Mental Health Awareness Week: the follow-up

17 May 2019

With Mental Health Awareness Week drawing to a close it’s time for a little reflection.

In a world that is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues, it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness Week is now a firmer fixture on calendars around the UK and beyond.

Companies large and small and media outlets across the UK have got on-board and either shared stories or drawn attention to the issues of Mental Health and body image specifically.

As the festivities from this week scale back focus shifts to sharing information on how you can access support should you ever need it.

If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem, you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. Below are details on services and organisations that offer help and support directly to people with mental health problems:

The Samaritans

The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence.

  • Call 116 123 - it's FREE

Or email

Rethink Mental Illness

You can call the Rethink advice and information line Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm for practical advice on:

  • different types of therapy and medication
  • benefits, debt, money issues
  • police, courts, prison
  • your rights under the Mental Health Act.

Call Rethink on 0300 5000 927 (calls are charged at your local rate).


Mind offer an information line to answer questions about:

  • types of mental health problem
  • where to get help
  • drug and alternative treatments
  • advocacy.

Call the Mind infoline on 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably). Or email

Information for this article has been sourced from the Mental Health Foundation ( who are the organisers of Mental Health Awareness Week.