Most people feel in emotional crisis at some time in their lives. For some this passes quite quickly but for others the feeling lasts for a while. If the feeling is overwhelming or you feel so distressed that you have thoughts of harming yourself or you feel you are at risk of harming others then you need to seek help urgently.
If you are not at crisis point, but are suffering escalating or unmanageable stress, burnout, anxiety or depression then seek professional help. This can be through your GP, a therapist or a psychiatrist.
They might suggest talking therapies and / or medication.
I have listed organisations and resources that can help here.
There are lots of free CBT resources on-line or in books.
Alternatively, call one of the helplines or attend a local Safe Haven to talk to someone face-to-face.
Safe havens are safe and friendly places to talk to someone for emotional and mental health support if you (or the person that you are caring for) are experiencing a crisis. They also give you an opportunity to meet others that might be in a similar situation.
Local safe havens are:
- Guildford Safe Haven at Oakleaf Enterprise, 101 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4UQ. Open daily 6pm-11pm including bank holidays
- Woking Safe Haven, The Prop, 30 Goldsworth Road, Woking Gu21 6JT. Open 6pm-11pm Monday to Friday and 12.30pm -11pm weekends and bank holidays.
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Anxiety UK – UK charity aiming to promote the relief and rehabilitation of people suffering with anxiety disorders through information and provision of self-help services. Tel: 0844 4775 774
Beat – UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. Tel: 0845 634 1414
BipolarUK – “charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers.” Tel: 0333 323 3880
CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
Depression Alliance – A UK charity for people affected by depression, offering help to people with depression, run by sufferers themselves. It has a network of self-help groups.Tel: 020 7633 0557
- Carers UK and Carers Online – the organisation representing the UK’s 5.7 million carers. Tel: 0345 573 369
Elefriends a MIND Charity-founded supportive online community, a “safe place to listen, share and be heard.”
- Maytree – “Maytree is a registered charity supporting people in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting. Maytree offers short-term accommodation with befriending in a confidential, supportive and non-medical environment.” National service, with accommodation based in London. Tel: 020 7263 7070
Mental Health Foundation – Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
MIND – a mental health charity in England and Wales, working to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress.
No Panic – A voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD.
OCD Action – support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources.
OCD UK – a charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
PAPYRUS – young suicide prevention society.
Rethink Mental Illness – support and advice for people living with mental illness.
- Samaritans Tel: 08457909090
Sane – Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.
YoungMinds – Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
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You can take your child to see their GP or health visitor who will be able to talk to them about their worries and concerns. They may signpost you to various resources such as the on-line support forums, apps and helplines listed below or they might refer you both on for further care & support if needed, including:
- Talking Therapies / Counselling. There are free and private services locally.
- Surrey’s Children and Family Health’s Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health service. Referrals are made via your health visitor or through the school or school nurse. They help advise about common emotional and behavioural problems in childhood.
- Early support & intervention. CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) Surrey have a Mindsight programme which offers help and support to children and young people when they begin to feel emotionally or mentally unwell to build wellbeing and resilience to reduce the chance for less serious mental health
- More intensive support. If problems are more advanced then the GP may refer your child to CAMHS (above) for further help. They see young people with a variety of problems including:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Depressive disorders
- Deliberate self harm
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Post traumatic syndromes
- Severe behavioural problems
On-line support & helplines
These are more relevant to teenagers and young people.
There are now many ways that teenagers can access counselling and support on-line or through helplines, either through live chat or forums. Some examples are:
- Papyrus – mental health help for young people.
- Mind – have an on-line community Elefriends which provides a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
- Young minds offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing through stories, on-line resources and helplines.
- ‘For Me’ – an free app launched by Childline and created by 4 teenagers who recognised the need for young people to have quick access to help and support.
- Kooth.com offers live forums where Kooth users share thoughts on certain topics i.e. OCD, school pressures, de-stressing. Counsellors available Monday-Friday 12 noon till 10pm & weekends 6pm till 10pm
MindEd for families offers a range of resources from on-line support, information on common problems faced by young people, child and teen development and medication.
Two book catalogues by Jessica Kingsley Publishers have a fantastic selection of books for children from pre-school to late teens aimed at supporting mental health and emotional wellbeing in children.One aimed more for under 11 years and one for older children although there is some cross-over in both.
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Talking therapy can be harder to find for younger children.
To access this free on the NHS, you would need to see your GP or health visitor in the first instance to be referred (if appropriate) into either
- CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) Surrey.
If you wish to go privately or have private insurance, you will usually need to go through your GP to see a child psychiatrist for an assessment before an onward referral for therapy.
Healthcare on Demand in Guildford do offer therapy for younger children privately.
Older children, teenagers & young people
If you and your child think that they may benefit from or your GP or teacher suggests getting help, here are some free and private services locally that might help.
Heads Together – free counselling sessions for 14-24 year olds in various locations, nearest being Leatherhead. Self-referral. Tel. 01737 378481
Surrey Youth Counselling Service – 6 sessions of free confidential face-to-face support at the Jarvis Centre in Guildford
BACP: the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapists lists all recognised practitioners and helps you find a therapist near you.
Counselling Directory lists lots of useful articles and resources about the different types of help available and enables you to find a therapist near to you
Optima Health A local wellbeing service based in Cobham offering 1-2-1 counselling, couples counselling and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).