At GujuMemes, we are committed to discussing topics and sharing resources which could help our followers and community. In 2019, there were 5,691 suicides registered in England and Wales and around 75% of those were men. The 10th September will mark World Suicide Prevention day, which is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).
The recent death of Sushant Singh Rajput sent shockwaves through our community and opened up conversations about Mental Health awareness. We understand that sometimes, discussing Mental Health and its complexities is often not taken as seriously as we would like in the Asian community due to individual and societal pressures. We would like to use our platform to spread awareness.
We must stress that we are not professionals, however what we can do is direct you to various resources, if you are not sure where to start, or simply if you would like to learn more and donate to the causes.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND IN IMMEDIATE CONCERN, IT IS ADVISABLE YOU FIRST SEEK ADVICE OF A GP, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH TEAM OR YOUR LOCAL A&E.
Some Notable Organisations:
Contact: 0300 123 3393
Mental Health Foundation
Website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ and https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/b/black-asian-and-minority-ethnic-bame-communities
Rethink Mental Illness
Contact: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm
Contact: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Shout Crisis Text Line: For support in a crisis, Text Shout to 85258.
Family Lives: https://www.familylives.org.uk/about/
For children: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/booklists/m/mental-health-awareness/
For teens: http://www.penguinteen.com/10-books-to-read-during-mental-health-awareness-month/
We would like to invite our followers to share resources that we may not have included, that have helped you in the past.
We are also interested in hearing from yourselves (which we are happy to keep anonymous), on your personal experiences with Mental Health, how you are coping and the support you have received, in the hope that these experiences will inspire others to seek help and to highlight that asking for help is not a sign of weakness! We 100% encourage it.
If you are a professional, we are also happy to add your resources and details to this blog.
Please send us a DM and we will be in touch.
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