The Mind over Body team understand the impact that body image can have on mental health, and though we aren’t a therapy service, we implore you not to feel that you must struggle alone.
For crisis support, you can contact:
Your local NHS Single Point of Access for mental health services team. Some areas have these teams but not all. You can call them, and they refer you to the right mental health support for you. They can refer you to the local crisis team or other services. You can find details of your single point of access team by putting the following into an internet search engine, “[Name of county, city, town or borough] single point of access team.”
Your NHS mental health team, if you are with one. You might be with an NHS mental health team like the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). If you are you can get in touch with your point of contact there. This might be someone like your care co ordinator, support worker or CPN. If you have a copy of your care plan it should say who you can contact if you are in crisis.
Your GP. GPs usually keep some appointments free for urgent cases. Your GP can make a referral to the local crisis team if necessary.
NHS 111. The line is for when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. You can call 111 if you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call, or if you need health information or reassurance about what to do next.
NHS 999. If you feel that you may be at risk of harming yourself or somebody else, this is an emergency and there is no shame in calling 999.
- Sane Line. They work with anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers, through a helpline, a free text-based support service called Textcare, and an online supportive forum community. Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm – 10:30pm every evening). Textcare: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/textcare. Support Forum: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/supportforum. Website: www.sane.org.uk
- Shout text service: You can text Shout to 85258 to connect to a trained person to help you. See giveusashout.org for more information.
- Llinell Cymorth Mental Health Helpline: 0800 132737 http://callhelpline.org.uk/
- Papyrus UK: Work with people under 35 who are having suicidal feelings, and with people who are worried about someone under 35. Telephone: 0800 068 41 41 (10am-10pm in the week, 2pm-10pm weekends). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Text: 07786 209697.
- C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably). Aimed specifically at men. Their helpline is open between 5pm and midnight every day of the year. Telephone (outside London): 0800 58 58 58. Telephone (London): 0808 802 58 58. Webchat: www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/ (5pm – Midnight every day).
- Silverline. Aimed at people over 55. Their helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Telephone: 0800 4 70 80 90
- Calm: Provides guided meditation and anxiety relieving activities: https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath?utm_source=lifecycle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=difficult_times_nonsubs_031720
- Action for happiness: An organisation providing various mental health tools and activities designed to promote happiness. https://www.actionforhappiness.org/
- Fika: A free mobile app providing meditation and activities for personal emotional growth, targeted at students.
- Rethink: Find a mental health support group local to you. https://www.rethink.org/help-in-your-area/groups-in-your-area/