13 January 2022

Blue Monday falls on 17th January, it is thought to be the most difficult day of the year but this is just a myth, we can all experience good and bad days anytime - good mental health matters every day of the year.

So, on 17th January, we are supporting Brew Monday – a day to help us to remember that the simple act of reaching out could help someone who is lonely, isolated and struggling with their mental health and that this is something that we could do any day of the year.

Brew Monday is an opportunity for us to contact someone who might need us, to make a brew or a coffee and to sit down, listen to and connect with someone we care about.

You could…..

  • make your colleague a ‘brew’, ask how they are and let them know how much you value working with them or pick up the phone to a colleague that you haven’t seen recently due to working from home or because of illness and ask how they are. This gesture could make such a difference

or….

  • contact that person who is on your mind, the person you have been meaning to call, it may be a friend or family member, call and check that they are okay and let them know that they are not alone

and don’t forget to be kind to yourself….

It has never been more important as we continue to cope with the Covid pandemic, to think about our mental health and support each other.

 

If you are struggling and need to talk to someone urgently, anyone at any time on any day can call CNWL's Single Point of Access on: 0800 0234 650

Helpful Organisations and Resources 

Organisation

Helplines, links to websites and resources

Age UK England

 

Information and support for older people

 

0800 678 1602 
ageuk.org.uk

 

 

 

Beat

Offers information and advice on eating disorders, and runs a supportive online community. Also provides a directory of support services at HelpFinder.

0808 801 0677 (adult helpline)
0808 801 0711 (youth line)
0808 801 0811 (student line)
beateatingdisorders.org.uk

 

CALM-Campaign Against Living Miserably

 

https://www.thecalmzone.net/about-calm/what-is-calm/

CALM helpline

0800 58 58 58

Open 5pm – midnight
365 days a year
.

 

Combat Stress Treatment and support for armed forces veterans who have mental health problems.

0800 1381 619 https://www.combatstress.org.uk/

The Compassionate Friends

Provides support to bereaved families after the death of a child.

0345 123 2304
tcf.org.uk


 

Cruse Bereavement Care

Information and support after a bereavement.

 

0808 808 1677
cruse.org.uk


 

Drinkaware

0300 123 1110

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/support-services/alcohol-support-services

Every Mind Matters-Looking After Your Mental Health, how to access help (NHS)

 

NHS campaign that encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.  Every Mind Matters is a digital hub (including an online tool) that offers a range of useful resources, helping you spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support.

It has an NHS-approved online tool, which helps you build ‘your mind plan’ to help you deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control

 

https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/

 

How to deal with change and uncertainty during COVID-19 - Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Help is at Hand -

a practical and emotional guide for people bereaved by suicide

https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/suicide/documents/help%20is%20at%20hand.pdf

Information and resources about safety planning

https://www.stayingsafe.net/ 

 

 

Kooth

Provides online mental health support for children and young people (from age 11 until their 26th birthday). Access to professional help and support from qualified counsellors 7 days per week, until 10pm. An adult struggling due the mental health of their child can get access kooth.

 

https://www.kooth.com/

 

LGBT Foundation

Advice, support and information for people identifying as LGBTQ+.

 

0345 3 30 30 30
 

https://lgbt.foundation/

https://lgbt.foundation/news/lgbt-christmas-survival-guide/257

 

Men's Advice Line

Confidential advice and support for men who have experienced domestic violence and abuse by a current or ex-partner or family member.

Men's Advice Line

0808 801 0327

 https://mensadviceline.org.uk/

Mind

Mind Infoline: Tel: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Mon-Fri) Text: 86463 https://www.mind.org.uk/

 

 

The Mix

provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.

 

tel:08088084994

 

https://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health/suicide

Money Helper

Provides free and impartial money advice.

tel:+44-800-138-7777

 

https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

0808 2000 247

 

https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

 

Papyrus

Papyrus is a national confidential helpline for any young people (under 35) at risk of suicide, or anyone worried about a young person at risk of suicide. The helpline is open 9am until midnight, every day of the year

Call 0800 068 41 41

 https://www.papyrus-uk.org/

Rethink

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line:

Tel: 0300 5000 927 (9:30-4pm Mon-Fri)

 

https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/about-mental-illness/learn-more-about-symptoms/suicidal-thoughts-how-to-cope/

 

Samaritans

Tel: 116 123 (24 hour, free to call) or email jo@samaritans.org or write us a letter

 

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/signs-you-may-be-struggling-cope/

 

https://media.samaritans.org/documents/Brew_Monday_2020_tips_leaflet.pdf

 

Silverline

Friendship and advice for older people

The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

 

Call 0800 4 70 80 90

https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline

 

Call 0300 330 0630

https://switchboard.lgbt/ 

Stay Alive App

This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

StayAlive app is intended as a self-help and educational tool and is not intended as a substitute for professional services. It can link users to local crisis services across BLMK. The StayAlive app is available for iOS and Android on Google Play and Apple app store

https://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app/

 

Stand Alone Charity supporting adults who are estranged (not in contact) from their family.

https://www.standalone.org.uk/

 

https://www.standalone.org.uk/guides/festive-guide/

Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service North West London

Email sbls@bwwmind.org.uk

 

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

Emotional and practical support and local groups for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide.

tel:+44-300-111-5065

 

https://uksobs.org/

Shout

support for children and young people who are struggling to cope

https://giveusashout.org/

 

Text 85258

Talk to Frank

Support for substance use

0300 123 6600

https://www.talktofrank.com/