Why Is Mental Health Important?

Mental health is an essential component of overall wellbeing. People who experience good mental health tend to be happier, more productive, and more successful in their personal and professional lives. In contrast, individuals who struggle with mental health issues often experience feelings of hopelessness and despair. They may also be prone to addiction and self-destructive behaviors that can have devastating consequences for themselves and those around them.

While mental health issues can arise for a number of different reasons, there are many effective strategies for managing these issues and improving one’s state of mind. Techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation, and exercise have been shown to help people rebuild their sense of well-being and develop better coping strategies for dealing with stress and trauma.

With proper treatment and support, it is possible to achieve good mental health at any stage in life, no matter what challenges you may be facing. Therefore, it is crucial that we place a greater focus on the importance of mental health so that we can all live happier, healthier lives.


Finding the right treatment

It is important to reach out to a trusted friend or family member for support. This step can be difficult, but it is an important first step in getting the help you need. Mental Health treatment is available, provided by either the NHS or charities, giving you the option to choose to pay for private treatment as well as receiving a free service.

Depression and Anxiety Advice offer a 24 hour helpline service for anyone suffering with mental health problems as well as addictions.

We also help those who seek to:

  • Discover Mental Health services near your location
  • Get Mental Health Treatment advice
  • Learn how to cope with Anxiety and Depression
  • Find out more about the best treatment for you/your loved one


Helplines Available

Mental health helplines can provide vital support for people who are struggling with their mental health. These helplines can offer a listening ear, advice and information, and signposting to other services. They can be a lifeline for people who are feeling isolated, overwhelmed or in crisis.

Mental health helplines are staffed by trained volunteers or professionals, who can offer non-judgemental support. Many helplines also offer confidential services, which means that your call will be treated in the strictest confidence. If you are struggling with your mental health, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There is no shame in seeking support, and talking to someone could make all the difference. Remember, you are not alone.


Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: www.samaritans.org


SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000
Email: support@sane.org.uk
Website: www.sane.org.uk

National Suicide Prevention Helpine UK

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK offers supportive listening and information to anyone having thoughts of suicide, including family, friends and carers of those having thoughts.
Telephone: 0800 689 5652
Email: info@spbristol.org
Website: www.nsphuk.org

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Calm run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – open from 5pm to midnight every day,  for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. CALM support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).
0800 585 858
Website: www.thecalmzone.net

The Mix

The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix’s support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.
Telephone: 0808 808 4994
Website: www.themix.org.uk

Papyrus Hopeline UK

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.
Telephone: 0800 068 4141
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Website: www.papyrus-uk.org


Nightlines are student-run listening and information services, open at night when other services on campus may be closed. Every night of term, student volunteers all over the UK answer calls, texts, instant messages and talk in person with their fellow university students about anything that is troubling them.
Website: www.nightline.ac.uk


Switchboard, the LGBT+ Helpline. This is a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being.
Telephone: 0300 330 0630
Email: chris@switchboard.lgbt
Website: www.switchboard.lgbt


C.A.L.L Offers emotional support and information/literature on Mental Health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service. C.A.L.L. Helpline offers a confidential listening and support service.
Telephone: 0800 132 737
Text: Help 81606
Website: www.callhelpline.org.uk


Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Website: www.mind.org.uk


YoungMinds Provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk
Text: Text YM to 85258


ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything – no problem is too big or too small.

Telephone: 0800 1111
Website: www.childline.org.uk

Side By Side

Side by Side is an online community where you can listen, share and be heard. Side by Side is run by Mind.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393
Email: sidebysideonline@mind.org.uk
Website: www.sidebyside.mind.org.uk/about


Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.  As a digital service, Shout 85258 has become increasingly critical since Covid-19, being one of the few mental health support services able to operate as normal at this time.

Text:  Text SHOUT to 85258
Website: www.giveusashout.org

NHS England IAPT

Let’s Talk IAPT is a free NHS, psychological therapy service offering support for a range of common mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety, OCD, PTSD and more

Website: www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-psychological-therapies-service

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line

he Rethink Mental Illness advice and information service offers practical help on a wide range of topics such as The Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, and carers rights. We also offer general information on living with mental illness, medication and care.

Telephone: 0300 5000 927
Email: advice@rethink.org
Website: www.rethink.org