FOLLOWING the recent news of former Love Island host Caroline Flack’s death, the discussion of mental health issues has once again been brought to the fore.
The news of Caroline Flack's death reminded us all, once again, that people who otherwise seem to be happy and healthy can be struggling on the inside and might need someone to talk to.
Whether it's yourself who is struggling, or someone you know, there are people out there who are ready to listen, to support and to help.
It is worth remembering where you can go and who you can speak to when you're feeling down or the pressure is getting to you. Here are some local and some national organisations you might want to consider.
Your GP should be able to provide you with contact details of services and can be a useful first port of call. The familiarity of a GP can be of great help to people as somewhere to begin the conversation.
Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year.
MIDDLESBROUGH & STOCKTON MIND
Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind is the leading local charity that provides confidential services for people experiencing emotional or mental health problems and their families. They are a member of the national Mind network and work within the quality standards of Mind.
90-92 Lothian Road, Middlesborough TS4 2QX
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm and Friday 9am - 4pm
Middlesbrough: 01642 257020 / Stockton: 01642 796630
If you have an urgent mental health issue, contact NHS 111 (24 hours a day) for help by calling 111.
The 'Every Mind Matters' project from Public Health England has plenty of helpful information as well as resources that can promote mental and physical activities to help improve your wellbeing, and reduce stress and loneliness.
BARBERS FOR HEALTH
The Lions Barber Collective is an international collection of top barbers which have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide. There is a Lions Barber in Middlesbrough and one just outside Yarm.
You can also check out our get involved page for local organisations that help deliver community projects you can participate in.