mental health day 2019: modern slavery and homelessness

posted on October 2019 by leanne bates, marketing executive

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Today is World Mental Health Day 2019, an opportunity for us to raise awareness of mental health and advocate against any social stigma that comes with it. Here, we highlight two of the key societal issues that have a significant impact on mental health, and some of the key organisations that are available to help those who need it.

Modern Slavery

Affecting a staggering 40 million people worldwide, modern slavery victims are suffering from the likes of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the UK alone, 89 percent of modern slavery victims are suffering from these disorders because they’ve been abused, exploited and / or forced to work against their will.

While the topic is one that’s hot in the press, we’ve got a long way to go before we stamp it out completely. Raising awareness of the organisations that are out there (like our partners Unseen and Stronger Together) that offer support is crucial so victims know they have somewhere to turn. Spotting the signs early on is key as well, so we can stop it from happening in the first place. Find out what to look out for when identifying modern slavery here.

Homelessness

Having safe and secure housing is a fundamental need for anyone. Take it away, and we’re at risk of developing mental health problems. Housing charity Homeless Link found that 80% of homeless people in the UK have reported at least one mental health issue, 45% of which have been officially diagnosed.

Urgent action is needed, especially seeing as in 2018 around 726 homeless people died in England and Wales due to the likes of drug poisoning, suicide and alcohol-abuse. This is the highest year-to-year increase (22%) since the data was first collected in 2013.

This week, we’re tackling the homeless problem in Liverpool by sleeping outside for one night to raise money for The WhiteChapel Centre, a charity helping those who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation. To sponsor us, please visit our Go Fund Me Page here.

Helplines

Of course, there are many other causes of mental health problems including unemployment, trauma, poverty, domestic violence and abuse. If you’re facing difficulties, please reach out. Here’s some organisations that offer support:

Gambling addiction:
GamCare
0808 020 133

Eating disorders
Beat
0808 801 0677

Drug and Alcohol addiction
Alcoholics Anonymous Great Britain
0800 917 7650
help@aamail.org

Talk to Frank
0300 123 6600
Text a question to 82111 and FRANK will text you back

Domestic abuse victims
Victim Support
0333 043 7985

Men’s advice line
0808 801 0327

Domestic Violence helpline for women:
0808 2000 247

Sexual Abuse Victims
The Rape Crisis for Women
0808 802 9999

Safeline for men
0808 800 5005
Text: SHOUT to 85258 (24/7 crisis text support)

Anxiety and Depression
Speak to your GP
Speak to your family / friends
Use free meditation / relaxation apps like HeadSpaceCalm and Breethe

Suicidal Thoughts and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Mind
Helpline: 0300 123 3393

Samaritans
Helpline: 116 123
jo@samaritans.org

Harmless (non-suicidal)
info@harmless.org.uk

Bereavement Support
Cruse
0808 808 1677

Struggling with Sexuality
LGBT Foundation
0345 3 30 30 30
helpline@lgbt.foundation

Switchboard
0300 330 0630
chris@switchboard.lgbt