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It’s good to talk

by Gemma Melling

Life can be challenging at the best of times, but more so at the moment as we are now three months into a pandemic, people being asked to self-isolate and lockdown restrictions only now starting to gradually ease.

People are juggling significant changes to their daily routines. Many are home working and maybe feeling isolated from social interactions with colleagues, some are juggling home schooling, money worries or unemployment. But you’re not on your own. There is lots of help and support available to you.  Whether it’s to a friend, family member, a teacher, your GP or one of the many support agencies, it’s good to talk.

Whatever it is that is bothering you, it’s good to share and is a sign of you taking control of the situation.

If you need help or if you are worried about someone else, you can speak to your GP or seek immediate help from any of the following:

  • NHS Mental Health helpline – support for people of all ages, including children and young people, available 24/7. Call Freephone 0800 051 1508.
  • Samaritans – a national registered charity with local branches, available around the clock. Freephone: 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.
  • Young Minds Parents Helpline offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. Lines are open Lines are open 9.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday 0808 802 5544 (free for mobiles and landlines). YoungMinds website also has a range of support and guidance for parents who maybe worried about their child.
  • Knowsley CAMHS Services offers advice and support for people aged up to 18 and can help with lots of problems or worries such as if you’re feeling depressed, not enjoying food, feeling panicked or scared, having trouble concentrating, or having problems with your family life. Find out more by calling 0151 489 6137.
  • Kooth provides online and face to face counselling, information, advice and support for young people in secondary schools. Find out more on Kooth’s website.
  • CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 or visit the CALM website.
  • AMPARO – support after suicide – offering advice and support around suicide prevention as well as support to adults, children and young people affecting by suicide. Find out more by calling 0330 088 9255, emailing referrals@listening-ear.co.uk, visit the website at listening-ear.co.uk/amparo or follow on Twitter@AMPARO_LEM
  • SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) – meeting the needs and overcoming the isolation experienced by people over the age of 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. Find out more by calling 0300 111 5065, emailing support@hotmail.com, visit the website at https://uksobs.org/ or follow on Twitter @SOBSCharity.