In this article, I have listed some of what I find to be the most helpful guides for mental health support and contact information to charities that can help you and your loved ones.
As with physical health, learning more about mental health and where to start with improving your own mental health, or that of a loved one, can be overwhelming. The internet is absolutely full of blogs, guides and resources and this list of helpful guides for mental health support will (hopefully) serve as a starting point.
I believe that as with physical health, your own mental health can go up and down and just as you seek assistance for a physical issue, it is perfectly okay and very advisable to get some help for your own mental health, too.
Just as I have had some bouts of really good and not so good physical health, I have had peaks and troughs of mental health, too. I have struggled with panic attacks, anxiety and depression – common accompanying conditions not just with fibromyalgia but also with the general public. Although there are stigmas about mental health, try to remember that it’s okay not to feel okay sometimes.
Caring For Your Own Mental Health
There are some really helpful and manageable guides about how to take care of your own mental health.
Wellbeing – I absolutely love this one in particular
Helping Someone Else with Mental Health Problems
If you have a loved one who has a mental health issue, you may feel at a loss of what to do and how to help them. You may find yourself feeling like you don’t know what to say to help them and let them know you support them.
Mind.org has a guide on many different conditions with practical advice on how to support someone you know. Particularly helpful is their guide to supporting someone with anxiety and panic attacks, it is downloadable and you can find it here.
Practical Advice for Mental Health (Housing, Finance and Benefits)
Mind.org has a great guide to support and services that has some really practical guides and links about housing, finance and benefits. It also has information about going on holiday, bereavement and insurance. Find the guide here.
Helplines for Mental Health
The Samaritans – you can call, email or visit.
Mind – For Urgent Help
Mind – For Legal and Information
Other Websites and Blogs
See here a list of other sources as recommended by Time to Change.
I hope this guide has been helpful to you and remember to be kind to yourself.