Earlier this evening I found a spider in my kitchen sink, so I caught the spider and put it on a bush outside. The following blog is a very short blog of the thoughts, which that spider prompted.
When a spider is trapped in a sink it can only go round and round, it cannot climb the walls because they are too steep and shiny. All it can do is keep on going round and round, until it is exhausted. It is the same when you have depression, this time the walls of your depression are too steep and shiny to climb, and all you can do is keep going round and round in your head until you too, are exhausted. In the end, both the spider and the person who has depression are so desperate, that they will do anything to escape. The only way out for the spider is to follow the water down the plughole, and the person who has depression can feel that their only option is to follow their feelings down a metaphorical plughole. Both of these escape routes can lead to the possible demise of the spider, and the person who has depression.
The outlook for the spider is pretty grim. Fortunately, for those who have depression or any other mental illness things do not have to get as bleak as the scenario painted above; there is help available. Your first port of call should be your GP or Family Doctor; they are the gateway to specialist treatment and therapy. If you have any problems in getting a diagnosis or treatment, contact your local Mind and ask them, what Mental Health Advocacy Services are available in your area? You will be able to find your local Mind contact details by clicking on the following link Mind in your area.
There are also numerous helplines and text services that offer help; the following list gives just a few of those available in the UK:
Sane Mental Health Helpline national helpline open 365 days a year from 6 pm to 11 pm: 0300 304 7000 for those over 16
Sane Textcare for those over 16
Samaritans 24 hour helpline 116 123
SupportLine Telephone Helpline 01708 765200 –email firstname.lastname@example.org
Confidential emotional support to Children Young People and Adults
Association for Post Natal Illness on 020 7386 0868 Website www.apni.org
Calmzone: National 0800 585858 – London 0808 802 5858 www.thecalmzone.net
Campaign Against Living Miserably. Help and support for young men aged 15-35 on issues, which include depression and suicide
Childline: 0800 1111 (24 hours)
Childline is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects
LGBT Foundation A charity offering mental health services and resources to the gay community: this includes a national support helpline.
Helpline: 0345 3 30 30 30, 10am until 10pm Monday to Friday, and 10am until 6pm Saturday
Email: email@example.com support within 72 hours
28th September 2016