journey of faith.
Premier Lifeline: The National Christian Helpline is a national Christian confidential helpline open 9am to midnight every day on 0300 111 0101 (charged at the standard landline rate and included in any call package which includes landlines).
Association for Post Natal Illness
The Association for Post-Natal Illness is the leading organisation in its field. It is a Registered Charity (No. 280510) and it was established in 1979 to:
– Provide support to mothers suffering from post-natal illness
– Increase public awareness of the illness
– Encourage research into its cause/nature
Call us between 10.00am and 2.00pm (Mondays to Fridays) on: 0207 386 0868 or chat with us using the chat box on the bottom left of the website.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.
Email – write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline – open 9am to 9pm Monday to Sunday 0300 111 5065
bereaveMENt – email bereaveMENt@uksobs.org
Punjabi Speaking Women’s Group – Contact email@example.com or 07376 303 438
Mind and Soul Foundation
Mind and Soul Foundation is a Christian charity providing advice and support for mental and spiritual health and wellbeing (services are available to everyone, regardless of faith). They provide various resources such as books, audios, videos, and online guides that cover various aspects of mental health advice.
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