Finding the words with MIND


Charity, Editor's Pick / Monday, February 12th, 2018

Finding the words with MIND

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Talking about your mental health can be a struggle at the best of times.

In my last post, we talked about Where to get help for your mental health, and one of the places I mentioned was MIND.

Finding the words with MIND
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WHAT IS MIND?

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

WHY SHOULD I CARE?

Every year 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem.

This could be you, your partner, your parents, your kids, a friend or other loved one.

Mental Health issues can happen to anyone, it doesn’t discriminate at all.

FIND THE WORDS CAMPAIGN

The Find the Words campaign is a brilliant way to help you make the first leap to talking to your GP about your Mental Health.

Often it can be scary and overwhelming to admit you need help.

This can manifest itself in a variety of ways in that you may be feeling:

  • Sad

  • Lonely

  • Empty

  • Depressed

  • Worried

  • Angry

  • Aggressive

And you’re not sure how to deal with your emotions or where to turn to for help.

GPs nowadays don’t have the time they used to, but they will still be your first port of call when you decide you need to get help for Mental Health.

By the time you’ve worked your nerve up to get an appointment, you could be waiting a while and end up cancelling the phone, but please persevere!

If you’re at all worried, MIND suggest:

  • Ask for a longer appointment to give you and your GP more time

  • Take a friend or family member with you

  • Write down what you want to say in advance so you can find the words.

They have an absolutely wonderful video which shows you how to do this on their Find the Words campaign page.

WHAT IF THE GP DOESN’T HELP?

If your GP doesn’t listen to you or give you the support you feel you need, you can always get in touch with MIND directly to get information and advice.

They have a helpline and centres around the country to give you the help you need.

HOW DO I HELP SOMEONE WITH MENTAL HEALTH?

In our busy lives, it can be hard to find the time, but being there to listen without judgement might be the lifeline a person struggling with Mental Health issues needs.

MIND has some wonderful resources to help you talk about Mental Health with someone you care about.

HOW TO HELP MIND

You can help MIND by donating to them directly, spreading the word on your social media pages, supporting a MIND shop or become a volunteer or campaigner.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post on MIND, let me know what other charities or topics you want to know more about.

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