Mental Health Awareness Month – Resources

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and so we at Community Action Wirral want to make sure that you are aware of the resources available to you if you have been struggling lately.

Please know you are not alone.

Counselling Services:

  • Counselling Directory – this website locates therapists and counsellors in your local area to provide support both in person and online, or on the phone. You can narrow down your search depending on what kind of counselling you require i.e. couples, addiction, anxiety, among others. It also tailors to concessions too, such as low income, if you are a key-worker or student, or if you are unemployed.
  • Better Help – an online counselling service that helps you find a licensed therapist that can cater to your needs. You can book a monthly session via phone, video call, or by message, as well as being able to message your assigned therapist when you’re having a difficult time with your mental health. All that is required is a short questionnaire to find you the best therapist to help your situation. You can tailor your therapist to your specifications, for example, if you want to talk to someone within the LGBTQ community, someone religious, or a specific gender. Whatever helps you best, is available to you.
  • TalkSpace – the number one rated online counselling service endorsed by Demi Lovato. Available online one-to-ones, couple counselling, as well as specialised therapy for teenagers aged 13-17. After a quick assessment, you can pick your therapist from a list of recommendations provided that suit your needs. Available 24/7 and flexible around work schedules, etc. Also, if you feel the need to change your therapist, you can switch without any extra cost.

Mind

Mind is one of the UK’s most leading charities prioritising mental health, and is one of our most active local partners. If you need non-urgent information about mental health support and services that may be available to you:

They also run an online community where you can listen, share and be heard called Side by Side.

Their website is also helpful for reading up on each mental illness and the drugs that can prescribed to treat them if you misplace your leaflet regarding dosage, withdrawal symptoms and side effects.

If you are having issues with your medication, please call your doctor or in an emergency call 111.

Resources:

  • Mental Health UK – have downloadable resources available to spread awareness including a workplace mental health pack, as well as ways to raise funding for the cause.
  • The Recovery Village – a free web resource that provides information about addiction, eating disorders, and mental health issues.
  • Menstrual Cycles and Mental Health – Yoppie looks at the myths, misconceptions, truths and realities of the relationship between mental health and your menstrual cycle.
  • Young Minds – a youth-specific organisation that aims to create a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.
  • Samaritans – provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
  • Shout – is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
    • Text: 85258

All these resources are available to you if you can’t talk to a friend or loved one. Lockdown has had a negative impact on mental health up and down the country, so you are not alone.

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