We all go through periods of time when life can seem tough and situations can seem hard or even unbearable. Within many communities, there is a stigma attached to the use of the term ‘mental health’.

Do you or somebody you know feel lonely, isolated, depressed, or just in need of a chat and some friendly advice? Do you recognise some of these signs in yourself, or a friend or family member

  • Feeling tearful
  • Lacking energy
  • Using alcohol or drugs or prescription drugs to help you cope with your feelings
  • Being irritable or feeling nervous
  • Losing touch with family and friends or becoming withdrawn
  • Loss of interest in appearance
  • Eating or sleeping more or less than usual
  • Becoming accident prone
  • Making negative statements such as “I’m a waste of space”
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday things

These are a few of the signs that might mean that you, or someone you know, could do with some support.

Will counselling help me?

One in four people will experience mental health difficulties at some point in their lives, and it’s useful to remember that just like physical health problems, anyone can be affected. Within many communities there is a stigma attached to the use of the term ‘mental health’ or ‘mental health difficulties’.  In reality, mental health is just as much a part of all of our daily lives as physical health. If you broke a limb, you would get help to fix it by visiting a doctor. In the same way, if you are suffering emotionally, you can get help and appropriate support. Given support, reassurance and practical help, the good news is that people can and do get better.

Talking to a friend or family member can be very useful; there are also a range of services available to help you. These include:

Groups and Community Projects: These offer great opportunities to get out, socialise and take part in old or new hobbies and interests. Activities could range from gardening to creative writing to dancing!

Talking Therapies (such as Counselling or Psychotherapy): Many people cope with their personal difficulties by talking to a friend or loved one. Counselling and Psychotherapy works by giving you the time and space to talk through stressful situations and events with a professional. Find out more about counselling at icap by clicking here.

Medication: The medication available for various conditions has both improved in its effects and increased in range over the years. Courses of medication can be short term or long term. Your GP will be able to inform you of the appropriate options available.

Helpful organisations

The Samaritans offer a telephone service for those in crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Samaritans are sensitive and experienced volunteers, and you can discuss anything with them in complete confidence.

UK: 08457 90 90 90
ROI: 1850 60 90 90