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

Recovery

Recovery means more than just treating our symptoms. It can mean looking at what we could do to improve our lives as a whole and finding what works for us as an individual.

We can all take steps towards recovery.

Recovery is a very personal thing and will be different for everyone. It’s often helpful to think about it like a journey. There might be difficulties and times when we feel we’re going backwards – but if we look at our lives overall, things feel better than they were before.

What might be part of my recovery?

There are lots of different things that might be part of our recovery.

  • Medication and / or therapy that helps us to manage our symptoms.
  • Finding somewhere to live that we feel safe and supported in.
  • Getting a job that we like.
  • Building a good relationship with our family.
  • Meeting new friends or reconnecting with old ones.
  • Looking after our physical health.
  • Working with someone who can help us recover. This might be a doctor or therapist or it could be a carer, social worker, key worker, teacher or friend.
  • Learning how to look after ourselves and take control of our recovery.
  • Accepting that there are some things we can’t change.
  • Feeling hopeful and living a good life alongside our mental health issues.

For some of us these things will start to happen naturally. But it might be helpful to think about recovery in a structured, step-by-step way.