In conjunction with our sister organisation London Arts and Health (LAH) we are issuing the following statement regarding ongoing events in Israel and Gaza.
As an organisation focused on health, wellbeing and equity we urge the UK government to call immediately for a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza and to speak up unequivocally for the maintenance of international law and protection and support of civilians, as well as aid and health practitioners. We know that the ongoing horrifying violence will be affecting our members both directly and indirectly. We’re also acutely aware of a rising risk of racism, including Islamophobia and antisemitism, and hate crime in the UK itself. We have worked with LAH to compile a list of support lines below which may be able to help you if your health and/or wellbeing is being affected. If any members would like to discuss any impacts these events are having on their work, we are here to support you – please contact us via our usual email address: email@example.com (do bear in mind that we are a small organisation and may not be able to respond immediately).
Mental Health Support
In an emergency, call 999 or go to your local A&E department.
- Samaritans. To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).
- SANEline. If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
- National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK. Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (6pm to midnight every day).
- Shout. If you would prefer not to talk but want some mental health support, you could text SHOUT to 85258. Shout offers a confidential 24/7 text service providing support if you are in crisis and need immediate help.
- Mind. Mind has a specific collection of resources focused on racism and mental health.
- via Amaliah, Muslim mental health services and organisations
- Jami mental health services for the Jewish community
- Switchboard. If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email email@example.com or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
If you live in England, you can call a local NHS urgent mental health helpline for support during a mental health crisis. Anyone can call these helplines, at any time.
Further reading which has helped us: 'What to do when you feel paralyzed by the news' - from Psychology Today