If you are suicidal or in another type of acute mental health crisis, please talk to someone. Now. In the UK, you can contact The Samaritans by phone on 08457 909 909, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text message on 07725 909 090. If you live outside the UK, please click here for a list of international hotlines that can help you. Please try using these services before you harm yourself.
It is also important that you report your symptoms to your GP and/or care team as soon as you can, so that you can access appropriate help.
Although I write professionally on mental health issues, I do so as a patient. I am not a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, nor any other type of health professional. I cannot give you mental health advice of any form. Please consult a doctor or therapist if you are experiencing mental health difficulties.
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Sorry to be so formal. Once bitten, twice shy and all that 😉 (Don’t ask!!!)