MIND-FULL? MINDFUL?

Mental health is incredibly important, especially when it comes to our overall health and well-being, but sadly it often gets overlooked or neglected, and many of us (myself included) forget to take care of ourselves in one of the most crucial ways.

I am by no means a mental health expert and I would never profess to be one, but I can say with all honesty, that I understand what it feels like to feel stuck, overwhelmed, less than, and fearful of the future, whilst simultaneously being haunted by the past. It is a very difficult position to be in, to not completely understand why your brain appears to be processing everything so different, or why your body is present in the moment but your mind is elsewhere. It can feel frustrating, lonely, and petrifying to feel so many things, or feel nothing at all. You may even worry that everyone else is living their life just fine, whilst for yourself, it feels so challenging to even get up in the morning and get on with your day.

Did you know 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England? (source)

Photo by Madison Inouye on Pexels.com

This means, that it could be you, a family member, or a friend, or maybe it could be every one of us at some point in our lives… These statistics are very worrying, but do amplify a shared struggle that so many of us are suffering from, especially as we come out of the recent year-long lockdown. You see, these problems are sadly widespread and more common than many people realise, yet at times, if we are struggling mentally, it can feel immensely isolating and confusing to navigate through these issues alone.

As cliché as this may sound, please know that you are not alone, as there are people in your life that care about you and can help. I will list some free services available, that may be of use to some of you. This is not to say that all or any of these may work for you, as it is a journey and we must find what works for us, but I do hope that some of these suggestions may help at least one person out there, who feels that they need extra support at this moment in time.


Trent PTS (based across Notts and Mansfield)

Trent PTS: provides free therapy which includes counselling, couples therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. During Lockdown we operate a full service accessible by phone or by video link. We provide treatment for: depression, anxiety, loss, grief, trauma, relationship problems, and many other conditions.

Samaritans

Contact the Samaritans for free, day or night. You can call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org – there are other contact methods available, so if this would be something you feel would be beneficial, please look into that.

Insight IAPT

Their Nottinghamshire service provides free and confidential talking therapies to anyone 18+ years who are registered with a GP in the Nottinghamshire area.

If you are suffering from your mental health and have noticed a change in your mood/behaviour, you should consult a professional and contact your GP. These suggestions above, are just that. Suggestions. Please seek professional help urgently if you or a loved one are at risk.

Mental Health Matters – Helpful Resources

Resources – YoungMinds

I do hope that reading this, has helped some of you out there and I hope that there is something featured within this blog that resonates.

MIND-FULL? MINDFUL?

Author: Phoebe Cox

Date Published: 25 Apr 2021

Mental health is incredibly important, especially when it comes to our overall health and well-being, but sadly it often gets overlooked or neglected, and many of us (myself included) forget to take care of ourselves in one of the most crucial ways.

I am by no means a mental health expert and I would never profess to be one, but I can say with all honesty, that I understand what it feels like to feel stuck, overwhelmed, less than, and fearful of the future, whilst simultaneously being haunted by the past. It is a very difficult position to be in, to not completely understand why your brain appears to be processing everything so different, or why your body is present in the moment but your mind is elsewhere. It can feel frustrating, lonely, and petrifying to feel so many things, or feel nothing at all. You may even worry that everyone else is living their life just fine, whilst for yourself, it feels so challenging to even get up in the morning and get on with your day.

Did you know 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England? (source)

Photo by Madison Inouye on Pexels.com

This means, that it could be you, a family member, or a friend, or maybe it could be every one of us at some point in our lives… These statistics are very worrying, but do amplify a shared struggle that so many of us are suffering from, especially as we come out of the recent year-long lockdown. You see, these problems are sadly widespread and more common than many people realise, yet at times, if we are struggling mentally, it can feel immensely isolating and confusing to navigate through these issues alone.

As cliché as this may sound, please know that you are not alone, as there are people in your life that care about you and can help. I will list some free services available, that may be of use to some of you. This is not to say that all or any of these may work for you, as it is a journey and we must find what works for us, but I do hope that some of these suggestions may help at least one person out there, who feels that they need extra support at this moment in time.


Trent PTS (based across Notts and Mansfield)

Trent PTS: provides free therapy which includes counselling, couples therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. During Lockdown we operate a full service accessible by phone or by video link. We provide treatment for: depression, anxiety, loss, grief, trauma, relationship problems, and many other conditions.

Samaritans

Contact the Samaritans for free, day or night. You can call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org – there are other contact methods available, so if this would be something you feel would be beneficial, please look into that.

Insight IAPT

Their Nottinghamshire service provides free and confidential talking therapies to anyone 18+ years who are registered with a GP in the Nottinghamshire area.

If you are suffering from your mental health and have noticed a change in your mood/behaviour, you should consult a professional and contact your GP. These suggestions above, are just that. Suggestions. Please seek professional help urgently if you or a loved one are at risk.

Mental Health Matters – Helpful Resources

Resources – YoungMinds

I do hope that reading this, has helped some of you out there and I hope that there is something featured within this blog that resonates.

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