Seeking Help for a Mental Health Problem
I was pleased to contribute to the Thanet Mental Health forum, held in Ramsgate in July 2019. We have a growing demand for mental health support across East Kent and I promised everyone present I’d post links to further sources of support for visitors to my website.
Seeking help is often the first step towards getting and staying well, but it can be hard to know how to start or where to turn to. It's common to feel unsure, and to wonder whether you should try to handle things on your own. But it's always okay to ask for help – even if you're not sure you are experiencing a specific mental health problem.
Your GP is there to help you with your mental health as well as your physical health and should be the first place we go when we're unwell. But there are a number of other sources of support, in addition to the professional medical help your GP can point you to:
SpeakUpCIC have a broad range of peer support activities and services to offer the many individuals with lived experience of mental ill health such as the sharing of experiences and views of mental health services in a safe and confidential environment http://www.speakupcic.co.uk/
ThinkAction (Canterbury & Coastal) is a team of friendly, professional mental health practitioners and counsellors offering a wide range of effective treatments and talking therapies that will support you to understand and manage your mental health problem, so you can start to live a full and positive life again https://www.thinkaction.org.uk/
Richmond Fellowship gives community-based support for people with mental health problems in Thanet https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk/kent/thanet-community-based-service/
Takeoff.works offers ready-made social networks and other peer support services https://takeoff.works/
Mind provides a wealth of information and support on their website https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/
Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/
Rethink Mental Illness help people severely affected by mental illness to improve their lives https://www.rethink.org/aboutus/who-we-are/contact-us/
If you're feeling the pressure, don't suffer in silence call 0800 107 0160 or visit Release the pressure - Kent County Council