If you need to speak to someone right now, here are some confidential options which provide 24/7 support. If you're worried you might hurt yourself or someone else, please call 999, or go to your nearest A and E.
For people who are experiencing distress or despair.0808 808 8000
Helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.0800 1111
My wife has bipolar disorder. When she's feeling low, she can feel like I don't love her. But I think she's the most amazing woman I've ever met, and even more so for what she's experienced and how much she's come through. Although her bipolar disorder can affect how she thinks and feels, it's just one part of who she is.
She made a crisis plan with her CPN which has been very helpful. It explains some of her warning signs that she's becoming unwell. I was asked to help create it, as her husband, I notice things she might not.
Jenna worries that her condition makes me more of a carer than a husband. I feel like none of us can guarantee our health forever, and I know she'd do the same for me. It can be a strain sometimes, but I know it's worse for her. We get through the tough times together.
Here are some ways to help us look after our relationships when we are living with a mental illness.
Feeling connected to other people can help us feel better. Try and connect with friends and family, or think about local events, clubs or volunteering that you could go along to.
ANYONE can become a victim of domestic abuse. It doesn't matter if you are a teenager or an older person, nor what gender or ethnicity you are. Abuse is abuse. You may be worried that living with a mental health issue means you are to blame. You are NEVER to blame for abuse. You deserve to be safe and to be treated well.
Domestic abuse can take many different forms. It does not just mean being physically abused. It can also be:
If you are being abused, please tell someone. You may be especially worried about this if you have a mental health issue. You will be believed and taken seriously. There are also organisations which can help you to plan and support you in leaving a domestically abusive relationship. Here is some information on how to cover your tracks online.