MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT ONLINE

When it comes to mental health, you’re not as alone as you think!

There are numerous resources and sources of supportive and helpful information within a number of mental health issues. Whether you are a sufferer of mental health, or the carer or loved one of a sufferer, there is support out there. 

It’s a question of where to look for these credible sources.

What is really important to note is that they don’t all fall in the same age or type of mental health support category.  Whether you are feeling distress, despair, depression, suicidal, anxiety, in crisis, or you are a young person, a parent, a man, a woman, a carer, there are specific websites that offer that support you need. 

The second edition now includes a complete chapter on Mental Health Support online, guiding the reader through their specific search with a heavier focus on three main countries, the UK, the US, and Australia, as they are examples of some of the best mental health support online.

Below are a few of the many mental health support websites mentioned in the book.

UK

• PAPYRUS
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends)
Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

• SAMARITANS
Emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.
Provides confidential, non-judgemental
You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hrs/day, free to call)
Website: https://www.samaritans.org

• SHOUT
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Text: 85258
Website: https://www.giveusashout.org/

US

• National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
This is the leading federal agency for research on mental disorders; its website also provides links to a number of other online mental health organisations relating to a number of mental health illnesses.
NIMH is part of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
Website: www.nimh.nih.gov

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This is a free and confidential crisis hotline, which is available to anyone 24/7 days a week, and connects callers to the nearest crisis centre in the national Lifeline network.
Telephone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

• Crisis Text Line
This is a text hotline available 24/7 throughout the US. It is available to anyone having any type of mental health crisis, and connects those using the service with a crisis counsellor who can provide support and information.
Text: Send ‘HELLO’ to 741741
Website: www.crisistextline.org

Australia

• SANE Australia
This is a national mental health charity that delivers support and information, through access to a helpline and online webchat.
Telephone: 1800 187 263
Website: www.sane.org

• Carer Gateway
This is an Australian government initiative that provides information and advice, assists carers in getting the services and support they need, offers free counselling services over the phone, provides free coaching, and utilises a community forum as a means to connect carers with one another.
Website: www.carergateway.gov.au

• The Butterfly Foundation
This organisation gives support both to people suffering from eating disorders and negative body image, and to their families and friends. It is accessible by phone, email, or online chat.
Telephone: 1800 33 4673
Website: www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

You can find these and more in the 2nd edition of IS IT SERIOUS?