Maternal Mental Health - Who can help?
When you are struggling with your mental health it’s hard enough to admit that your aren’t coping so it shouldn’t be hard to find out who can help you.
We know that mumlife often means that you won’t have the time to research what organisations are there for you or google phone numbers to call, which is why we have put together this guide to Maternal Mental Health support organisations and how you can can contact them.
The first of port of call should always be your GP however getting a GP appointment can sometimes be like trying to locate the hanging gardens of Babylon so there are other ways you can get mental health support through the NHS.
The link below will direct you to the NHS webpage dedicated to find local self referral talking and psychological therapies. This service allows you to locate NHS services that you can access without a GP referral.
The NHS also has an online mental health tool kit called Every Mind Matters where you can complete a short survey and be given online tips to support your personal mental health. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Mind Charity is one of the largest mental health charities in the UK and have various resources to support your mental health.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
The Mental Health Foundation
The Mental HealthFoundation is a great place to find more information on mental health as well as tools and tips to help you manage yours.
No Panic is an organisation that solely supports those who struggle with OCD and panic attacks. Panic Attacks can be debilitating and are often the result of poor mental healthhowever you certainly don’t have to suffer alone.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge
Papyrus is charity aimed at supporting younger adults with their mental health so if you are under 35 they may be the right person for you to reach out to.
Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)
Rethink Mental Illness is a wonderful nationwide charity supporting those living with mental illness. They have over 200 talking therapy services across the UK and almost 180 support groups which means they might be able to help you within your community.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Samaritans are possibly the most well known charities for mental health and work really hard to help those who are having a mental health crisis. Please call their 24 hour free helpline if you feel that you need urgent support.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Sane is not just help for those suffering with poor mental health but also their family and carers. The wonderful thing about Sane is that if you do not feel able to talk they have a text line where you can receive support and care via text message.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message
www.sane.org.uk/textcarePeer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum
We hope that if you are reading this that you will find the strength to reach out to one of the above organisations. It is important that you know that you are loved, supported and valued but that most of all you are not alone. It may feel that you are the only person who feels the way that you do now but if you talk to any of the above support providers you will see that so many do, have and can get through it.