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Helpline says it’s time to talk about mental illness

5 February 2018 Local News


A leading Mental Health Helpline is offering a listening ear to people in Stoke and Staffordshire as research published this week reveals that two thirds of UK adults feel they have nobody to talk to about their problems.

A survey conducted by the mental health Time to Change campaign. The survey found that 66% said they had no one to speak to about mental health, relationships or money.

Mark Lawton of the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline is urging people to reach out to the helpline if they are worried, stressed or anxious or generally worried about their mental health or the that of someone they know.

Mark Lawton says, ” We know it’s often hard to talk to someone about your problems, there’s never a right time, or people might not have someone they can easily turn to. That’s where we come in, we offer a free confidential service where people can call, email, instant message or text us to talk about their mental health concerns. It’s still hard for many people to talk about mental illness, that’s when it can help to talk to someone anonymously, in confidence and who isn’t there to judge. We can help advise people of the services that are available to them, help them plan next steps or simply listen to their worries and concerns.”

According to recent figures on pansi.org.uk, there are currently over 115,000 people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire living with a mental health condition, moreover a staggering 86% of people who are homeless will report a mental health condition.

Mark continues, “No-one should feel they are completely alone with no-one to talk to and in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, we are here for anyone aged 18 and over to ensure that’s not the case.

Sometimes, a call to our Helpline can be the difference between someone feeling so lost and hopeless that they are considering taking their own lives, to them going to bed feeling able to cope with the world, for other people talking to someone can stop them feeling isolated from the world, depressed, lonely and worried.  We never want people to feel they have nowhere to turn”.

With 1 in 4 people across the UK reporting a mental health condition in their lifetime, its hard to believe that there is still such a stigma around mental health, and that so many people at reluctant to talk about it openly.

Mark highlights that often people just don’t know where to start or sadly often end up saying nothing for fear of saying the wrong thing. So, if someone’s worried about their own mental health or someone else’s and don’t know what to do what can they do?

Mark tells us, “The best advise I can give is if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, worried or need to talk – don’t keep it to yourself.  Sharing your thoughts, concerns, feelings, and emotions with someone else can really make a difference. Even if you’re worried about someone else or supporting someone else with their mental health, we can offer a listening ear to you too. It’s good to talk and realise you are not alone.”

The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline is open 365 days a year, 7pm-2am weekdays, 2pm-2am weekends. Call free on 0808 800 2234, text 07860 022821, email staffordshire.helpline@brighter-futures.org.uk or instant message at www.brighte-futures.org.uk


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