Happy Youth Mental Health Day!

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The past few years have been challenging for many…despite facing the ongoing impact of various issues like the cost of living, the economy and climate crisis, we hope that you’ve found some solace and managed to make peace with the troubling times we’ve been experiencing. As we observe Youth Mental Health Day, my wish is that we all live our lives with high hopes, positivity, and optimism.

Why wait till new year to make resolutions- make it a daily habit to continue positive practices, work on improving undesired behaviours and traits, and achieve personal goals…lets together understand what it truly means to be well and what steps we can take to lead happier lives.

An increasing number of public figures and celebrities are sharing their experiences with mental health, and the effort to break the stigma around mental health is gaining momentum. However, with underfunded and overstretched NHS well-being services, it’s crucial to take advantage of the excellent mental health support provided by various charities. Below, we’ve listed some of the top mental health charities in the UK that can be of help to you or your loved ones in times of need…

  1. Samaritans Samaritans provide round-the-clock support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. No matter what you’re going through, a Samaritan will be there to listen. Their mission is to prevent suicide.
    • Phone: 116 123
    • Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  2. Mind Mind is a leading advocate for change, campaigning for greater awareness and access to support. They can answer your questions about mental health and offer tailored advice about available support.
    • Phone: 0300 123 3393
    • Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)
  3. National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK This helpline offers supportive listening to anyone experiencing thoughts of suicide.
    • Phone: 0800 689 5652
    • Opening hours: 6 pm – 3:30 am, daily
  4. SANEline SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline providing specialist emotional support, guidance, and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends, and carers.
    • Phone: 0300 304 7000
    • Opening hours: 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm, daily
  5. Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) CALM stands against suicide and offers support to anyone struggling with life. You can call CALM, or if you prefer not to speak on the phone, you can try their webchat service.
    • Phone: 0800 58 58 58
    • Opening hours: 5 pm – midnight, daily
  6. Shout If you’d rather not talk but need mental health support, Shout offers a free, confidential 24/7 text service to assist those in crisis.
    • Phone: Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258
    • Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  7. The Mix The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people under 25. They’re here to help with various challenges, from mental health to financial issues, homelessness to job searching, and more.
    • Phone: 0808 808 4994 OR Text ‘THEMIX’ to 85258
    • Opening hours: Phones 3 pm – midnight, text 24/7
  8. Beat Beat is a charity designed to support individuals dealing with eating disorders.
    • Phone: 0808 801 0677 (for adults), 0808 801 0677 (for young people)
    • Opening hours: 12 pm – 8 pm, Monday to Friday, 4 pm – 8 pm, weekends, and bank holidays
  9. OCD Action OCD Action campaigns for better treatment and can provide specific advice on overcoming OCD, a stigmatized and often neglected condition.
    • Phone: 0845 390 6232
    • Opening hours: 9:30 am – 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday

As we focus on Youth Mental Health Day and the well-being of our young generation, here are some healthy habits that can help improve mental health:

  • Exercise
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Eat healthily
  • Get more sleep
  • Socialize

Remember, taking care of your mental health is a crucial step towards leading a happier and more fulfilling life.


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