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The UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
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Contact HopelineUK if you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HopelineUK for confidential support and practical advice.
Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786209697 or
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm weekdays 2pm – 10pm weekends 2pm – 10pm bank holidays. Our Suicide Prevention Advisers are ready to support you.

Tel: 0300 5000 927
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Time to Change
Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. Our vision is to make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination and to inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health.

Frankie Bridge opens up about her battle with depression and anxiety

To mark World Mental Health Day, former Saturdays star Frankie Bridge joined the Loose Women panel to speak openly about her struggle with depression and anxiety.

In the week ITV launches it’s Britain Get Talking campaign, Frankie explains why it is so important to have a day dedicated to mental health. “We are always encouraging everyone to speak out about their mental health but by having a day… it forces you to acknowledge it.”

Credit: ITV

Having suffered with both anxiety and depression since her teens, the former child star talks about how she tackles mental health now she is a mother to two young boys what signs to look out for.

“I know one of my sons is a real deep thinker and I see a lot of myself in him, so already I’m aware that maybe he’s a little bit more like me. So I try to be sensitive to that and not bat off his feelings and his worries.”

“When I grew up, you pushed a lot of things under the carpet… and I think I just try not to do that with them.”

Acknowledging how attitudes towards the issue have changed over the years, the mental health advocate revealed how her sons’ school runs mental health classes adding: “I thought that was amazing…[it] just shows how far we’ve come.”

She goes on to talk about her new book, Open and how her former bandmate Mollie King helped her through her darkest moments.

You can watch the full chat above.
Mental health helplines
Britain Get Talking

Nominate your Loose Women Lighten the Load hero

Loose Women and the mental health charity Mind have come together once again to present a special award which recognises everyday heroes who support those of us living with mental health problems.

The Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero award honours someone who has gone to extraordinary lengths to be there for a loved one, friend or colleague living a with a mental health problem.

It might be in recognition of a moment of inspirational kindness, starting the conversation which motivated someone to seek professional help or it could reward all the small things that they do to support a Loose Women viewer through their mental health problems.

So if YOU have experienced mental health issues and been helped and supported by someone you'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to this is your chance!