Mental Health 2020

Seeking help for mental health issues, if you are worrying more than usual or finding it hard to enjoy life and getting bad thoughts, then you need to make an appointment with your GP. I completely understand that it can be terrifying opening up your feelings to someone, but trust me once you get it all out in the open, you will then feel like a weight has been lifted.

Your GP can then talk you through your options of counselling and if you feel you need medication them some antidepressants can help you. There is so much stigma attached to taking antidepressants, and let me tell you there is no shame in taking antidepressants if I wasn’t on them god knows where I would be now. You cannot help having a chemical imbalance in the brain. Not everyone has family or friends around them for support. It can be so hard just making the first steps in getting help.

A chemical imbalance is said to occur when there’s either too much or too little of certain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, in the brain. Neurotransmitters are natural chemicals that help facilitate communication between your nerve cells. Take anti-depressants can balance it all out.

If you need non-urgent support, you can contact Mind: 0300 123 3393 or email:

If you feel more comfortable texting, you can now do so. Send your texts through to 86463.

If you need to talk to someone urgently call the Samaritans, they are open 24/7 365 days a year. Call 116 123, and it’s a free call. They are there for anyone that needs support.

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If you need urgent help text YM to 85258: free 24/7 support across the UK

It is wise for us to all look after our mental health and well being and support each other too. It’s ok not to be ok; we need to break the stigma regarding mental health issues; anyone’s life can change in a blink of any eye. 

Them first steps in getting help will get you on the right road… self-care is so important also, making sure you are looking after yourself. Surround yourself with the right people and look online for support groups in your area.