The pandemic has put many additional stresses and strains on what are already busy lives. Some people have coped with the situation of staying at home, lockdown, being furloughed, home schooling children, having to stretch finances even further. However, others have struggled and they feel like their life is spiralling out of control.
What is important is that nobody should feel that they are on their own. Other people have similar struggles, anxieties and worries as you do so you’re not alone and there is support to help you to deal with it.
The first step is to acknowledge that you need help – this too is the first step in you taking back control.
Talk to a friend, a relative, a teacher, a GP, a work colleague. Share how you are feeling so that you can be supported to deal with the issue.
If you’d rather chat to someone you don’t know, call one of the agencies below. You can also call one of these agencies if you have concerns about someone you know.
- NHS Mental Health helpline – support for people of all ages, including children and young people, available 24/7. Call Freephone 0800 051 1508.
- Samaritans – a national registered charity with local branches, available around the clock. Freephone: 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.
- Young Minds Parents Helpline offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. Lines are open Lines are open 9.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday 0808 802 5544 (free for mobiles and landlines). YoungMinds website also has a range of support and guidance for parents who maybe worried about their child.
- Knowsley CAMHS Services offers advice and support for people aged up to 18 and can help with lots of problems or worries such as if you’re feeling depressed, not enjoying food, feeling panicked or scared, having trouble concentrating, or having problems with your family life. Find out more by calling 0151 489 6137.
- Kooth provides online and face to face counselling, information, advice and support for young people in secondary schools. Find out more on Kooth’s website.
- CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 or visit the CALM website.
- AMPARO – support after suicide – offering advice and support around suicide prevention as well as support to adults, children and young people affecting by suicide. Find out more by calling 0330 088 9255, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the website at listening-ear.co.uk/amparo or follow on Twitter@AMPARO_LEM
- SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)– meeting the needs and overcoming the isolation experienced by people over the age of 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. Find out more by calling 0300 111 5065, emailing email@example.com, visit the website at uksobs.org or follow on Twitter @SOBSCharity.