I know it can be frightening when your mind is going at a million miles per hour, but there is help available at the touch of a button, any time day or night.
The Sane Textcare service has been a godsend for me. All you need to do is sign up by following the link and you’ll get a regular message. You can sign up as many times as you like. I found this really helped me as I signed up & forgot about it, then every Monday morning for 5 weeks, I got a nice little text message reminding me that all was not lost.
Sane also provide support in the form of SANEline a specialist mental health helpline 0300 304 7000 between 6pm and 11pm each evening.
Mind have a very useful website for getting information relating to mental health issues, from budgeting advice to advice on homelessness. They have tips for coping day to day with mental health problems and can help you access services that may be of use.
If you need immediate help, don’t be afraid to reach out to a family member or a friend.
If that isn’t possible, contact the Samaritans, a non judgemental, non religious organisation run by volunteers around the clock. They can be contacted on 116 123. It can be helpful just to get out those thoughts that are racing round your head, so if you are really struggling, I recommend talking to someone as soon as you can.
If you are concerned about someone, talk to them. The above websites offer advice on how to care for someone with mental health issues. It can be difficult, but the best thing you can do is let that person know you are there for them. Understand that they may not ‘be themselves’, but always be supportive. Help them access services they may need. Go to the doctors with them if they need that support. Most of all listen to them.