This Mental Health Awareness Week we caught up with #ShePaddles Ambassador, Lisa Dickinson and Canoe Slalom athlete Kimberley Woods at Lee Valley White Water Centre. They shared with us their experiences with loneliness and how this impacted on their mental health. Both Lisa and Kimberley were keen to highlight the importance of reaching out to their friends, family and the paddling community for support.
For mental health support services you can use or signpost others to for mental health support and advice, see below.
*If someone is at urgent risk of harm, call 999 or escort them to A&E**
If you are struggling with mental health issues you can call the NHS on 111 or speak to a GP. You can also self-refer yourself for psychological support via the NHS IAPT service here.
There may be a local mental health crisis team in your area – for more information visit here.
Mind - Mind provides confidential mental health information services.
YoungMinds - Young Minds is a charity that supports children and young peoples’ (under 25 years) mental health. Resources, information, training, helpline and email contact available.
Samaritans - Confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Rethink Mental Illness - Expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them.
Papyrus - For under 35s struggling with suicidal feelings, or if you’re concerned about a young person.
Saneline - A mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.