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Time to Talk and the Mind Fundraiser

11/02/2015 14:48 GMT | Updated 12/04/2015 10:59 BST

Recently in the media, and society in general there has been a big push to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health. Whether this is by mental health story lines being used in soaps such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale, celebrities sharing their experiences, members of society taking to the internet to display their thoughts/feelings/experiences/lessons learnt, or organisations and charities dedicated to taking over social media to increase awareness.

One campaign included in this recent drive is Time To Talk. It is ran by the organisation Time To Change. They're aim is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

This day each year encourages people to take just five minutes out of their day to hold a conversation about mental health with friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else you can think of. Participants can log their five minutes on the Time To Change website in the hope of gaining an idea how how much time was spent on this day talking about mental health.

Click here for more information.

There have been huge changes in the acceptability regarding speaking out about mental health, especially depression and anxiety. However, there are many other mental health conditions that are less frequently talked about. These often include more serious mental health conditions. The ones people know very little (if anything) about and so don't know what to say or how to react when they're brought into conversation.

It's education such as this which needs to be pushed. Many people are far more aware that mental illnesses are a real thing, but don't fully understand how people are affected, and what this means for friends and family surrounding that person.

Slowly this is changing, but it is often these same people that are left feeling helpless, with little information previously available as to where they can turn to for help or information.

Unless you already know of charities or organisations w ho can provide help and information, many people are left feeling lost in the system (or not even in the system, just lost and helpless). They are unsure of how to access help, or simply cannot get what they need. This can be detrimental to someone's life.

One charity to provide help, information and training regarding mental health issues are Mind. They are dedicated to ensuring no one faces mental illness alone. These charities heavily rely on donations to keep up their high standard of work to meet to demand.

Mind has a base in the South Wales Valleys, where 1 in 4 are affected by mental health issues each year.

One of their dedicated staff members has taken to fundraising via justgiving. click here to read his story.

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Find below organisations and helplines if you are affected by mental illness directly or indirectly, or even if you simply want to know more.

The Samartians

08457 90 90 90

Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record - about whatever's getting to you.

NHS Urgent Care Service

111

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.

Mind

0300 123 3393

Mind are open Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm, to help you make more informed choices about your situation. Perfect if you're struggling with life decisions.

SANE

0845 767 8000

SANE runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Open every day of the year from 6pm to 11pm.

OCD UK

0845 120 3778.

Their telephone Advice Line service is usually open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Providing advice, support and information to those living with OCD.

Childline

0800 1111

If you are a child worried about your own safety, or an adult worried about a child, then contact Childline free.

Beat Eating Disorders

Adult Helpline 0845 634 1414.

This helpline is available to anyone over the age of 18 and is open Monday and Wednesday 10.30am - 7.30pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am - 6.30pm.

Youthline 0845 634 7650.

The Youthline is available to anyone aged 25 or under, and is open Monday and Wednesday 10.30am - 7.30pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am - 6.30pm .

HOPELineUK

0800 068 41 41

Confidential Young Suicide Prevention Advice from Papyrus, prevention of Young Suicide.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

0800 58 58 58

National helpline is open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Callers can talk through any issue,

Action on Depression

0808 802 2020

Phone support for those experiencing depression, including carers, family and friends.

AUK infoline

08444 775 774

The AUK infoline is available to provide information and advice on the appropriate self help resources and products available to support people with anxiety

Young Minds Parent Helpline

0808 802 5544

Currently Young Minds only provide a helpline for parents who are worried about their child's mental health.

INTERNATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINES

Currently we only have a few countries covered, if you want to help us grow this list then contact us!

Australia

Lifeline

13 11 14

The Samaritans

1800-198-313

Mental Health Information Service

1300 794 991

Salvation Army Hope for Life

1300 467 354

Kids Help Line

1800 551 800

Domestic Violence Line

1800 656 463

Mensline Australia

1300 789 978

Canada

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Kids Help Phone

1800 668 6868

New Zealand

Lifeline Aotearoa

Within Auckland 09 5222 999

Outside Auckland 0800 543 354

United States of America

Adolescent Suicide Hotline

800-621-4000

Adolescent Crisis Intervention & Counseling Nineline

1-800-999-9999

Child Abuse Hotline

800-4-A-CHILD

Domestic Violence Hotline

800-799-7233

Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse

1-800-4-A-CHILD (800 422 4453)

Eating Disorders Center

1-888-236-1188

Gay & Lesbian Trevor HelpLine Suicide Prevention

1-800-850-8078

Help Finding a Therapist

1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)