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Struggling with your mental health? Ten people you can talk to Watch

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    Today is World Mental Health Day!

    1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a diagnosable mental illness this year, and 1 in 6 at any given time. In students this is likely to be even higher! Mental health is something that everyone has, and we all need to look after- it's far easier to do so now than when it's too late. There are various threads around today about how you can do this one, but this thread is focused on who you can talk to when you're struggling.

    The Samaritans
    You've probably heard of these! They're a free service made up of trained volunteers there to listen. They won't give you advice, but it's completely confidential you can talk to them for as long or as often as you like. You don't have to be suicidal- anyone can speak to them. It helps more than you think!

    This is a free, confidential listening service run by students, for students. You can instant message, call, email and at some universities go and see them overnight in term time (and a reduced service outside).

    For this you have to be under 18, but if that applies to you then Childline really are amazing. You can call them or chat online and once again it is completely free. They are trained to give advice and if necessary refer you to other services.

    Rethink mental illness
    These have an advice line which if you need to know something specific about mental health can be really useful. They also do webchats and have loads of advice on their website too.

    This can seem a bit daunting, but if they’re really your friends they should want to listen and try and help you. Think about who might be best and give it a go. A problem shared is a problem halved, and you might be surprised by how many people understand.

    Mental health can be a difficult thing for families to talk about but if at all possible then letting them know what’s going on is really important. They may well be worried about you, and will more if you don’t tell them what it is! There’s loads of stuff online if you need help describing things, you could even print something off and leave it somewhere they’ll see it.

    Or lecturers, whichever. You probably know by now who you could trust, stay behind after a lesson and ask if you can chat to them about what’s going on. Don’t worry about what they’ll think, they’ve probably heard it all before!

    Support services
    These vary by school and university but they should all have them of some kind. Depending where you are they might be able to offer you counselling, therapy, academic support or referrals to other services. And they’re free, so well worth a try!

    We can’t give medical advice on here but there is always someone that will listen. Have a look round the Mental health forum, start your own thread or join the Mental Health Support Society. We don’t bite!

    A diary
    Not a person, but diaries can be great for getting things out of your head. On your phone, laptop or on paper- whatever works for you. They can never be as good as talking to a real person but as a way to organise your thoughts somewhere that no one can judge it’s a good place to start!

    Your GP
    If you’re reading this then it’s likely your GP would be worth a visit. Don’t worry about wasting their time, it’s what they’re there for! If you’re worried about explaining things in the appointment try writing things down and taking it with you, that way you can just hand it to them when you go in- this goes for any services really. If you don’t know where to start there are sites like docready that can help you.

    Whoever you choose to speak to, a problem shared is a problem halved. If the first person doesn't listen, try another. There's loads of information online about how you can bring up mental health and describe to people what's going on, and just about it in general if you're not sure about that. You can ask questions on here too or talk to any of the mental health support team- we're the people with purple names floating around the place with our names at the bottom of the forum. Good luck!
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    Great idea for a thread! It can be really daunting making that first step of telling someone, but it's an important one to try and make.

    If you don't get satisfactory help from one place, keep trying others. Same with your GP surgery: if one GP is dismissive, then try every single one in your practice and ask others local to your area about whether they know any good GPs in their practice so that (if worst comes to worst) you can register somewhere else instead :yep:

    This is a great thread I'd highly recommend talking to your friends and teachers initially, as I've found that it's a lot more difficult to go to your parents first. Also, remember that your mental health IS important, and that it's okay to need help. There's nothing wrong with needing support. Hope everyone is doing well
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    Just realised I put eleven in there.. thought it was odd! But hey, have an extra one really great advice TLG and Kola
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