Coming together for a cause
Earlier this year we were contacted by a family and their group of friends who over the space of a year had lost three of their loved ones to suicide. As part of their efforts to help raise awareness, they all came together to form a team and run the Birmingham Half marathon.
“After the events of the last year we all knew we wanted to do something that will not only bring us all together as a team but ultimately help raise awareness. Therefore, we will be running the Birmingham Half Marathon as a group to help spread the message that it’s okay to not be okay”.
As well as thier efforts to raise awareness of mental health and suicide, they also set themselves a team goal to raise £10,000 for Mind to help support others experiencing mental health problems who may also be at risk of taking their own lives.
“We are doing this not just for the money it will (hopefully) raise for a cause so close to our hearts and minds that needs a massive helping hand but to raise awareness for a prevalent issue that we as a society cannot keep ignoring! We are stronger together and it is time to speak up together”.
In loving memory of Jonathan Wheeler, David Browning and Adam Cunneen.
All of the money raised will go directly to Mind and will be used to provide the much needed help and support to the people who need it the most. It will also help with Mind’s efforts to raise awareness of suicide and inform people that there is help out there and that they are not alone.
A discussion about mental health
Shortly before running the Birmingham Half marathon, Callum and his friend Eleanor came to visit Dudley Mind at our head office in Stourbridge to record a video with our CEO Sandra Vaughan.
In the video posted below, Callumn and Sandra discuss various topics surrounding mental health, suicide and the impact social media has on us as a society and the effect it can have on someones mental health.
What support is available?
Are you or someone you know struggling with their mental health or having suicidal thoughts? Please know that you are not alone and that there is help and support out there for you.
If you are going through a difficult time at the moment and you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please speak to your GP as soon as possible. Your GP will be able to prescribe you medication to help you and refer you over to the NHS for more support.
There are also several helpines you can call to speak to someone who is there to listen to you in an understanding and non-judgmental way. All call operators are fully trained members of staff and volunteers who have an understanding of mental health from their own experiences.
If you have already harmed yourself, or are in a crisis where you intend to, please do not hesitate, call 999 and ask for an ambulance. If it is safe to do so, go along to the A&E deartment of your nearest hospital.
If you haven’t already harmed yourself and you just need someone to speak to, you can call one of the numbers below:
NHS 111 Service: 111
Samaritans: 116 123
Papyrus (teens and young adults): 0800 0684141
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) for men: 0800 585858
Childline (young people and children): 0800 1111
As well as support for suicidal feelings, there is also support for your mental health in general. The first point of call when experiencing mental health problems should always be your GP. If you are experiencing mental health problems for the first time, it is important to get the right diagnosis so that you can get the best support for you.
If you have been experiencing mental health problems for a while and know what your diagnosis is, you will be able to discuss with your GP what the best type of treatment would be and if any NHS services would be of help to you.
Apart from your GP, there are local mental health charities such as Dudley Mind who have a number of services that can help you with your mental health problems. For a list of our services you can download a copy of our general leaflet here.
You can also download our Useful list of local and national mental health services leaflet for other local and national services that may be of help to you.
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