Mental health resources

How to find help, when you or someone you love needs it.
Published 21 August, 2018

We all experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, frustration, and overwhelm from time to time—they’re part of being human. But when difficult emotions linger for long periods, when it feels hard to do things you usually enjoy or that are important to you, or when feelings of hopelessness or thoughts of self-harm arise, it’s time to get support. Pay attention to the warning signs, and know where to reach out for help.

How to tell whether you or someone you love is in crisis

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the following behaviours may be signs someone is thinking about taking their life:

  • Expressing that they want to die or to kill themselves
  • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  • Planning or researching ways to kill themselves, such as searching online or stockpiling pills
  • Talking about great guilt or shame
  • Feeling unbearable emotional pain or physical pain
  • Expressing that they are a burden to others
  • Using alcohol or drugs more often
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Talking about feeling trapped or that there are no solutions
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Eating and/or sleeping habits change drastically
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
  • Talking or thinking about death often
  • Giving away important possessions
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family
  • Putting affairs in order, making a will
  • Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy

Suicidal thoughts or actions indicate extreme distress and should not be ignored. Get help as soon as possible if the above behaviours describe you or someone you love.

Call the Samaritans, free any time, from any phone on 116 123.


Mental health resources

Experts emphasise that getting help quickly is crucial to anyone in crisis and calling an anonymous help line  can be a powerful first step. The trained counsellors who answer can make suggestions, and connect callers with the right organisations.

Mind - Call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
Mind are the mental health charity who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. 

Official information from NHS about Community Mental Health Teams including contact details, directions, opening hours and service/treatment details.