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We Asked People What Helps Them When They’re Struggling With Their Mental Health

From exercise to the shipping forecast, we all have our own methods.

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Over the last couple of years, I’ve written about mental health a lot, at first it was scary but now it’s kind of a vice for when I’m struggling.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over that time, it’s that everyone is going through more than you’ll ever realise and everyone copes with it in their own way.

It’s genuinely fascinating to hear the different kinds of things people look to in tougher times, some of them simple and obvious, others that wouldn’t even cross my mind.

I put out a call on Twitter to gather as many different methods people fall back on and here’s what I got back….


Talking about how you feel can be a massive step forward too. “If you can, tell someone you trust. Someone you know who will listen and take you seriously, and don’t worry about how it comes out. I feel sh*t” will do to start things off.

This first step of talking about it can be the hardest, but the overwhelming majority of people we speak to say it was a relief to let somebody know, and that they got a really positive response.

Writing some thoughts down can be a good place to start, just getting some words out onto a page can help to clarify things, and makes it easier to speak about it when you’re ready.” – Paul Shiels, Communications Manager, CALM

“Recent years have seen a huge shift in the amount of discussion around mental health. Attitudes are beginning to change, and we saw the knock-on effect of that with the recent ONS report showing a reduction in the rate of male suicide. But we still have a long way to go.” – Paul Shiels

If you, or anyone you know are struggling you can call Samaritans for free on 116 123.

You can also find support online at CALM or use the CALM helpline.



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