Mike Armiger blog

This is an excellent blog, voicing thoughts on issues affecting young people and also their own personal struggles. There are many posts to which you might resonate with and find that there are others too suffering and you are not the only one.

They highlight the benefits of speaking out and in their blog post "Mental Health - A Shared Language" share their thoughts about improving the resources available and about how we can humanise mental health.

A highly recommended read and please share with anyone you know this may be of benefit to.

Maytree - a sanctuary for the suicidal

This registered charity is the only one in the UK and bridges the gap between the NHS and the helplines available, by providing support in a non-medical setting. A quiet get-away may just be what that person needs to consider their options and reflect on their thoughts, hopefully saving their life.

"Maytree aims to alleviate suffering and help people in suicidal crisis to re-engage with life and to restore hope."

 

YoungMinds

One of the leading charities concerning mental health in young people. They have 4 main goals, these being:

  1. Foster innovation to meet the needs of vulnerable and excluded children and young people.
  2. Promote good mental health to more children and young people than ever before.
  3. Champion the voices of young people and parents to influence mental health policy and practice.
  4. Inspire excellence to achieve transformed, integrated services.

"YoungMinds exists so that young people have the strongest possible voice in improving their mental health. We need your help to make sure that voice is heard." - YoungMinds

There website is great if you yourself are struggling and need help with coping strategies etc but also good for recognising the signs and symptoms of a mental illness, equipping you with the knowledge, that may go as far as saving a life. 

MHFA

"Mental Health First Aid" are a group who train people to become instructors in mental health. There goal is to train one in ten people in mental health skills, to equip people to care for themselves and others.

"People from all walks of life train to become MHFA instructors but they all have one thing in common: a desire to improve the mental health of our society. We currently have 1,300 instructors across the country working to give others the practical skills to support mental health – and we’re inviting you to join them." - MHFA

State of Mind Sport

"State of Mind Sport is a charity that harnesses the power of sport to promote positive mental health among our sportsmen and women, fans and wider communities, and ultimately to prevent suicide."

 

CALM

"The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male."

Call: 0800 58 58 58 nationwide or 0808 802 58 58 from London

Mind

"We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect."

 

"£10 - could help us campaign for better support services, talking therapy and crisis care for people whose mental health is in crisis." 

£21 - could help our supportive online community, Elefriends, run for one hour, giving people the chance to get hugely valuable 'peer support'."

£39 - could allow our Infoline call handlers to answer 5 calls from people, often in desperate need of support, helping them to find support and a way forward."

Call: 0300 123 3393 or text: 86463

Heads Together

"Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental well being and have the practical tools to support their friends and family."

NHS call: 111 

Samaritans call: 08457 90 90 90 in UK and Northern Ireland