Please let me keep my life in our darkest moments, and you feel all is lost, and loneliness envelops you like a freezing fog with it’s icy grip getting tighter and tighter, all you want is peace, a final peace.
I am writing this article because it is mental health awareness month, and it’s something close to my heart, something I have personal experience with. Mental health is global, mental health can affect any of us at any time in our lives, and mental health can kill. We all need to understand and be open-minded to the issues of mental health, we all need to reach out to those suffering from this, sometimes that is all it takes.
You are now fighting the battle of your life, and the outcome will decide whether you live or die. You know that in all this turmoil you have to find an answer from somewhere, you have to get past the feeling of despair, loneliness, depression and that final thought of life is not worth living and you feel like you have lost before the fight has even begun, but am writing this today to tell you it doesn’t have to be like that, you don’t have to face your demons by yourself, help is out there, just reach out.
Our State Of Mind
One in four people in England suffers from some form of mental illness, and information shows that at the moment it’s more prevalent in women, but men are more likely to take their own lives, in fact by 2016 there were 6000 suicides in the UK. and although that figure is down since the 1980’s it’s still far too high. Has the issue of mental health got worse, or is it that our detection methods have got better? I personally think it’s a combination of both. I was shocked to learn that medicines dispensed has risen from 32 million not so long ago to 65 million-plus today. One in four people who are suffering from a mental illness or have suffered from at some point in their lives is a huge number and makes teaching and informing others about mental health so important today.
I have personally suffered from mental health issue’s when I was younger and have tried to take my own life twice, thankfully I managed to find the help I needed and although today my life is good in general, I still have what I call my dark days, I have learnt to deal with this but there are people who can’t and to put it bluntly, they end up dead.
It’s our responsibility as humans to reach out to these people and say “let me help” and find them the support that they so desperately need.
- 000 is the national emergency number in Australia.
- Lifeline (https://www.lifeline.org.au/) is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention, and mental health support services. It can be reached at 13 11 14. They also offer an online chat service.
- Kids Helpline (https://kidshelpline.com.au/) is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and counseling services for Australians aged 5–25. It can be reached on 1800 55 1800. In addition, the Kids Helpline does also provide online chat services.
- Beyond Blue (https://www.beyondblue.org.au) provides nationwide information and support regarding anxiety, depression, and suicide. It has a helpline which can be reached by calling 1300 22 4636. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, the organization also provides online chat from 15-24.
- 999 and 112 is the national emergency number in the United Kingdom 111, Option 2, is the National Health Services’ First Response Service for mental health crises and support.
- Samaritans (http://www.samaritans.org/) is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom.  They provide a 24/7, toll-free crisis line, as well as local branches. Samaritans Helpline can be reached at 116 123. Samaritans’ previous hotline number, 08457 90 90 90, is no longer in use. Calling this line may result in charges for call forwarding.
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (https://www.thecalmzone.net/) is a registered charity  based in England. It was launched in March 2006 as a campaign aimed at bringing the suicide rate down among men aged 15–35.  It has a limited-hour phone and webchat options. CALM (Nationwide) can be reached at 0800 58 58 58 (available every day from 5 PM. to midnight). CALM (London) can be reached at 0808 802 58 58 (available every day from 5 PM to midnight). CALM webchat can be found at https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/ (available every day from 5 PM to midnight).
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
- 911 is the national emergency number in the United States.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. It provides Spanish-speaking counselors, as well as options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. It is only available in the United States.  A 24-hour an Online Chat in partnership with Contact USA is also available.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (ESP) can be reached at 1-888-628-9454 The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Options) can be reached at 1-800-799-4889
- The Veterans Crisis Line (https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/) is a 24-hour, toll-free hotline that provides phone, webchat, and text options available to military veterans and their families. It provides options for the deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The Veterans Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1.
- The Crisis Text Line (crisistextline.org) is the only 24/7, nationwide crisis-intervention text-message hotline.  The Crisis Text Line can be reached by texting HOME to 741-741.
- Samaritans USA (http://www.samaritansusa.org/) is a registered charity aimed at
providing emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide throughout the United States. 
- The Trevor Project (http://www.thetrevorproject.org/) is a nationwide organization that provides a 24-hour phone hotline, as well as limited-hour webchat and text options, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The Trevor lifeline can be reached at 1-866-488-7386. TrevorChat can be found at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/ (available 7 days a week from 3 PM to 10 PM ET). TrevorText can be reached by texting TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 (available M-F from 3 PM to 10 PM ET).
- The Trans Lifeline (https://www.translifeline.org/) is a nonprofit organization that is created by and for the transgender community, providing crisis intervention hotlines, staffed by transgender individuals, available in the United States and Canada. The Trans Lifeline can be reached at 1-877-565-8860.
ABOVE INFORMATION WAS TAKEN FROM WIKIPEDIA
There are helpline numbers for most countries, and can easily be found online. Suicide doesn’t have to be an option, there is always help available, and life can be good again.
How It Affects Others
Living with someone with a mental illness can be tough, you have to expect the unexpected, you have to cope while you watch the person you love suffer, but you can’t run away you are their lifeline you are the one thing that gives them that shred of hope. Mental illness will affect everyone at some point in their lives and it is so important to be aware of the help that is available to us all, carers and sufferers alike. Mental health is something that needs to be addressed and we can all play a part in this. Life doesn’t need to be cut short, because life is precious, and so are the people who are suffering.
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