It is important you seek the support and help of your GP in all cases but if you need to speak to someone urgently about depression or anxiety call NHS Choices 111 Service and The Samaritans can help in times of crisis to provide a listening ear. The NHS have a list of Mental Health Help Lines with contact details of various organisations able to help you or provide information. The World Health Organisation has information about resources to learn about Mental Health.
If you are a woman suffering from domestic abuse you can contact National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Are you worried about the men in your life? The recent BBC Horizon programme examined the increase in the incidence of male suicide, it is available on i-Player entitled Stopping Male Suicide. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a NEW award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Men who are in crisis may find supportive information on this website.
BBC In the Mind (click here) featured a series of radio broadcasts in January and November 2016 about the experience of being in therapy. Why not listen on BBC i-player to find out if it might help you and make an initial appointment with me.
For general reading about Mental Health The Guardian has a general website with links to news items and resources. The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians has lists of self-help books and mood-boosting books Reading Well Books.
For local Mental Health Support in Hertfordshire - see Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, look for the "self-referral" form or speak to your GP. If you live in the St Albans District (aged 18+) and are suffering from anxiety, stress or depression you may find taking part in Arts on Prescription helpful. It is a group run by St Albans District Council in conjunction with Mind in Mid Herts and Trestle who offer a 9 week course in trying different art activities - everyone is welcome from beginners to more experienced. The group is not one to one therapy but a chance to explore your feeling and develop your confidence alongside others in a supportive atmosphere. The group is run by experienced professional artists with a mental health worker on hand. Studies have shown that taking part in an arts activity has a positive influence on mental health and wellbeing - contact [email protected] for details.
For tips on having less stress NHS and Mind offer advice on healthy living and mental wellbeing. For Depression Boots the Chemist also has some useful advice. The British Association of Anger Management also have some useful resources to address anger issues.
Relate offers information concerning relationship problems. There was an interesting article in The Guardian in Jan 2017 called Seven Rules to Help You Avoid Divorce, concerning whether you do really need to split up with your partner.
For help with bereavement you can contact Cruse Bereavement Care.
Young people aged 14-25 can contact Youth Talk St Albans for help and support and advice for parents is also available. The Ollie Foundation based in St Albans has details of mental health support for young people and are campaigning to reduce suicide rates. Click Support for Families at Family Lives website or call 0808 800222. If you are finding difficulties interacting with your parents, either as a young person or in later life, the following website may be useful My Horrid Parent, written by a psychologist.This website also has good list of Resources (go to bottom of webpage) for young people to seek help, plus a Blog and Forum. Young Minds specialise in helping young people with mental health issues and concerns.
It is worth thinking about the impact of social media on young people with links currently being made between use of social media and depression in young girls, click report on depression to read more.
If you are a student you may be able to find support through the chatrooms and advice lines of The Student Room and Nightline.
If you are suffering abuse, it is important to see help - or perhaps you have suffered abuse as child and are now in adult life. Support and helpful resources can be found The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
Or email me Sally Bunce