Mental health &Wellbeing
Paying attention to your mental health and wellbeing is important in all areas of your life, including work.
There is lots of information out there but we have selected a few resources to help you find out ways to look after your wellbeing and where to access support when you need it.
Mind are a leading mental health charity in the UK and provide support to anyone dealing with a mental health problem. According to Mind at least one in six workers experiences common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.
Here are just a few of their resources, including the Devon Mind who offer low cost/free counselling and local support.
Access to Work can help pay for support you may need because of your disability or mental health condition. For example:
Nine months of tailored mental health support through Remploy
Extra travel costs to and from work if you can’t use available public transport, or if you need help to adapt your vehicle
An interpreter or other support at a job interview if you have difficulty communicating
Other practical help at work, such as a job coach or a note taker or lip speaker
If you are struggling & need to talk to someone now, here are some contacts that might help:
Papyrus - a UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide in young people. For confidential suicide prevention advice call their HOPELINEUK service from 9am-midnight every day: 0800 068 4141 or visit their website www.papyrus-uk.org
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – if you are under 18 and experiencing a mental health crisis, you can contact CAMHS. Call CAMHS on 03300 245321 (Mon to Fri, 8am-5pm) or 0300 555 5000 (out of hours).
Livewell Southwest’s First Response Service – a 24/7 helpline for Plymouth, providing advice, support and signposting for people experiencing mental health difficulties. Call them on 0800 9239323.
Samaritans – support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope. Visit their website www.samaritans.org or call their 24 hour hotline on 116123.
ChildLine – Online support and counselling (online and telephone). Visit their website www.childline.org or call them on 0800 1111.
X-Plore run two youth groups for young people in Devon who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or questioning (Q) their sexual orientation or gender identity and have an extensive resource page for LGBTQ+ organsations and other support.
The Anna Freud Organisation is dedicated to supporting children, young people and their families affected by mental health problems.
Have a look at their 'Self-care' page for plenty of tips and creative ways to manage your wellbeing plus lots of other useful information in their 'Young People' section.