Mental health is something that is never ending, and is something that intertwined with almost every move we make in life. It is like a dark storm, made up of thunder, lightning and even strong winds. Friendships, jobs, relationships, opportunities; all affected by the storm inside. Now I know this I realise how powerful the darkness can be, and how life changing the storm can be.
I feel the light some days, I’ll look around and feel the warmth surrounding me, touching my skin and realise how beautiful it really is, and in that moment I realise that the darkness is gone, if only for a moment. I think that is what makes the light so beautiful. It creeps up on you, like a sunrise and even though we don’t see it or feel it everyday, it still rises everyday in hopes we do catch a glimpse and see the beauty.
It is so easy to forget those moments, especially when the darkness comes flooding back in and it feels like reality hits us again. I hope in the future that the light outweighs the dark, that we see more sunrises and less dark stormy skies.
Mental Health Resources
Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm) Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight) Website: www.thecalmzone.net
Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups. Website: www.depressionalliance.org
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm) Website: www.mind.org.uk
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline. Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm) Website: www.nopanic.org.uk
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources. Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5pm) Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) Website: www.ocduk.org
Young suicide prevention society. Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon to Fri,10am to 5pm & 7 to 10pm. Weekends 2 to 5pm) Website: www.papyrus-uk.org
Rethink Mental Illness Support and advice for people living with mental illness. Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm) Website: www.rethink.org
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) Website: www.samaritans.org.uk
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30 to 10.30pm) Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum Website: www.sane.org.uk/support