No one should have to suffer poor mental health alone, so we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 support groups that can help you out
Mental health problems can be rubbish. I know it. You know it. We’ve all experienced it in some way, whether it’s a rough day or two, or far longer and more complicated issues.
No one should have to go through mental ill-health alone – and that’s what mental health support is for. We’ve put together this list of the top 10 mental health support groups for information, support, or campaigning in mental health you can contact!
Citizen’s Advice is a fantastic service where you can access information regarding almost anything – from complaints about how your mental health is being handled, to applying for benefits!
2. Young Minds
Young Minds offers mental health advice for young people. They offer a phone line for parents, as well as plenty of advice on how to look after yourself, and digital courses for sensitive topics such as overcoming self harm. You can also use the website to get involved with campaigning and support of mental health issues.
3. Age Concern
At the other end of the age spectrum, Age Concern offers mental health infoline for older people – a group whose mental health is often overlooked and left unconsidered. They have an advice line, and a telephone befriending service where older people suffering from loneliness can sign up for weekly calls with a volunteer.
The British Association for Conselling and Psychotherapy gives you immediate information on local therapists and specialists in areas of mental health. You can also call them here: 01455 883300
PANDAS Foundation UK supports anyone suffering from prenatal or postnatal depression or psychosis in the UK. Their site contains fantastic articles, access to support networks, and helplines! (Also it’s named after the best animal.)
6. Anxiety UK
This group focuses specifically, as the name would suggest, on anxiety disorders. You can phone their helpline on 03444 775 774, and their website offers advice, support and understanding on this huge list of mental health problems:
Childline is a free, national helpline for young people in trouble or danger (and can be phoned up here 0800 1111). They also offer online advice and information for young people suffering from mental health problems, and related issues.
Nightline is a listening, support, information and supplies service, run by students for students. The service covers mental health and general personal life issues, and can be contacted by phone, face to face, email or online chat. Any student can reach nightline at their institution’s contact point, which can be found here.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a brilliant organisation actively raising awareness for and providing mental health support for men. Men can often struggle to reach out for help when suffering from poor mental health, and suicide is currently the biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK.
The MHF is “dedicated to finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems”. Alongside A-Z guides for mental health and tips for looking after your mind, they have active campaigns like Mental Health Awareness Week, and you can get involved in their charity fun runs!
Suffering from a mental health problem can often feel like a very lonely experience, but help is out there, and there is no shame in asking for support. Whether opening up to a friend or sharing your experiences with your GP, you should feel proud of taking steps to seek help.