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10 to 15 women out of every 100 who have a baby will be affected by Postnatal Depression. One in every 25 soldiers report symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following service. Approximately 741,504 men, women and children in the UK are living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at any one time. Just under 10% of the British population are dealing with depression right now; one in four in the entire world. Between 1 million and 11 million people in the UK have some form of dissociative disorder. A quarter of all of the population of Britain will experience a mental health problem every single year.
Do you still think World Mental Health Day is not for you?
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress. Please use this list of resources, collected by the writers at She Might Be, if you or anybody you know are struggling. And please – if you can’t talk to anybody else, talk to us! The stigma surrounding mental health problems will not end until we stand up and talk.
DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, OBSESSION AND MENTAL HEALTH
RETHINK MENTAL ILLNESS
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm)
Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL
Helping you to help yourself.
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm)
An active way to track and potentially improve your mental health.
ABUSE (CHILD, SEXUAL, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE)
Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Confidential support for women who are looking for guidance when facing abuse.
ADDICTION (DRUGS, ALCOHOL, GAMBLING)
Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily until midnight)
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Weekends, 10am-4pm)
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE
Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Find your local helpline at:
Phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm)
Phone: 0845 30 30 900 (Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm. Weekends, 9am-7pm)
Phone: 0845 634 1414 (Mon-Thurs, 1.30pm-4.30pm)
Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (for information on their services)
OCD (OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER) ACTION
Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
PANIC AND ANXIETY
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Phone: 0800 138 8889 (daily, 10am-10pm)
NO MORE PANIC
Provides valuable information for sufferers and carers of people with Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). You should use the website information, Message Forum and Chat room alongside any care you are currently receiving from your physician.Website:http://www.nomorepanic.co.uk/
Phone: 0808 800 2222 (daily, 7am-midnight)
Practical support for families who are coping with a seriously ill child.
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)
Phone: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services)