Being in lockdown for over a year has taken its toll on many people’s mental health, with one NHS doctor warning that the country is in the grip of a ‘mental health pandemic.’

Even prior to the pandemic, a survey found that around one in six adults in England showed signs of a common mental disorder (such as depression), highlighting just how crucial mental health support is.

The NHS has outlined how important the use of charities are in accessing mental health support.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, we are highlighting some UK charities that provide mental health support.

If you are considering how your brand can do more to support mental health charities now and in the future – consider signing up for early access and donating to these amazing causes as consumer rewards. Your audiences care about mental health support, and you can do more to support them!

Mind

A leading force for change, this charity campaigns for greater awareness and access to support. Mind can answer all your questions surrounding mental health and give you tailored advice about what support is available to you.

Samaritans

Providing round-the-clock support (literally 24 hours a day, 365 days a year), Samaritans is on a mission to prevent suicide. Call this non-judgemental service if you’re struggling, experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation or just need someone to talk to.

Call Samaritans: 116 123

Mental Health Foundation

Host of the mental health awareness week, this charity is pivotal as a voice for change. By conducting research and influencing policy, they ensure that improvements are made to how mental health is treated in society.

Nightline Assocation

There have been rising numbers of students seeking mental health support in recent years which proves the Nightline Association to be an increasingly integral service. Run by students who can empathise with the pressure of being a student, this night service lends a listening ear if you’re a student in need.

Beat

This charity is specifically designed to support anyone who may be dealing with an eating disorder, which is estimated to affect over 1.6 million people in the UK, including an increasing number of males. With the prevalence of social media, setting unrealistic body image expectations, Beat is an essential charity which can help anyone dealing with any type of eating disorder.

Young Minds

A number of studies have suggested that the majority of mental health issues develop before the age of 24 indicating a necessity for early intervention. YoungMinds leads the way in supporting young people and those around them with dealing with mental health issues. Their helpline specifically addresses concerned parents.

CALM

Horrifyingly, suicide is the UK’s biggest threat to males under 45. This charity aims to combat this tragic issue with advice and support for men aged between 15 to 35.

The Mix

Exceptionally innovative and progressive, this charity, which is aimed at under 25s, talks to young people about very real issues that they might be facing.

OCD Action

A stigmatised and often neglected condition, this charity campaigns for better treatment and can provide specific advice on how to overcome your OCD.

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Nicola Telford

Nicola Telford

CEO & Co-Founder of Views For Change.

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