Mental Health - Adults

If you are new to mental health difficulties or if this is something that you have had in your life for some time, it can feel overwhelming. It may be that you feel a mixture of feelings about your mental health, or you may feel nothing at all, as it all feels a bit much. Both ways that is okay and natural, your mind is trying to work it all out. 

In many ways mental health is just like physical health- everybody has it and needs to take care of it. Good mental health means generally to be able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. However if you are going through a period of poor mental health you might find that the ways you are frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become different, difficult, or even impossible to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness

A useful website for helping you understand Mental illness is below:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support

Some people are given a diagnosis and for others it can take some time. If you would like to look up more information about diagnosis here are two good websites:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems
https://www.rethink.org/diagnosis-treatment/conditions

Support Available To You - Adult

Support when in crisis:

  • For medical advice- GP or NHS on 111. If you feel that you cannot keep yourself safe- call 999 or go to A&E.
  • Community Mental Health Team- 01622 766 900
  • Single Point of Access (Out of office hours)- 0800 783 9111
  • Crisis Team- 01622 725 000
  • Mental Health Matters helpline- 0800 1070160 (free from landlines) OR 0300 3305486 (free from mobiles). 5pm to 9am weekdays and 24hrs at weekends and bank holidays.
  • Download the “Stay Alive” App. Contains local information and tools to help individuals stay safe in a crisis. It can help both people who may be having thoughts of suicide and those concerned about someone else. It includes:
    •  a personalised mini safety plan where people can note actions they will take and people they will contact when they feel that they cannot keep themselves safe from suicide.
    • A LifeBox to which they can upload photos from their phones, reminding them of their reasons to stay alive.
    • Details of people who can help of they are having thoughts of suicide
    • A wellness plan to support recovery.

General support resources for Adults:

Samaritans

Confidential Support for people experiencing distress and despair.

116 123 (Free)

http://www.samaritans.org/

Rethink

Rethink Mental Illness gives patricidal advice and information about issues such as different types of therapy and medication, benefit, debt, money, issues, policy, courts and prison and your rights under the mental health act.

0300 5000 927 weekdays

9.30am-4pm Mon-Fri

www.rethink.org/

SANEline

SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems. Through their helpline, text care and support forum

0300 304 7000- 1630-2230 every evening

www.sane.org.uk

Mind

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems

0300 123 3393 or text 86463

www.mind.org.uk

Cruse

Bereavement care- providing support after the death of someone close.

0808 808 1667 / 0844 477 9400 Monday-Friday 9:30-1700

Relate

Relate offer counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide. They provide advice on marriage, LGBT issues, divorce and parenting.

0300 100 1234 222

www.relate.org.uk

Victim Support

If you have been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed, they can provide practical help and information designed to support you.

08453030900 weekdays 0900-2000

Weekends 0900-1900

BH- 0900-1700

www.victimsupport.org.uk/

Turning Point

Supporting anyone in Kent and has problems with drugs or alcohol- if you are worried about yourself or anyone else.

0300 123 1186

www.turning-point.co.uk

We Are With You

A charity offering talking therapies like counselling

Free counselling and CBT in Surrey and Kent - With You (wearewithyou.org.uk)