Mind works to promote positive wellbeing across our communities, and to campaign against the stigma and discrimination faced by many people experiencing mental health challenges. They offer support to people on their road to recovery from a wide range of mental health challenges.
When living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is vital, whether that be about a condition, treatment options, or practical issues. As part of their efforts to provide this information, Mind have produced an A to Z of mental health support on their website, providing information on a great range of mental health problems, as well as on the support and services available to those experiencing them.
Mind provides direct support to those affected by mental health problems through their Infoline helpline, which can be accessed by calling on weekdays from 9am to 6pm, by texting, or by email. This provides information on a range of topics, including a range of types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication, and alternative treatments and advocacy. In particular, they can look for details of help and support in your own area.
Mind also recognises the great value of peer and group support in producing safe spaces where people can listen, share and be heard. Elefriends is an online community of about 50,000 people affected by mental health problems, who support each other through tough times. Whether members are feeling good when they write, or really low, it’s a place to share experiences and perspectives, such that members don’t just get help but give help too. Signing up to elefriends takes a couple of minutes, and members can thereafter write as much or as little as they wish.