It's okay not to be okay
If you or someone you know needs immediate help in the United Kingdom, call the Samaritans. We want to encourage you to talk about suicide. We want to support you if you’re bereaved by suicide, are experiencing suicidal feelings, or are concerned someone you know is thinking of suicide.
You are loved, and we encourage you to reach out to those resources and hotlines available to you.
Help right now
If you or someone you know is struggling, it’s important to ask for help and support. If you’re having more extreme thoughts and feelings or you’re considering taking your own life, you should speak to someone as soon as possible. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, your options include:
Calling the Samaritans - A free-to-call service operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123. Alternatively, download the Samaritans self-help app
Booking an emergency appointment with your doctor
Visiting your nearest A&E department or calling 999 for life threatening emergencies.
Mental health affects all of us. We all naturally feel sad, angry, worried and stressed sometimes about very different things.
It’s important to keep mentally healthy, a positive sign of this is feeling balanced and feeling relevant emotions at appropriate times (such as feeling sad in sad situations and happy in happy situations).
If you’re regularly feeling extreme levels of one emotion such as regularly feeling very angry or very sad for no particular reason, this could be a sign that you might need some support to be mentally well.
What can you do?
Everybody has bad days no matter who you are or what your age. Don’t keep it bottled up! You might find it helpful to tell others what’s bothering you, such as friends, parents or colleague. Maybe write down your feelings, draw/paint a picture or go for a walk to collect your thoughts.
Doing regular exercise, eating well, cutting down on alcohol and getting enough sleep will also help to improve your mood.
However, if you feel like you are rarely happy, or are often angry, upset, panicky, anxious or stressed, have bad mood swings, or have stopped feeling anything at all, and this goes on for a little while, it’s a good idea to tell somebody professional about it.
Your doctor is always a good option or you can ring Childline on 0800 11 11. This way someone can try to help you work out the reason why you aren’t happy and get you some support.
Anybody could have a mental illness in the same way that anybody could get a physical illness. Nearly all mental health conditions are treatable. Many may only be temporary, some conditions may come and go throughout life. Professionals can help you find ways to treat your illness and feel better.
Help and support contacts
Kooth (external link) - Free, safe and anonymous support including online counselling for 11-18 year olds.
SHOUT 24/7 confidential test service - Support for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues. Text 85258 or email email@example.com
Help right now
Samaritans - Call 08457 90 90 90 for their free 24 hours helpline.
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