This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, and here’s a list of organisations that are excellent starting points if you are looking for help.
Do you ever consider your mental health? Or your family’s?
It can be easy to forget that it’s not just your physical health that matters; your mental health can affect your day-to-day life just as much. And while a broken leg or a fever can be hard to ignore, signs of deteriorating mental health are not as obvious. 1 in 4 of us will be affected by a mental health complaint at some point in our lives.
The 8th – 14th of May 2017 is Mental Health Awareness Week, so here’s some of the national organisations that might be able to help if you’re concerned about yourself or someone else.
Talk to your GP
Your GP is often the best starting point if you think you might be struggling with your own mental health. They can talk through your concerns, point you in the right direction, prescribe books, refer to a specialist, suggest free courses, etc.
You can find info about talking to your GP about your mental health on this useful Mental Health Foundation page.
Organisations that can help
Mind is a charity that specialises in mental health awareness. They have support and help pages here. email@example.com, text: 86463. Their lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
The national, bilingual, helpline for children and young people (0-25 years old) in Wales. If you’re concerned for a child or young person, you can also call on their behalf. Text (84001), freephone (080880 23456), instant message for info, advice or advocacy.
A 24-hour counselling helpline (by NSPCC) for children and young people up to their 19th birthday. Freephone: 0800 1111
Free 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs emotional support. Freephone: 116 123
Free, accurate, reliable and bilingual info leaflets on a range of mental health conditions.
Mental health articles on FamilyPoint
We’ve had quite a few articles and guest blogs on FamilyPoint around the subject of mental health. You may find these articles interesting:
- World Mental Health Day: Facts & Help in Wales
- Self-Harm: Helpful Reactions As A Parent
- Postnatal Depression: The Sad Reality
- Autism and Anxious Behaviour
- Dementia: Act Now
If you feel you need to talk to someone about this issue or any other problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.