It’s great to start the conversation about mental health. We hope that these materials and ideas help get people talking.
Sometimes this can mean that people currently experiencing mental health problems will need some support, as sensitive conversations may bring up difficult things. There are lots of places to which you can go or direct people for help.
Change Your Mind is focusing on changing how we all think and act about mental health. We're not able to provide individual or emergency support for people in crisis, but there are lots of people who can. They are listed here:
Telephone: 0808 808 8000
Textphone number for those who are deaf and hard of hearing: 18001 0808 808 8000
Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. Calls to Lifeline are free to people living in Northern Ireland.
Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or, in most cases, talk with someone face to face.
Telephone: 028 9043 9843
Carers NI gives expert advice, information and support. It connects carers so nobody has to care alone. The organisation campaigns together for lasting change and innovates in order to find new ways to reach and support carers.
Telephone: 028 9066 4434
Addiction NI provides treatment and support for people who are dependent on alcohol or other drugs. They provide tailor-made treatment programmes for people with drug or alcohol problems, delivered in community settings.
Telephone: 028 9031 9030
Promoting the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, along with that of their families, in Northern Ireland.
We also have further help and support information on our website, including our innovative search tool to help you find the wellbeing support in your community. Click here for more information.
Change Your Mind is Northern Ireland’s regional campaign to tackle stigma and discrimination around mental health. Funded by Comic Relief, it is a joint programme run by Inspire and the Public Health Agency, working in partnership with a range of organisations and community networks across Northern Ireland. It is a grassroots campaign by those championing the message against mental health stigma across society — Change Your Mind is by people, for people.
While we are committed to spurring crucial conversations around mental health, our efforts to improve wellbeing and counter stigma do not stop there. Head over to the policy section of the Inspire website and check out what the organisation is working on.