There are times when professional help is required and below are some of the contact numbers and website to help and support you.
If you are concerned about your own, or someone else’s mental health, there are steps you can take to help. Talking about issues that are affecting your mental health can really make a difference and make you feel better. For more information about mental health and to find support services near you, please visitwww.mindingyourhead.info
If you are concerned about someone else’s mental health you should suggest that the person makes an appointment to see their GP. It may help to get the number for them or suggest you will accompany them to their appointment. If someone is in distress you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. If someone is in crisis, dial 999.
Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help. Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day. Calls to Lifeline are free to people living in Northern Ireland who are calling from UK landlines and phones.
Look after yourself
Witnessing someone you care about in a distressed state and/or providing support can also take its toll on you. It is important that you also look after your own mental health and do not take on more than you are comfortable with. Make sure you put support measures in place for yourself and also seek support if necessary.
Helplines Network NI is an easy-to-use site that provides helpline numbers for a range of issues http://www.helplinesnetworkni.com/
Lifeline – Tel: 0808 808 8000
Samaritans – Tel: 116 123
Citizens Advice Bureau – for advice on benefits, housing, finance and legal issues, contact Advice NI at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/nireland/