SAMARITANS: Call 116 123, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Brighton & Hove Mental Health Rapid Response Service: Call 0300 304 0078, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Depression & Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are becoming increasingly common, and their effects can vary both symptomatically and in severity. Thankfully as these mental health illnesses are becoming better understood, the stigma against them is on the decline.
“Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions”, by Johann Hari is an excellent book for anyone suffering from depression and/or anxiety. His work is strongly supported through research and he presents his findings anecdotally and with a sense of humor. He proposes 7 main causes of depression and suggests some simple steps that can be taken to help manage it.
His work can be found at – https://thelostconnections.com/
The charity Mind is a leading mental health organisation in the UK. Their website contains detailed information about what depression and anxiety are, what the symptoms can be and how to look after yourself when you are suffering from them.
There are many complex LGBTQ issues which can impact upon an individual’s quality of life. From the initial realization, choosing whether or not to identify as LGBTQ, to then telling friends, family and colleagues. Living with potential prejudice and abuse can undermine self-esteem and result in feelings of anxiety, rejection and loneliness.
The organisation Stonewall believes in “Acceptance without Exception”. Their website contains information such as help with coming out, to legal advice for anyone suffering from discrimination – https://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-and-advice
Domestic violence can have ranging levels of severity, from gas-lighting to bodily harm. 1 in 4 women are thought to experience domestic violence and may live with their abuser for years before telling anyone or seeking help.
The National Domestic Violence Helpline has been created through a partnership with Refuge and Women’s Aid. Their website not only contains information on what domestic violence is and how it effects people, but it also offers advice and resources for those who need help – http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/
Grief & Loss
There is no precise way of predicting how intense or long lasting the feelings of grief and loss will be for each individual. Being able to understand that there is a recognized pattern to grief however and knowing what support is available, can be extremely comforting.
The Help Guide has been created to explain what grief is, what the stages of grief are , the symptoms and how to identify what type of support and self care are needed – https://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief/coping-with-grief-and-loss.htm
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” – Sigmund Freud.