Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Where to find help if you are in crisis

Crisis support

If you feel you are not able to keep yourself safe, and that you feel you are in crisis or you are considering A&E and do not need immediate medical assistance you should contact:

Mental Health Rapid Response (MHRR) line which is able to offer immediate support. They can be reached on 01273 242220 (24-hr number).

 

Other support and helplines

NHS Direct (24-hr number) 111

Emergency Duty Service (out of hours, Mon-Fri 5pm-8.30am. w/ends & bank hols 24 hrs) 01273 295555

Samaritans (24 hours) 01273 772277 or 08457 909090, text 07725 909090, email jo@samaritans.org, or drop-in any day 10am-10pm at Dubarry House, Newtown Road (near Hove Park Villas) Hove, BN3 6AE

Sussex Mental Health Line (5pm-9am, 24hrs w/end & bank hols) 0300 5000 101

Saneline (6pm-11pm) 0845 767 8000

HOPElineUK (for under 35s or those concerned, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, 7-10pm, w/ends 2-5pm) Tel 0800 068 4141, text 07786 209697, email pat@papyrus-uk.org

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) (leave msg) 01273 709060

Supportline (opening hours vary) 01708 765200

MindOut LGB&T Mental Health Project (leave message) 01273 234839, online instant chat www.mindout.org.uk (Mon – Fri 5.30pm-9.30pm, Sat & Sun 2pm-6pm)

Brighton LGBT Switchboard (5-11pm) 01273 204050

London LGBT Switchboard (10am to 11pm) 0300 330 0630

Mind in Brighton & Hove 01273 666950

Rethink 0300 5000 927

LGBT Police in Brighton & Hove/Sussex 101 ext 550427

Your GP/doctor

For many of us who feel suicidal, there seems to be no other way out. Death describes our world at that moment and feelings of suicide should not be under estimated, they are real and powerful and immediate. There are no magic cures.

But it is also true that:

  • Suicide is often a permanent solution to a temporary problem
  • When we are depressed, we tend to see things through the very narrow perspective of the present moment. A week or a month later, things may look completely different
  • Most people who once thought about killing themselves are now glad to be alive. They say they didn’t want to end their lives – they just wanted to stop the pain.

Healthy Heads and Hearts – Difference is Normal

The LGBT young people of Allsorts have created a mental health support and resource booklet for their peers.

This is a resource booklet written by and for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure. It is about thier experiences and how their inner resources and resilience has got them through difficult times in their lives. Below are some extracts from Healthy Heads and Hearts.

Many of our peers at Allsorts think that deep down they are unacceptable. Because of this, they may face problems with their mental health and resort to self-harming behaviour. Reflecting on our own experiences, we believe that when LGBT young people understand that the problem is not rooted in them, but in society’s discrimination, they may begin to find new possibilities for acceptance.

Here are some of the personal things that have helped us to overcome some of the barriers we face;

Get help and support

Find a way to express yourself

Respect yourself as an individual

Just say it as it is! Be proud of who you are! Friends can support you!

Campaigne against and challenge homophobia, transphobia and biphobia

Peer support – being around people like you. Join and LGBT club or youth group

 

Everyone is different. We all have different ways of coping. We all have resources inside of us even when we’re not aware that we have them. What is it that helps us get through the hard times in our lives? Where does our strength and courage come from? The young people of Allsorts have some suggestions.

Don’t give myself a hard time about feeling bad

Treat myself

Have a nice meal

Go to movies with friends

Post on NHSN (National Self- Harm network)

Go somewhere new

Watch Will and Grace box set (light hearted comedy)

Go second hand clothes shopping

Hang out with my cats

Paint

 

Young people from Allsorts describe how spending time in our favourite spaces and places where we feel comfortable and safe can help us reconnect with our inner resources.

Nature

The woods in Spring or Autumn. Where I love is a place that you can see all the greenery. You sit there and look around and think ‘this is a really nice place’. You do a lot of thinking. I feel safe and emotional, because I couldn’t share that feeling.’

Underwater when I’m diving. It’s the best feeling ever for me. It really is like escaping the world and entering something completely different, like you’re flying. It’s really silent, apart from your breathing.

In the countryside. You’re there with your thoughts and the wildlife. It’s calming. I feel at one when I’m somewhere isolated.

Being creative

When I’m singing I relieve lots of the emotions that I feel it’s easier to write that express in sp0ken words.

Painting – everything becomes colour and liquid and fluid, taking me somewhere magical.

Acting – the feeling after I’ve opened out and let all that out. I don’t want it to end. I feel so full and intense and empty all at the same time.

In the bath – Away from everyone. I can think and I can deal with my feelings. When the air hits you, you feel fresh and clean. It feels like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Escapism and getting away.

Allsorts – I feel really comfortable. There’s a couple of people in my class at college – I always have to be careful what I say. here I can make jokes and talk about it if I fancy women. All my friends are here.

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