Here at Absolute Radio, we think it's important that we all have conversations about our mental health. We wouldn't hesitate to tell someone we feel physically poorly, but none of us are great at telling people when we're not in a great place mentally.The good news is that things are changing, but it's down to all of us to end the stigma around mental health. We should all know where we can get help and also we should look out for each other. That can be as simple as having a conversation, talking about our own situation, or reaching out to someone who we think might need support.
Time To ListenTime To Listen is a new series on Absolute Radio, exploring music's positive impact on our mental health, with musicians talking about songs that made a difference to them. During Danielle Perry's evening show from 7pm Monday - Thursday one guest per week chooses a song each day that means something to them in various ways. It could be the song that changed their life, the song that makes them happy, the song that helped them through a tough time. A special omnibus half hour show with all of their choices from throughout the week, plus an extra fifth choice will air each week in The Sunday Night Music Club from 8pm. Guests on the show include U2's Adam Clayton, Sam Fender, Skunk Anansie's Skin, Tom Walker and more.
SupportEverybody is different and there isn't a one size fits all approach, but we wanted to share links to some organisations which can offer support. Take care of yourself and each other - you never know the difference a chat with a friend could make. Here are some amazing organisations that we work with, who you can contact for help and advice.
- Infoline which offers callers confidential help for the price of a local call.
- Legal Line which provides information on mental health related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates.
- Award-winning publications and website.
- Frontline services - Anyone can hit crisis point. CALM run a free and confidential helpline and webchat - 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life's problems. They support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).
- Communities - CALM spread their message and facilitate supportive spaces in workplaces, universities, pubs, clubs and prisons across the country.
- Campaigns - CALM challenge boring male stereotypes and encourage positive behavioural change and help-seeking behaviour, using cultural touch points like art, music, sport and comedy.
- Contact a Samaritan - Whether by phone, email, at a branch, or by mail, Samaritans are there to listen.
- Support and information - Samaritans also provide help to those bereaved or if you're worried about someone else.
- Programmes - From schools, to the workplace, to prison and the military, Samaritans can provide services and information.