Do I need professional help?

Sometimes just talking to someone close to you about how you are feeling will be enough. But any of the following might be signs that it would help you to talk to a professional:

  • persistently (for weeks or months, rather than days) having difficulties with eating and/or sleeping
  • drinking more alcohol than usual or drinking alcohol more frequently
  • frequently crying
  • low mood that affects your ability to go about daily activities
  • persistently unable to go to work due to how you are feeling
  • becoming socially isolated (avoiding family and friends)
  • difficulties with separating thoughts and reality
  • loss of interest in the things you used to enjoy
  • persistent feelings of fear or anxiety

This list doesn’t include every sign. Any worrying changes in your mood, thoughts or behaviour that don’t go away after a few weeks are worth checking out with your GP.

Where can I get help and support?

You might want to talk about your problems or worries by calling our confidential Stop It Now! helpline (0808 1000 900) to speak to an experienced, non-judgemental advisor. You can stay anonymous and don’t have to give your real name, location or any contact details. If you’re not ready to speak to anyone yet, you can also use our live chat or send a secure email.

Samaritans support anyone who is struggling to cope or in distress.

Parents Protect has information and guidance and resources to help you keep children safe online and offline. Its learning programme will help you to work through the issues at your own pace and understand how to keep children safe online and offline.

The Prisoners’ Families helpline can support you if you have a family member who is in contact with the criminal justice system in England and Wales. They give advice and information on all aspects of the justice system, from what happens when a loved one is arrested, to visiting a prison, to preparing for release.

Family Rights Group is a charity that advises relatives and friends about their rights and options when social workers or courts make decisions about their children’s welfare. They work with parents whose children are in need, at-risk or are in the care system and with wider family members and friends who are raising children

Childline is a confidential helpline that supports children through any concerns they have. Their advisors will listen to any worries, not judge callers and give them advice on how to deal with their problems.

Kooth is an online wellbeing community that gives free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling for young people.

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