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Mental Health

Challenges can affect any one of us, at any time in our lives. Strengths, vulnerabilities and needs co-exist within everyone, and our individual response to change, stress and loss varies enormously.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year [1] and, in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week [2].

It is vital that as practitioners we are mindful of, and attentive to, our own wellbeing, in order to provide the best possible support to our service users.

In this section of the Hub, we’ve provided some useful support links for a range of mental health issues.

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. 
0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm) 
Bipolar UK
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar
Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. 
Anxiety UK
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety
03444 775 774 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm) 
Depression Alliance
Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.
No Panic
Support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD
0844  967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm)  
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or
116 123  (free 24-hour helpline) 
Emotional support, information and guidance for people
affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30 to 10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs
it most:
Peer support forum:
Young suicide prevention society.
0800 068 4141 (Mon to Fri,10am-5pm &7-10pm. Weekends 2 to 5pm)
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Young Minds
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents
and professionals.
0808 802 5544 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm)
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health
problems or learning disabilities.
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts,
news and treatments.
0845 120 3778 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
0300 5000 927 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm) 

[1] McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

[2] McManus S, Bebbington P, Jenkins R, Brugha T. (eds.) (2016). Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult psychiatric morbidity survey 2014. Leeds: NHS digital.