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Mental health resources for anyone struggling in uncertain times

I don’t need to tell you that we’re living in difficult times and the coronavirus pandemic can impact our mental health in many different ways whether it’s losing a job or grieving for a loved one. 

To make it easy to find someone to talk about your mental health whether its panic attacks, OCD, self-harm or depression then I’ve put together a list of charities, organisations, books and podcasts that can help you.

Stay strong and use these great organisations to support you or a loved one to get to a better place.

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If you need to speak to someone

  • Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans.
  • Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, If you’re under 19 then text ‘YM’.
  • If you’re under 19, you can call 0800 1111 and talk to Childline. Open 24-hours. The number will not appear on the phone bill. If you’re an adult concerned about a child then call 0808 800 5000.
  • Phone Refuge for advice on dealing with domestic violence on 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline).
  • The Young Minds Parents Helpline is 0808 802 5544. Call them for free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm.

NHS mental health services

Resources for the BAME community

Anxiety

Depression

OCD

Panic attacks

Self-harm

For young people:

For parents:

Support for families:

Support for men:

Healthworker wearing PPE
Healthworker wearing PPE

Support for the BAME community:

Managing mental health at work

Apps

Books I recommend:

  • It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies): Inspirational people open up about their mental health by Scarlett Curtis and Various

  • Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

  • Jog on by Bella Mackie
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

If you enjoy comedy writing:

Podcasts I recommend:

If you enjoy comedy podcasts:

Read my personal stories (resources included):

I hope these resources are useful to you and you can find comfort at a difficult time. Thank you for reading and look after yourselves.

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