Going to your GP to ask for support with your mental health can be daunting and often unhelpful. They may not understand what you are going through or what help you need – even if you tell them! This may not always be the case, and in their defence they are ‘General’ Practitioners, not mental health experts.
- If you are referred to another service, there is usually a long waiting list – which can drag out for many months, making you feel forgotten – possibly even too late. This is a serious issue which needs a lot more attention.
- Sometimes medication may help some people, but there is also the possibility that you are far too quickly prescribed pills – without properly exploring your lifestyle, symptoms, options or discussing the long lists of potential negative side-effects – making you feel helpless.
- There are many other healthy and effective methods and techniques that can help you regain control. Make sure you ask questions, be nosey, get the relevant information, offer suggestions, and don’t forget to do your own research!
- After all, this is YOUR health we are talking about, and YOU are reaching out. YOU must take care of YOURSELF primarily. YOU are the most important person in YOUR life. If you con’t take care of you, who can you take care of ?
- If there is a way into the darkness, there WILL be a way out. Don’t lose hope and don’t give up. Believe in yourself, put the effort in, and you WILL reap the rewards.
Understanding depressions or anxieties can be very confusing and sometimes scary.
- It can be extremely difficult to explain what you are experiencing, especially to someone who has not had a similar experience. Fortunately, there are many understanding people you can turn to, and safe places you can go. Listed below.
- We all have dips and low points – some last longer than others, and some are worse than others. These are effected by many types of life situations, difficulties, stresses, fears, loss, abuse, depressions and anxieties that affect everyone in their own unique way.
- Admitting to yourself that your mental health is deteriorating can be difficult to come to terms with, let alone reach out for support.
Here are a few other services that DO understand and CAN support you. Try what you feel comfortable with. No pressure, no rush. There’s enough of that in society. Your mental health is the most important thing you own – so treat it with kindness and respect. You do deserve it.
– SUP MOB holds Progression Sessions in West London –
We aim to spread our sessions over the rest of London and the UK over the next couple of years.
- Please get in touch if you work for an agency or charity of similar interest and are interested in teaming up, working together or collaborating.
- We are looking for venues to hold our sessions in. They usually run weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, for 1-3 hours. Feel free to get in touch if you have, or can arrange, a location for us to use for a couple of hours.
- We will need volunteers to help run our sessions, so let us know if you have something to bring to the table in the spirit of empowering mental and physical health, improving lives and reaching potentials.
- We hold awareness events to bring attention to the national epidemic that is male suicide. We love working with anyone who supports our message and wants to get involved in any way. We aim to include things like:
- Creative Therapies
- Physical Activities
- Food & Drink Vendors
We love off-the-wall ideas and out-of-the-box thinking to raise awareness. If you feel you have a weird and wonderful suggestion, let us know! We are in it together!
1. URGENT SUPPORT
Samaritans will listen to anything you need to talk about, any time of day or night, 365 days a year, whatever you are going through.
- Call free anytime on 116 123 (this will not show up on your phone bill).
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit your local branch
2. SUICIDE SUPPORT
CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is dedicated to preventing male suicide.
- Call free on 0800 58 58 58 (Nationwide) or 0808 802 58 58 (London), 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.
- Help near you
Maytree is a sanctuary in North London for the suicidal. It aims to alleviate suffering and help people in suicidal crisis to re-engage with life and to restore hope.
3. DOMESTIC SUPPORT
Being a man comes with certain expectations. Some people believe only women face domestic abuse. This is far from true. A lot of psychological abuse that men suffer from is largely ignored. HelpGuide offer a trusted guide to mental & emotional health, and have some good guidelines for domestic abuse here, if you are unsure.
Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner (or ex-partner).
- Call on freephone 0808 801 0327 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (calls will not appear on BT landline phone bills). They aim to reply to voicemails within two working days.
- Email: email@example.com
ManKind Initiative is a confidential helpline for men suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner). Actual violence or mental abuse (bullying or constant insults). Emotional support and practical information.
- Get confidential help today on 01823 334 244, Weekdays 10am to 4pm.
- Calls are welcomed from mothers, sisters and friends of male victims seeking information. Also from support organisations, charities and local authorities.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spotting the Signs: Is a man you know a victim?
- One in six men will be a victim in their lifetime and 1/3 of all victims of domestic abuse are men. Read survivors stories.
4. RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE
An estimated 12,000 men are raped in the UK every year, and more than 70,000 are sexually abused or assaulted.
SurvivorsUK are here to help sexually abused men as well as their friends and family, no matter when the abuse happened, and challenge the silence and attitudes. They know male sexual abuse has profound effects on those who experience it and can deeply affect their mental health and relationships.
- Call 020 35 98 38 98
- Monday to Friday: 1030am-9pm
- Weekends: 10am-6pm
- Text: 020 3322 1860
- Whatsapp: 074 9181 6064
5. YOUNG PEOPLE SUPPORT
Papyrus provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. HOPELineUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling.
- Call free on 0800 068 41 41
- Monday to Friday: 10am-10pm
- Weekends: 2pm-10pm
- Bank Holidays: 2pm-5pm
- Text: 07786 209697
- Email: email@example.com
6. SUPPORT AFTER SUICIDE
NSPA, the National Suicide Prevention Alliance is an alliance of public, private and voluntary organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take individual and collective action to reduce suicide and support those bereaved or affected by suicide.
Support After Suicide Partnership are a special interest group of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance who focuses on supporting those bereaved or affected by suicide. You can fill in a form here and they will do everything they can to reply within 72 hours.
Facing The Future service has been developed by Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care to help support people who have been bereaved by suicide. The groups run once a week over six consecutive weeks, with each session lasting for 90 minutes. There are a minimum of five and a maximum of eight participants in each group and sessions are free of charge.
- Call 0208 939 9560 and leave a message. They will get back to you as soon as they can.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7. MENATL HEALTH SUPPORT
- Call 0300 123 3393 – 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
- Text: 86463
- Email: email@example.com
- Visit your local Mind
- Need urgent help?
- Blue Light Infoline for emergency service staff, volunteers and their families.
- Call 0300 303 5999 – 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
- Text: 84999
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- To contact their Legal Line, who provide legal information and general advice on mental health related law, call 0300 466 6463 (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except bank holidays). Alternatively you can email them email@example.com
Brothers In Arms offering support to men in Scotland, of any age, who are down or in crisis and empower them to ask for help when they need it, without feeling a failure if they do.
- Contact them here
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow our Brothers on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter