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Yesterday, Thursday 18 October, one of the leading mental health charities in the UK - SANE - launched Send a text, Save a life. I have given this campaign as much publicity as I can because I know, from my own personal experience, how important phone calls and texts were to helping me in my recovery.
Cut and pasted from the SANE website:
How you can Help
How can Send a Text Save a Life help?
When you have concerns about someone, and you’re unsure what to do, you can send a supportive text message This is a very discrete and simple way of making contact, and letting the person know you care. You can reach out in a helpful way; and often you don’t need to address the subject of mental health straight away.
What do I say?
SANE maintains you don’t have to be an ‘expert’ to offer effective and important support. Often just showing that you care, and that you’re accepting of the other person’s feelings is enough. The text becomes a message of hope that can encourage a person to ask for help. SANE has a wealth of mental health resources; we provide free, confidential emotional support to people affected by mental health problems, including family, friends, colleagues and carers.
What do I do next?
Someone who is stressed, anxious and/or depressed is very likely to be experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation and may well be finding it difficult to communicate. The most important step is to let them know:
You are thinking of them
You care about their welfare, and
You are there to listen if they want to talk.
Follow the link for all the information:
Here are some examples of sample supportive texts:
Sources of support for people in need are here:
Please do feel free to explore the SANE website fully - it is excellent and has lots of useful advice, support and resources on there.