The Black Dog Outdoors team are not professional mental health workers; however we all firmly believe that a re-connection with nature and the outdoors has a positive effect on mental health. Getting out for a walk, a climb, or even a paddle with like minded people is a great way to relax and reduce stress. We hope that by visiting this site you find a new activity to challenge you and help improve your general wellbeing.
We also appreciate that mental health issues can be complex, and that some days can be tougher to get through than others. The information below is specific to mental health awareness and support should you need it. You will also find a themed mental health blog at the bottom of the page, which you may find helpful.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUPS
If you require professional mental health support, or are concerned about the health of somebody else, the following support services are available to all.
If you are having thoughts of suicide then please contact either the Samaritans immediately by dialling the freephone number 116 123 or, for younger persons, contact the Papyrus Hopeline on 0800 068 4141.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING
Mental health and associated illnesses are now becoming de-stigmatised, thanks in part to widespread advertisement and campaigns. This is a great thing; however we can all help this cause by further educating ourselves on mental health issues, symptoms of illnesses, and procedures for helping people to get the help and support that they need.
If you’re interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aider then MHFA England provide qualification courses that can be booked nationally.