Maintaining good Mental Health is important but is often ignored.
This is because recognising signs and symptoms of failing Mental Health is not always easy and this page and below information has been collated for you to explore the symptoms and causes of poor Mental Health and when and how to seek help if required.
It is reassuring to know that one in four of us suffer with Mental Health at some point in our lives. You are not alone if you are one of them and there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. There are many causes that may affect our Mental Health, bereavement, separation and isolation are all causes as well as many others.
Talking therapies are effective, confidential treatments, delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners.
They can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression.
You can access talking therapies for free on the NHS.
You can refer yourself directly to an NHS talking therapies service without a referral from a GP, or a GP can refer you.
Help is available in person, by video, over the phone or as an online course.
Vita Health Group 24/7 Support line
Immediate emotional and practical support helpline.
To speak to an experienced counsellor call 0800 012 6549
24-hours a day, 7 days a week
Staying safe from suicidal thoughts
Stayingsafe.net - online resources including building a safety plan for times when are struggling with suicidal thoughts
Get help from emergency and crisis support services. TheStayAlive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.
The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.
Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4. Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
The Sanctuary Bristol Sanctuary is a place to come when you are in serious emotional distress. We aim to provide a safe, and welcoming environment where you can take stock and find some balance.
While at The Sanctuary, staff will be led by you with a focus on helping you to stay safe and make a short term plan of what to do next. We can provide information on how to access other BMH services, signpost you to other providers, including telephone helplines and support you to recognise your own strengths or strategies for crisis prevention and management. This service is currently operating a telephone only service, 7 days a week 4-10pm
Call: 0808 808 4994 (free) Webchat is available on the website
Also offer a crisis messenger text service which provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If aged 25 or under, and are experiencing any painful emotion or are in crisis, text THEMIX to 85258.
Suicide prevention Bristol The Patrol Team was founded by Suicide Prevention Bristol in 2018 and have received advanced training in suicide prevention.
Changes Bristol Peer Support
Changes Bristol is a mental health charity that began in 2003 when people with lived experience came together to form a support network for those suffering mental distress. We have developed as an organisation through the experience of our members, developing our services to meet the needs of communities throughout Bristol and the surrounding area.