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Hey. Are you OK?

Hey. How are you?

It’s not always easy to love yourself, or even like yourself, but please know that you are valued in this world and your life really matters.

Today, October 10, 2017 is #WorldMentalHealthDay.

This day, around the world gives us all an opportunity to bring awareness to and highlight mental health and wellbeing issues.

Just like our physical health, we have to look after ours, and our children’s mental health.

In a world that can be often overwhelming, take time to look around you. Do you think someone you know is struggling? Reach out to others and offer support, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen.

If you yourself are struggling, please talk to someone. This doesn’t always mean going straight to your GP. It can be a friend or even a stranger on the end of a helpline. Charities like The Samaritans and Mind offer confidential contact services that can start you on your journey to feeling better. You don’t have to face this alone.

Let’s all look out for eachother and let our children know that it’s ok not to be ok – that being ‘poorly’ isn’t just the body, it can be our minds too. There is nothing to be ashamed of.

If you or someone you know needs a little help in the right direction, these organisations can help:

Samaritans – for everyone
Call 116 123

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm

Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number won’t show up on your phone bill

The Silver Line – for older people
Call 0800 4 70 80 90

Love Fi xx


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