As it's Mental Health Awareness Day we decided to bring forward this months Do-Gooders blog by putting together a list of organisations and charities that offer support and are responding to people who are severely affected by mental health.
The Mix is known for UK’s leading support service for young people. They offer help from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job and from break-ups to drugs. The Mix have an extensive online community and they also offer a free confidential helpline and counselling service for any young person under the age of 25. You can even join their online group chats from 8am to 9:30pm for a safe space to hang out or to share your feelings.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed and needing to speak to someone immediately and anonymously? Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 at any time, day or night. Shout offers a 24/7 service that helps you cope with issues of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you just need someone to talk to.
With volunteers working 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, Samaritans are responding to calls for help every six seconds without any judgement or pressure. Samaritans offer advice on how to cope and great support to those in times of need. They work tirelessly to reach more people in prisons, schools, hospitals and on the rail network to ensure they make suicide prevention a priority.
Rethink Mental Illness are an organisation that shape their expert, advice, information and training to their 200 different services and 140 local support groups ranging from community support, criminal justice, housing, advocacy and to advice and helplines. 98% of people who use their services claim they got the right level of support. Their vision is to have equality, rights and fair treatment for everyone affected by mental illness.
So whatever you might be going through and if you feel like you need some assistance, advice or support just remember that there are a lot of organisations and services out there that have incredible volunteers and a large community that are listening. You are never alone and they will always be someone to talk to.