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Mental Health Support Page

If you are experiencing mental health issues and need urgent support, or you’re concerned about a loved one, there are tons of support networks out there.

Finally, mental health is receiving the recognition that it deserves; that it is just as important to take care of your mental health than it is to take care of your physical health. 

We understand that taking the initial leap when asking for support might seem daunting at first. However, the good thing about the rise in awareness is the increase in other free sources including helplines, text services, live chat with counsellors, forums, blogs, and vlogs. 

At Instant eCare we strongly encourage those who are experiencing signs of mental health issues to speak up. Below are the most common psychological disorders explained, along with some common symptoms to look out for. You will then find a number of support networks to choose from.

Common Psychological Disorders

Disorder

Definition

Symptoms

Phobia

Anxiety disorder involving irrational and persistent fear of an object or situation that lasts for more than six months. This may trigger panic attacks.

Fear

Depression

Sadness, apathy or low mood lasting at least 2 weeks and is severe enough to disturb regular activities.

Low self-esteem, loss of interest, low energy, guilt, isolation, sleeping disorder, loss of appetite

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Can develop this disorder after experiencing a life-threatening or traumatic event like warfare, accident, sexual assault etc.

Flashbacks, nightmares, sleeping disorder, disturbing thoughts, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, heightened fight or flight response

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

A type of anxiety disorder in which people have recurring thoughts or urge to check something or perform an activity repeatedly.

Washers: afraid of contamination. Repetitively clean or wash. Counters: obsessed with numbers or symmetry. Checkers: Repetitively check things like a switch, door lock etc. Hoarders: Afraid that something bad will happen if they throw something away.

Bipolar

A mental disorder characterised by unusual mood swings with periods of depression and periods of elevation.

Depressive episodes: low energy, low motivation, loss of interest, apathy. Manic episodes: high energy, reduced need for sleep, loss of touch with reality.

Insomnia

A condition where people find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. This may be caused by different psychiatric and medical conditions.

Impacts: Low energy, lack of concentration, irritability, depressed mood, cognitive impairment, sleepiness

Eating disorder

It’s an illness that involves irregular eating habits and extreme distress about body weight and shape.

Anorexia: Obsessive fear of gaining weight. A person suffering from Anorexia fiercely limits food consumption. Bulimia: Binge eating: under this condition the person often loses control over his/her eating.

Schizophrenia

A serious disorder which affects a person’s ability to think, feel and behave correctly. The sufferer may find it difficult to distinguish between reality and imagination.

Hallucination, disorganised speech, lack of concentration, fear, hearing voices, delusion

Paranoia

It involves intense anxious but irrational feeling of being under threat (conspiracy or persecution).

Mistrust, anger, feeling of betrayal, defensive attitude, hypervigilance, suspicion

Panic disorder

A type of anxiety disorder characterised by sudden episodes of fear and panic attacks which typically last about 10 minutes.

Sweating, shaking, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, numbness, shortness of breath


Our support line:
Email: support@instantecare.co.uk
Tel: +44 2920 488 127
Live chat: Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm

 

Stress, anxiety and depression

Anxiety UK – Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. 
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)

Depression Alliance – Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.

Mind – Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. 
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

Samaritans – Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. 
Phone: 116 123 (Free 24-hour helpline)

SANE – Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. 
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30-10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare

Rethink Mental Illness – Support and advice for people living with mental illness. 
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

 

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar UK – A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

 

Men

Men’s Health Forum – 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Mental Health Foundation – Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

CALM – CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.

 

OCD and Panic disorders


No Panic – Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline. 
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)

OCD Action – Support for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources. 
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)

OCD UK – A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. 
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)


Adolescent and Student

PAPYRUS – Young suicide prevention society. 
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)


YoungMinds – Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. 
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

The Student Room – Mental Health Forum

 

LGBT

MindLine Trans – Support for transgender people and their families
Phone: 0300 330 5468 (Mon – Fri, 8pm – 12pm)

NHS Support Page for LGBT


Other avenues:


Top Mental Health Blogs

Top Mental Health Vloggers

SANE Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum