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Mental Health Week 12th – 18th June 2017

Did you know that only 34% of men said they would openly talk about their feelings, and that we have all probably unknowingly worked with a colleague who suffers with a mental health problem?

One in 4 adults and one in ten young people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Sadly 3 out of 4 people fear the reaction of their friends if they talk about their mental health problems with 9 out of 10 experiencing stigma and discrimination.

If your friend or colleague is acting differently listen don’t judge, they may be suffering with

  • Anxiety
  • Biopolar
  • Depression
  • Eating disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Or even schizophrenia!

However more often than not they may just be having a bad day, so be a good friend and make sure you

  • Text, call, or chat
  • Be yourself, do everyday things – going for a coffee or a drink, playing sport; just being there for your friends can help.

Here are some organisations with more information:


Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)

Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Mind Infoline:

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday)
Web site:

Mind provides confidential mental health information services.

With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind has around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line:

Telephone: 0300 5000 927   (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.


Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (6pm-11pm)

Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.

The Mix:

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
Email: Helpline email form

The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix's support via phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services.


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Mind's anxiety poll,2015.Populus online interviews with 2063 GB adults