Need Support?

People who suffer with depression often try to hide the symptoms from close family and friends and it is vital to recognise the early signs. There are a wide variety of organisations that can help people with depression, as well as their family and friends.

The Matthew Elvidge Trust (TMET) can't provide advice about personal situations. However,if you, or anyone you know, is feeling depressed, it is most important that you seek professional help quickly. We have listed below a number of organisations, who are able to provide help and support, but their services are intended to supplement and not replace professional advice through your GP and other services provided by the National Health Service.

The Matthew Elvidge Trust (TMET) doesn't recommend or endorse any particular organisation and can't guarantee that the organisation will have a solution to your particular problem; however, we do hope that they will be able to provide the right support for your situation.

 

rethink

Tel: 0845 456 0455 or 0207 840 3188
Available Monday to Friday 10 - 1pm
Website:
http://www.rethink.org/

The Rethink Advice and Information Service is a unique source of detailed advice, which covers a wide range of mental health problems.

Its staff possess a wealth of in-depth knowledge and experience. They are highly trained to provide specific solution-based guidance and offer information and advice in response to over 10,000 enquiries every year.

MIND

Mindinfoline Tel: 0845 766 0163 (available Monday to Friday 9 - 5pm)
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Website:
http://www.mind.org.uk/
It does this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone.The Mindinfoline is able to provide information on a range of topics including types of mental distress, where to get help, drug and alternative treatments and advocacy. We are able to provide details of help and support for people in their own area.

Papyrus

Papyrus is the UK national charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.
It provides advice on suicide prevention through a Help Line:
Hopeline: 0800 068 41 41
The helpline is open Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm and 7pm – 10pm, and 2pm – 5pm on weekends.
Website: http://www.papyrus-uk.org
Papyrus provides:

  •      support for young people, who may be at risk of suicide or those who live or work with them
  •      support for research and campaigning for change
  •       expertise and good practice
  •       resources for families and professionals

Please call their confidential helpline if you are: 

  •        a young person worried about yourself
  •        concerned about someone you know

 
  

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

end_of_the_skype_highlightingTel: 0800 58 58 58 (Saturday - Tuesday 17.00 to midnight)
Website: http://www.thecalmzone.net/
CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, is a charity set up in response to the high suicide rate among young men, currently the biggest killer of men under the age of 35
. It is a campaign and charity set up for and on behalf of young men.  Most men who kill themselves aren’t in contact with any other agency and what they need is practical, anonymous, confidential help from professionals. Which is why CALM was formed.

SANE

SANE Helpline: 0845 767 8000
Email: sanemail@sane.org.uk
Website: http://www.sane.org.uk/
SANE was established in 1986 to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness, following the overwhelming public response to a series of articles published in The Times entitled The Forgotten Illness.
Written by the charity’s founder and Chief Executive, Marjorie Wallace, the articles exposed the neglect of people suffering from mental illness and the poverty of services and information for individuals and families.
SANE's vision has remained consistent throughout its twenty five year history: to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness.

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Tel: 01635 869754
 Email: admin@cwmt.org
Website: http://www.cwmt.org/index.html

 The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT) was founded by his family to commemorate Charlie Waller. The Trust aims to raise awareness of the nature and dangers of depression, reduce stigma, provide training to primary care staff and encourage those who may be depressed to seek help.

 
 
  

Judi Meadows Memorial Fund

Email: info@judimeadows.com
Website: http://www.judimeadows.com/
The Judi Meadows Memorial Fund aims to help save lives which are threatened by suicide.

The Fund sets out to achieve this by:

  • Raising funds
  • Promoting and carrying out research
  • Building awareness and sharing information
  • Improving policy and practice
  • Providing support to those affected by depression and their families and friends

The Fund works in a highly collaborative manner with existing mental health charities, academics and campaigning individuals, in order to increase its understanding and management of people with mental health problems and factors that heighten suicide risk.

The Fund's intention is to focus on supporting research on potential risk factors of suicide that are currently less well known. Once an evidence base has been determined, it will build awareness amongst health professionals and the general public, in order to influence policy and practice.

Young Minds

Tel: 0808 802 5544 (9.30 - 4.00pm Monday to Friday)
Email: parents@youngminds.org.uk
Website: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/
YoungMinds is the UK's only national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people.

The warning signs of depression:

  • Changes in mood

    Changes in mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

    Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

  • Difficulty in making decisions

    Difficulty in making decisions

  • Irregular Sleep

    Irregular Sleep

  • Decreased Energy

    Decreased Energy

  • Tearfulness

    Tearfulness

  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

    Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

  • Restlessness

    Restlessness

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

    Thoughts of death or suicide

  • Appetite and weight loss

    Appetite and weight loss

  • Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood

    Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia

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