Mental Health/Illness Info

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading mental health research, policy and service improvement charity.

We are committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help us all lead mentally healthier lives. We help people to survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems.

We do this by carrying out research, developing practical solutions for better mental health services, campaigning to reduce stigma and discrimination and promoting better mental health for us all.

Mind helps people take control of their mental health.

We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone.

Beat is the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. Beat is the working name of the Eating Disorders Association, and we continue to build on the strong foundations of the past 20 years of work.

Eating disorders are a serious mental illness affecting 1.6 million people in the UK. Beat provides helplines for adults and young people, online support and a UK-wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorder

Beat’s vision is simple: Eating Disorders will be Beaten.

Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) has over 21 years of experience as a UK national eating disorder organisation. ABC provides personal advice and support to anyone affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and all kinds of eating distress.

We offer a professional, personal and caring service, from a team of staff with experience in eating disorders, providing encouragement, advice and support for all involved (sufferers and family members) to help make full recovery possible.

We are also a resource for, counsellors, support group leaders, youth leaders, church leaders, teachers, students and medical professionals.

If you cause physical harm to your body in order to deal with overwhelming feelings, know that you have nothing to be ashamed of. It’s likely that you’re keeping yourself alive and maintaining psychological integrity with the only tool you have right now. It’s a crude and ultimately self-destructive tool, but it works; you get relief from the overwhelming pain/fear/anxiety in your life. The prospect of giving it up may be unthinkable, which makes sense; you may not realize that self-harm isn’t the only or even best coping method around.

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Whatever you’re going through, whether it’s big or small, don’t bottle it up. We are here for you if you’re worried about something, feel upset or confused, or just want to talk to someone.

We offer our service by telephone, email, letter and face to face in most of our branches.

Samaritans is available to anyone in the UK and Ireland. If you live outside of the UK and Ireland, visit to find your nearest helpline.


  1. Good list of references. I see much pain on your blog, both received and self-inflicted, and alot of medication so as not to feel. It’s a painful self-portrait, yet, there is alot of strength and possibilities when using you draw upon your shadows as fuel for creative expression. Keep writing – well done. I used to carry similar pain – then got into AA. 11 years ago. Now, when it hurts, I have a home, no matter where I am, with people who know me, even though we’re strangers. God bless you, halfway. You deserve to move all the way out of the gutter and live in first class freedom. Consider yourself hugged, loved and prayed for.


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