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Mental health, is current and present in all our lives, we will know of someone who has anxiety, and or, are currently in that physical state yourself and in need of some guidance or help through counselling, personal therapy. I admire the American idea, that therapists are a natural part of their everyday lives, and that they use this resource for personal consultation on a regular basis. Lets look briefly at variants of depression and anxiety the two can naturally go hand in hand. The most common mental health issues for singles included anxiety and depression (39% for both) and sleep disorders (18%)

“According to the NHS website, one in four adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year”,  It affects people in all walks of life its doesn’t single you out regardless of your position in society, anyone can be affected and at any point in their lives. Mental health problems represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK.

According to sources its clear that the NHS it’s preparing to place more focus than before upon mental health. NHS England, and I quote ‘from source that it aims to deliver a transformation into mental health services by 2020/21, with an ambition of putting mental health on an equal footing to physical health in the NHS’.  For years people have sought help for mental health issues and due to lack of funding or support, walk away just hoping for change or that they’ll get better with anti-depressants, but we know most people end up leaving surgeries,  bereft of hope or change.  If your mental health is a real issue it can  ricochet into your physical health, eventually leading to personal crisis, and can affect personal relationships.   

Anxiety : Anxiety disorders are often coupled with sleeplessness, depression, panic attacks, racing thoughts, headaches or other physical issues.  Anxiety can run in families and be a lifelong challenge that spills over into all facets of life, from relationships and parenting to the workplace. There is a multitude of information at your fingertips, from the online platforms to local therapists in your area.  

The good news is that anxiety disorders are manageable, and counsellors have a plethora of tools to help clients lessen the impact of anxiety. You can think of an analogy such as an ocean of waves: Anxiety comes in waves, and managing the disorder means learning coping tools and strategies to help surf those waves rather than expecting the waves to disappear entirely.

“It’s a normal part of life to experience occasional anxiety,” “But you may experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.”

According to the DSM-5, anxiety disorders “include disorders that share features of excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioural disturbances. Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is anticipation of future threat.” Seems simple to be described here but in reality suffering from these conditions are real and not easy to deal with, without some help.

What are the Anxiety Disorders?

The DSM specifies anxiety disorders and describes anxiety symptoms under the following main headings:

Panic Disorder (both Without Agoraphobia and With Agoraphobia)

Agoraphobia Without a History of Panic Disorder

Specific Phobia (sometimes called Simple Phobia)

Social Phobia (sometimes called Social Anxiety Disorder)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)

Acute Stress Disorder

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Notice the signs…

Racing thoughts, rumination and overthinking possibilities — from social interactions to decision-making  are central to anxiety. In addition, people with anxiety often struggle with insomnia or sleeplessness and physical symptoms such as a racing heart, sweaty palms and headaches.  Adolescents sometimes turn to self-harming behaviours such as cutting or hair pulling to cope with anxiety. In adults and adolescents, anxiety can manifest in physiological issues such as stomachaches or irritable bowel syndrome. Although adults may channel their anxiety into physical problems, they’re also generally much more capable than adolescents and children of identifying and articulating the anxious thoughts, rumination and social struggles that they’re facing.

Neglecting our mental health is never good, but sometimes its just knowing where to go in order to source some advice.  Mental health is just what it is, ‘mental health’ its something that each and every one of us needs to be aware of, we often ignore the signs; stress, anxiety, constant snapping, anger, there are many areas of our wellbeing that is challenged. 

Below are details of a few services and organisations that offer help and support directly to people with mental health problems:

Talk to your GP



(http://www.samaritans.org/ Mental Illness)

The Mix (it was Get Connected) 

They offer a free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25.

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (Open 11am – 11pm 7 days a week)

E-mail: www.getconnected.org.uk/email-us/ 

Telephone Counselling: through the website

Webchat: through the website

Website: www.getconnected.org.uk


Childline gives advice and support for children and young people coping with distress.

Telephone: 0800 11 11 (open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week) (freephone)

E-mail: via website

Webchat: via website (Website: www.childline.org.uk)

Website: www.childline.org.uk

Switchboard – LGBT + Helpline

Switchboard gives practical and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. You can talk to them about any issue.  Telephone: 0300 330 0630 (open 10am – 11pm)

E-mail: chris@switchboard.lgbt ….Webchat: through the website

Website: www.switchboard.lgbt

Young Minds’ parents helpline


They offer confidential emotional support to everyone by telephone, email and post. They can talk to you about any issue. They have details of counsellors, agencies and support groups in the UK.

E-mail: info@supportline.org.uk/ Website: www.suportline.org.uk


This is a national charity which helps to stop young suicide. They run HOPELineUK. HOPELineUK give practical advice and information to: children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling, and anyone who is concerned about a young person.

Telephone: 0800 068 41 41 (open Mon-Fri: 10am to10pm, weekends: 2pm to 10pm & bank holidays: 2pm to 5pm)……  SMS: 07786 209697

Address: 67 Bewsey Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA2 7JQ

Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org / Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably) 

This organisation are aimed at men dealing with suicidal thoughts or emotional distress. They have a national helpline, webchat and online resources for support.

Telephone: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight, 7 days per

Website: www.thecalmzone.net


They run a national, out-of-hours helpline. They offer emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness. This includes family, friends and carers.

Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm to 10:30pm 7 days per week)

Website: www.sane.org.uk


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