Mental Health Awareness Week

Raising Awareness About Improving Mental Health.
If you're suffering with poor mental health, it's important to know that you can always ask for help.

Combat Stress offers a 24-hour helpline. Their contact details are: 0800 138 1619. Serving personnel and their families can call 0800 323 4444. Alternatively, you can text 07537 173683 or email
NHS 111 - to access medical help fast but when it's not a 999 emergency, telephone 111 (available 24 hours). To access information from the NHS on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living following the link to NHS Choices.
Samaritans freephone 116 123 ROI 1850 609090 (24/7) or email to access confidential emotional support for feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
Togetherall is a safe, online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.
Shout is a crisis text support service. Text SHOUT to 85258.

Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a meditation technique, where you focus on what's happening in the present moment - without judgemental thoughts. You can practice mindfulness right now, such as focusing on the sights, sounds, physical sensations and smells around you.

You can also practice mindfulness during everyday tasks or activities, such as making a cup of coffee, sitting out in the garden or going for a gentle stroll. The aim of mindfulness is to stand back from and quieten intrusive thought patterns.

Mindfulness can help with alleviating stress, anxiety and depression. More tips on mindfulness and wellbeing can be found on this dedicated NHS webpage.