Mental Health Awareness Week – Time to Talk Tuesdays

Yesterday marked the beginning of Mental Health Awareness week and I thought I would write about my mental health right now and why it is important to talk about your mental health and the benefits of doing so.

Currently I am waiting on my commitment appointments for my DBT sessions which I have two commitment sessions which if I don’t attend I won’t be allowed to participate in the DBT. DBT is a form of talking therapy that is done in a group session to help provide coping strategies and is from what I’ve been told is can be quite hard going. Just after we came back from our trip to Paris I came off my Sertraline  as 00Steve and I agreed that I wasn’t the same and not in a good way. I was having more dissociative episodes and anxiety attacks, but he said that my personality had changed for the worse and I had become anti social unless alcohol was involved.

I have been struggling more with my mental health as in coping with the melancholy and no tablets I started smoking again which because I was ashamed about I lied about to 00Steve even though he gave me ample chances to come clean so to speak and it caused a major argument and whilst I should most definitely not have lied he told me I can’t keep playing the mental health card. Now he is the most supportive person in my life but it just goes to show that even when you live with someone living with mental health issues you still never truly understand unless you are going through it yourself. Not that I want him to suffer with the same issues I have.

Also I guess the fact that my care coordinator has moved to a job closer to home and the student nurse either didn’t ring me or if she did didn’t leave a message to say she had tried. My new care coordinator had taken some impromptu time off so she could attend a training course on assisting people going through DBT or something similar. I am yet to hear from her and if I’m honest I do need to be seeing someone, yet ask the ladies from The IBD and Ostomy Support Show and they will tell you how little I saw my mental health team for one reason or another; which obviously hasn’t helped when I needed consistency in my care.

I am quite lucky in the fact I do have a lot of friends who understand mental health sadly because they either havemental health been through it or are going through it. One of my amazing, strong and kind friends posted this one Facebook with this as the caption “when it says keep in touch, face to face is more valuable than a phone call, and a phone call is more valuable than texting or messaging, but obviously you need to do the best you can and not beat yourself up.” Which I think is really imperative to remember because we all have our own battles to contend with but just getting in touch even if it isn’t in person is good for you and others.

I have been unable to ignore self harm urges but thankfully was able to pull myself out of the black hole before I did anything particularly stupid. I tend to find I do the same things to the same areas – does anyone else find that? Not being specific as to not triggering anyone (hopefully) However I am having the odd day more where I look at my body and not want to be sick or cry – which is clearly a good thing. I am trying not to compare myself to others as I am only in competition with myself. I asked 00Steve if he could help me get thin, which really has nothing to do with my weight but upping my fitness and toning up which will help with my ostomy. His response was simply “As long as one day you believe you are thin.” He recently told me that he wishes I could see myself as he does because he thinks I’m gorgeous *awwwww pass the sick bucket!!* I do wish I saw myself through his eyes I really do because it would soon put the BDD in it’s place!

Talking about my mental health whether it be to 00Steve, my friends and family or a medical professional will help even if it is just to moan about something to release a bit of the weight on your shoulders, or being told someone understands not in the taking over the convo sense but in the not feeling so alone sense. There are plenty of Facebook groups you can join if you don’t want to talk to someone you may know. Here are some numbers and websites of groups that may be of use which I got from http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk

The Samaritans 116 123 jo@

samaritans.org

Support Line 020 8554 9004
Careline 0845 122 8622 Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, 7-10pm
Mind 0845 766 0163 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Rethink 0845 456 0455

or 0207 840 3188

advice@

rethink.org

Saneline 0845 767 8000 6 – 11pm daily.  

Offers multilingual support

NHS Direct 0845 4647 24 hour
Self Injury Support

Bristol Crisis Centre for women

0808 800 8088 Tues & Weds 7-10pm

Thurs 3-6pm

Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre 0808 802 9999 Daily 12 – 2.30pm

7 – 9.30pm

Survivors UK

for male abuse victims

0845 122 1201 Mon, Tue,

Thur 7 – 9.30pm

National Self Harm Network 0800 622 6000 7 – 11pm
Anxiety Alliance 0845 296 7877

10am – 10pm

anxiety

alliance@

ntlworld.com

No Panic 0808 808 0545
Anxiety UK 08444 775 774

Mon-Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm

support@

anxietyuk

.org.uk

Depression Alliance 0845 123 23 20
B-eat

Eating Disorder Association

08456 341 414

Mon-Fri

12 noon-5 or 8.30

help@

b-eat.co.uk

 

Crossline

National Christian Helpline

0300 111 0101 9am – midnight
OCD Action 0845 390 62 32

10-4 Mon-Fri

support@

ocdaction

.org.uk

Young Minds

for parents

0808 802 5544

Mon-Fri 9.30am -4pm

parents@

youngminds

.org.uk

Hearing Voices 0845 122 86 42 Tues 1 – 4pm
Premier Lifeline (Christian) 0300 111 0101 Daily 9am – 12mn
Chinese Mental Health Association 0845 1228 660 Mon-Fri 4-6pm
BPD World

 

08700 053 273 Support for Borderline Personality Disorder
Bipolar UK 0333 323 3880 or

020 7931 6480

info@bipolaruk.org.uk
Domestic Violence 0808 2000 247 24 hour
Survivors of bereavement by suicide 0844 561 6855 9am – 9pm daily
Cruse Bereavement Care 0844 477 9400 9 – 5pm
Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 769 7555
Frank (drugs) 0800 77 66 00 24 hours

Multilingual

Narcotics Anonymous 0300 999 1212
Alzheimers Society 0845 300 0336 Dementia helpline

8.30 – 6.30 Mon-Fri

Post-Natal Illness 020 7386 0868

 

office hours
Parentline 0808 800 2222

 

Email
Muslim Youth Helpline 0808 808 2008

Mon – Fri 6pm – 12mn

Sat – Sun 12noon – 12mn

help@

myh.org.uk

Muslim Community Helpline 0208 904 8193

0208 908 6715

Mon – Fri 10am – 1pm
Jewish Helpline 0800 652 9249 Sun-Thurs 12-12mn

Friday 12-3pm (winter) & 12-6pm (summer)

Rethink – Asian mental health helpline 0808 800 2073 Mon & Wed 4 – 7pm

Tues & Thur 12 – 3pm

National Debtline 0808 808 4000

 

If you missed the last installment of Time to Talk Tuesdays please click the link. I am always available to chat too if you want to talk about anything.

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