It’s extremely important that on World Mental Health Day, and every day, we raise awareness of mental health and provide sufferers with the support they need. Seeking help for your mental health is often the first step towards getting better, but it can be difficult to know where to start and who to turn to.
It’s vital to remember that you are not alone; 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
Where to find help for your mental health
It is always okay to ask for help. There are an array of options for support available, but don’t be discouraged if your chosen method doesn’t work for you. Your mental health is an individual experience and it often takes time to find the most suitable answer.
Your Doctor (GP)
Although we associate visiting our local GP with when we’re feeling unwell, doctors are always there to help you with your mental health as well as your physical health. You don’t have to suffer in silence; doctors can make a diagnosis, offer you support and treatments, refer you to a mental health specialist, and recommend local services. Their wealth of experience will help you receive the support you need.
There are many fantastic charities across Greater Manchester which provide help for your mental health:
Self Help offers peer support, the sanctuary – mental health crisis, eTherapy, and talking therapies for those who are experiencing mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, phobias, and panic attacks. Their online therapy is a fantastic alternative if you are unable to meet with a professional in person.
Moodswings help people recover from life’s ups and downs. They offer recovery courses, workshops, online support, mental health in the workplace, and student support.
Student Help Zones
Manchester has a large student population. Although student life is exciting, it can soon become overwhelming and stressful due to tight deadlines and upcoming exams. Many students also move away from home for the first time and become more independent, often increasing feelings of loneliness. If you feel that your mental health is suffering as a result, your University can help.
Students at The University of Manchester may be entitled to receive one to one support from a Moodswings personal mentor/coach, and those at Salford University can be advised on how to access intense Moodswings support.
Family, friends, carers, and neighbours
Talking about your mental health with someone you trust is a great way to alleviate negative thoughts and feelings. Just knowing that they are there to listen is comforting; they can help you to find information, attend appointments with you, and give you some extra support and encouragement.
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