Mental health is a topic that isn’t very popular in the UK. Many adults and teens don’t speak out about others or themselves who are experiencing a mental problem.
Mental Health affects 1 in 4 people in the UK. Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with almost 9% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
There are many mental health organisations in the UK that help people by providing care and advice to those facing mental health problems.
Advice is also readily available to anyone that cares for someone with a mental health condition.
Many of these organisations can be found online, here are the top 15 Mental Health organisations to follow on Twitter.
1. Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust is an organisation that provides mental health care to people living in Birmingham. BSMHFT is one of the biggest mental health foundations in the country.
2. Young Minds
Young Minds describe their selves as a voice of young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This charity provides advice to parents, professionals and young people via training, a help line and social networking sites.
3. St Andrew’s
St Andrew’s Healthcare is a teaching hospital that specialises in mental health, learning disability, autism and brain injury. With regional services in Birmingham, Essex, Nottingham and Northampton this makes St Andrew’s the largest provider of NHS care in the charity remit.
MindFull is a service that caters for 11-17 year olds, helping them by providing support and information about mental health and emotional wellbeing. Mindfull has a three-way support system, 1) Self Help: A section that is written by professionals and young people that has many activities and resources to help you learn more about mental health. 2) Speak to a MindFull Mentor: Young people trained to be mentors are online for other young people to talk to, this can make it easier for a young person to speak out about their troubles. 3) Access to Mental Health Professionals: MindFull have councilors and mental health professionals who provide one-to-one support.
ReliefMe is an online service that provides advice to people struggling with day-to-day problems. They provide a free app that is easily accessible that allows you to post anonymously and to give the best advice to young people around the world.
6. Mind Charity
The Mind Charity is governed by the council of management, their mission and goals are to support and empower people experiencing a mental health problem.
7. Youth Space
Youth Space raises awareness and promotes mental health in a positive way. They do this by offering support and advice to anyone interest in mental health. Youth Space is an online form based in Birmingham where people register to understand and gain advice for mental health problems.
8. Together Mental Health
This organisation supports people whilst in recovery. ‘Together Mental Health’ say that – “The people who use our services are at the heart of everything we do. They influence and shape the support they receive from us, and the way our services are run”.
9. New Servol
New Servol over the past 30 years have been a provider of accommodation research centres. They also work with smaller organisations to help offer support and advice to careers and family members.
10. Time to change
Time to Change is England’s biggest program to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.They aim to help people to feel confident when speaking out about problems they may have without facing discrimination. ‘Time to Change’ has a range of projects that help people in all communities to change their behaviour.
Rethink help over 1 million people a year and have set up campaigns nationally to help people come to terms with their mental illness. ‘Rethink’ give people the opportunity to get involved by volunteering fundraising for them. You can become a member of Rethink by signing up on their website which gives people the chance to connect with others facing mental health issues.
SANE is a UK-wide charity that works to improve the quality of life for people affected by a mental illness. They educate and campaign to help improve mental health services.
Urbrum is a new magazine that focuses on mental health issues affecting young people. Through the format of a magazine Urbum aim to help and raise awareness of the issues young people may deal with whilst facing a mental condition.
15. Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental health. They help people recover by developing better mental health services and carrying out research.