HELPFUL CONTACTS & SERVICES

Cruse Bereavement Care – The death of a loved one can cause mental health problems like depression, anxiety etc. Confidential support. Helpline: 0808 808 1677

 

 

Young Minds – A charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. Find out how to look after yourself, about feelings and symptoms and the different mental health conditions there are. Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger free 24/7 if you’re having a mental health crisis, text YM to 85258.

 

 

Mental Health Foundation – Improving mental health services and promoting mental wellbeing. They have an A-Z of mental health on their website where you can learn all about the different conditions and where to get help. The Mental Health Foundation has a handy guide on how to talk to your GP about your mental health problems.

 

 

The Mix – Support for under 25’s. Their Mental Health advice has loads of expert advice and true stories if you’re worried about your mental health or someone else’s.

 

 

Moodzone – NHS– Tips and advice, self-help and treatments, other people’s stories and where to get urgent help.

They also have a helpline if you want to talk to a Your Feelings info section – The Childline website has lots of information and advice about mental health, anxiety, stress, self-harm etc. in their Childlinecounselor about these feelings on 0800 1111 24 hours a day.

 

 

Samaritans Cymru– Free 24-hour helpline for anyone in emotional distress or thinking of suicide. They offer a safe place to talk at any time. They will look at your options, understand your problems and be there to listen. You don’t have to share your personal details. Call: 116 123 (24 hours a day 7 days a week). Welsh line: 0808 164 0123 (Varying times during the week –check their website here). E-mail: jo@samaritans.org

 

National Centre for Mental  – Researchers from Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor University working to learn more about the triggers and causes of mental health problems. On their Healthwebsite they have downloadable mental health leaflets, information about mental health medications, online tools and videos.

 

 

Bipolar UK – Information and support groups for young people with bipolar, plus help for friends and families.

 

OCD Youth – Increasing awareness and support for young people under 25 affected by OCD. Run by young people with OCD, for young people with OCD. Information, blogs, resources, videos, forums and more.

 

 

Papyrus – Preventing young suicide and encouraging society to talk openly about the subject. Hopeline UK is a specialist confidential support and advice line for children and young people up to the age of 35, who may be having thoughts about suicide (or worried about a young person): 0800 068 41 41

 

 

Webchat – Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 or CALM5pm to midnight, 7 days a week.

 

 

No Panic – Helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, OCD and other related anxiety disorders. Their Youth Hub looks at what these individual conditions are and different resources that can help. Their youth helpline is for young people aged between 13 and 20 who need help with the above issues. Call 0330 606 1174 3-6pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and 6-8pm Thurs and Sat.

 

 

Time To Change Wales – A national campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health. Join the campaign for young people aiming to change attitudes towards mental health #WeCanWeWill.

 

My Discombobulated brain - A website offering support and education to those who are affected by mental health issues. #SickNotSad

 

 

Useful Apps

 

 

Stressheads – Don’t stress it. Beat it. Turn your screen into a stress-relief tool.

Calm Harm – When the urge to self-harm comes, help fade those feelings by using the Calm Harm app to distract, comfort, express and release.

Stay Alive – A pocket suicide prevention resource with information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis.

SAM App – Self Help Anxiety Management – Helping you understand and manage anxiety.

Headspace– Meditation and mindfulness made simple with this app.

What’s Up – ?Helps keep track of your thoughts, feelings and things going on in your life. Maintain good habits and break bad ones. There’s a grounding game with over 100 different questions which helps when things get too much and it also teaches you about the most common negative thinking patterns and how to counteract them.

MindShift – designed to help young people cope with anxiety. Learn how to relax and take charge of your anxiety.

Blogs and guides

Music and my mental health – Laura’s Story – Mind

Gwen’s journey with Bipolar – Mind

The stresses of everyday life – Stacie-Mai’s story – Mind

My Story: OCD – theSprout

My Everlasting Cold – Depression – theSprout

 

 

 

GET HELP

There are a number of points of contact available for help and advice in Wales.

 

Get in touch MIND's Infoline for information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication, alternative treatments and advocacy. Call 0300 123 3393, email info@mind.org.uk or text 86463.

 

You may wish to contact your GP or Social Worker, or your local hospital. You can get details of local NHS services via www.wales.nhs.uk

 

The Samaritans can be contacted on telephone number 08457 909090 and at www.samaritans.org.uk

 

C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737 or through the website http://www.callhelpline.org.uk/

 

Contact the NHS on 111 for help and advice.

For non-urgent help, visit our Resources section to learn more about what support is available from helpful organisations.

© 2019 Eluned Morgan AM