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Frequently Asked Questions

Experiencing mental health issues?

The first thing to do if you feel you are suffering from a mental health problem is to try to remain calm and not panic. The term mental health is often a cause for concern in a lot of people but this does not have to be the case. It is important to remember that mental health research has advanced a long way and there is now a vast amount of support available for you. There’s a lot of resources on this website which will help, but also don’t be afraid to contact a medical professional.

How do I support someone with depression?

Supporting someone with depression can be very difficult. Our natural instinct is to want to help that person by making the depression go away, looking for solutions. But sometimes the best help for them comes from support, listening and love. It’s important that as someone caring for someone with mental health issues, you also look after yourself. There’s a lot of resources and help on this website for you and for the person dealing with depression.

Are you thinking about harming yourself, or suicide?

If you are reading this page and are thinking about harming yourself or taking your own life, we would urge you to give considered thought to all the consequences of your decisions. You may have a long standing problem and currently be unable to imagine a way out. However, with the right help and treatment it will not be permanent. It is likely that you have made your way onto this page as you are currently in the midst of a crisis and you need support. It is important to know that you are not alone and that feeling suicidal now does not mean that it is the only option open to you. There are thousands of people worldwide who feel suicidal each year and go on to live happy and healthy lives. Below we have a suicide prevention guide which you can download, that is packed with helpful advice and crisis support numbers.

What does it feel like to have mental health problems?

It is understandable that many people who have a relative or close friend with mental health problems may ask this question so they can better understand and empathise with their loved one. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this question as mental health problems affect people in different ways. Factors such as what the illness is, the severity of the symptoms and the social support around a person all impact how a person feels. It can also be extremely difficult for a person to portray the way they are feeling to somebody who has not experienced their disorder. Whilst this is not the answer you’re looking for, it’s important we treat mental health case by case.

I feel alone, is there anyone to turn too?

When we’re struggling with mental health we often feel very alone and isolated. But that’s far from the truth. 1 in 4 people will struggle with mental health and it’s important to remember that the stigma and shame attached to mental health makes it seem like you’re alone (even when you’re not). Don’t be afraid to seek help, to reach out, it doesn’t make you weak.

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FREE HELPFUL GUIDES

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is an anxiety related disorder that revolves around a disproportionate fear of situations in which a person may struggle to escape. Whilst it is often referred to as simply a fear of open spaces, it is in fact much more complex than this.

 

Armed Forces Veterans

The onset of PTSD will not always occur immediately and may in fact take a number of years before becoming apparent. In this guide we look at the affects the military may have on mental health.

 

Autism & ADHD

Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are
both conditions that affect a person from an early age and can greatly impact their development and social functioning.

 

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that can cause a sufferer to experience bouts of deep depression interspersed with periods of mania or hypomania. Changes between the two extreme moods can be greatly distressing.

 

Bullying

Being bullied or being a bully can greatly damage a child’s mental state which subsequently impacts their ability to study and socialise; leaving them sad, withdrawn and anxious.

 

 

 

Child mental health - A guide for parents

Parents always want the best for their children. Learning that their child is unwell is troubling at the best of times, but it can be even worse when information regarding their condition is limited.

Childhood Trauma

Unfortunately many people worldwide are subjected to childhood trauma, both intentionally and unintentionally, each year. This guide looks at overcoming that trauma.

 

 

Crime

There is evidence that reveals that those who are suffering from mental health problems are far more likely than the general population to be the victims of crime, especially violent crime.

 

 

Depression

Depression is not an uncommon problem; on the contrary, it is in fact the most commonly occurring mental health problem in society today and affects a great number of people each year.

 

 

Eating Disorders

“Eating disorders” is the term used to describe a category of mental illnesses involving disordered eating and weight problems. This category can then generally be separated into four main disorders.

 

 

Exams

The exam period can be an incredibly stressful time, so it’s only natural for students to feel nervous about upcoming events. Sometimes, nerves can help us perform to our best potential. However, sometimes people can experience a heightened level of stress known as exam anxiety.

Hoarding Disorder

There are a number of different types of hoarding, some of which are specifically related to other disorders, but in general we can think of hoarding as when somebody acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner.

Later Life Mental Health & Dementia

This information sheet will look at some of the commonly occurring mental health conditions that occur in later life, as well as providing some tips to improve your quality of life in your retirement years.

 

Loneliness

This brochure is primarily aimed at those people who are suffering from loneliness but may also be beneficial to family members of those suffering and people with a general interest in the area.

 

 

Long term health conditions and mental health

Facing a long-term health condition or mental health condition can be difficult alone, so understandably experiencing both together can increase the distress that an individual experiences.

Male mental health

Males will show the same symptoms as females for a vast number of disorders. However, there are some distinct differences in the ways that males seek treatment and react to symptoms that make for worthy discussion.

 

Mental health and business

The business practices of some companies are also playing a role in the causation of mental health problems and some small changes can improve the lives of employees and save businesses substantial sums of money.

 

Mental health and students

Many conditions that students may present with are common life problems, and don’t fall under the category of mental health conditions. However, there are many conditions seen in students that will be discussed here.

Mental health and the holidays

The holiday period is a time for relaxation and happiness. Unfortunately, for many people the holiday period is not all about positivity, and can instead have a negative impact on their mental health.

 

Parents Guide

Parents always want the best for their children and naturally want them to stay healthy. Learning that their child is unwell is troubling at the best of times, but it can be even worse when information regarding their condition is limited.