There is absolutely no shame in asking for help.
If you feel like life is getting on top of you, or you’re worried about a loved one, reach out.
If you’re feeling suicidal, there are a couple of helplines you can call to talk through what’s going on for you. If you think you’re in danger of hurting yourself or others, go to your local A&E department or dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 open 24 hours a day
Mind: 0300 123 3393 weekdays 9am – 6pm
Go and see your GP if you’re concerned about your mental health. They will most likely give you a prescription, but if you’re not comfortable with that you need to push for a referral to your Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). Those guys will do an assessment with you and refer you to a psychiatrist if they think it is necessary. They are massively under-resourced, so you will probably need to be very explicit about needing help and the severity of your symptoms to get an appointment with a consultant.
For sexual abuse and rape survivors
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASAC) is an amazing charity that offer specialist support for victims of rape and sexual abuse. They’ve got a helpline staffed by volunteers with specialist training, you can call up and talk to them anonymously.
Local 01483 546400 7.30pm-9.30pm
National Freephone 0800 0288 022 7.30pm-9.30pm
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) also provide a specialist service. There’s a lot of useful information on their website and they also have a helpline.
Freephone 0800 801 0331 10am-6pm