Do you need urgent help?

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.

Lifeline

For people who are experiencing distress or despair.

0808 808 8000

Childline

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

Samaritans

24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You don't have to be suicidal to call us

How You Can Help Yourself

Here are some things we can do to manage our symptoms and help prevent things getting worse.

Therapy and medication can be a vital part of recovery.  But we can also do lots to help ourselves, like:

 

Find out more

 

  • Reading or watching other people’s experiences can help us feel less alone. They can also help us understand more about what we are experiencing. Have a look at Mind’s mental health selfies. [Link]

 

  • Think about early warning signs. Being aware of signs we are becoming unwell can help us take action early. We might find it helpful to tell people who are close to us about these signs too. Some of us find it helpful to keep a mood diary to help us stay aware of our mental health.

Think about life as a whole

 

 

  • Think about your social life. Feeling connected to other people can help us feel better. Feeling isolated and lonely is not good for our mental health. Try and connect with friends and family, or think about local events, clubs or volunteering that you could go along to. Our information on relationships might help too.

 

  • Think about recovery as a whole. Recovery is not just about treating our symptoms. There are lots of things we can do to help us feel more hopeful.

 

 

Talk about it

 

  • Peer support can help us meet people who have similar experiences. It can help to know that other people really understand. We can share tips and suggestions for dealing with our mental health issues. Have a look for local groups or find peer support online.

 

  • Talking to family and/or friends can help them understand more about what we need. Tell them what helps, what makes things harder and what they can do. It might help to show them our information on how they can help.

Find extra support

 

  • We should talk to a doctor if we are not happy with our treatment. It’s ok to ask for a second opinion from a different doctor too.

 

  • If we are in education, we could talk to a trusted teacher or school/college counsellor about extra support.

 

  • Look for a specialist organisation. There are lots of organisations that can help with specific diagnosis or provide more general support. For example: 
    • Aware NI offers support with depression and bipolar disorder.
    • Cause is a support organisation for carers.
    • Our Family Wellness Project can help with the mental health of parents and children.
    • Action Mental Health can help improve the quality of life of people with a mental illness or learning disability in Northern Ireland.
    • The Rainbow Project offer advice and support to LGBTQ+ people in Northern Ireland. 
    • Cara-Friend supports LGBTQ+ people in Northern Ireland, and offers a helpline. 
    • NICRAS supports refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland. 

You can search for other organisations here.

  • Plan for a crisis. Sometimes when we are very unwell, we can’t tell people what we want or need. It can be helpful to make a crisis plan and write it down. If we have close family or friends, we may want to talk to them about how they can help. The Samaritans (freephone 116 123) or Lifeline (freephone 0808 808 8000) are there to listen at any time.

 

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