Where to get support for your mental health

There will be many ways that you may have landed on my blog, through search engines, links on social media, etc. I will have no idea whereabouts in the world you will be viewing this blog. If you are struggling with your own mental health, there are ways in which you can get support.

You could start with self-help – if you have access to a public library, or a university library, then most will have books to help you with many common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, etc. A brilliant selection of self-help books include the Overcoming…. series of books.

There are many good apps on various app stores. However, it is also worth noting there are many poor apps on the apps stores. The NHS (National Health Service) in the UK have created a web-page with a list of apps for a whole range of health care needs that have been scrutinized.

If you are finding that you need to speak to someone, your first port of call could be your primary care physician or GP. They can assess your needs and refer you to counselling, psychotherapy, or other specialist services. They could offer a prescription for medication. For many common mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, etc., evidence suggests that medication and therapy have the best outcomes.

If you are a student in higher education in the UK, it is very likely that your campus will have a confidential counselling or wellbeing service on campus. They usually have shorter waiting times than counselling services in the NHS. Speak to your tutor, or look on your university/college website to find out how to access the service.

If you find yourself in crisis, then you could attend your local Accident and Emergency department at your local hospital (if you are unable to make your own way there, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance). Most A&E departments will have a psychiatric liaison team who will be able to assess and see what support can be put in place to get your through your crisis.

Alternatively, you can call the Samaritans who can help with a whole range of emotional, psychological or personal issues when you are in crisis. They are available 365 days of the year. You can call them free in the UK on 116 123.