When you experience problems with your mental health, you expect to be provided with the care and support that you need to help you get well again. The unfortunate truth is, that isn’t always the case. The mental health services in this country are chronically underfunded and patients are suffering as a result. Whether it is because physical injuries and illnesses are easier to see, or whether people doubt that mental health issues are as serious as doctors tell us, there is a problem somewhere. While that situation should be resolved, it will take time. That means that if you are struggling with mental health problems right now, you need to do all that you can on your own to supplement the limited care that the health services can give you.

Go Private

This isn’t an option for everybody, but if you can afford it, go private. The waiting lists for seeing a mental health professional are going to be long, in some cases, people have reported waiting up to a year for an initial appointment. If you have a severe mental health problem, it can be incredibly dangerous for you to wait that long. If you can pay for private sessions, you will be able to see somebody sooner. There are also online doctor and pharmacy services that you can use to get some quick basic feedback about what your diagnosis might be and where to go from here. You can also get your medication from them if you need it. Private healthcare isn’t affordable for everybody, but if it’s available to you, it’s your best chance of getting some help.

Speak To Family And Friends

While they aren’t professionals, speaking with somebody is always beneficial. When you see a counsellor, they will talk you through your problems and try to work out the root cause, and therefore a solution to them. Your family and friends won’t be able to give you that professional treatment, but one of the things that make mental health problems worse, or even causes them in the first place is bottling up your problems until they escalate. Having the support of your family is a great way to make sure that things don’t get worse and even to gain a bit of perspective about your issues.


This cannot be stressed enough. Most doctors agree that exercise is more effective than any tablets when it comes to fighting the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It’s also brilliant as a preventative measure. If you’re struggling, try to get a little bit of aerobic exercise every single day. You’d be surprised at just how much difference it can make. Exercising every day also gives you more focus and drive which is an effective way to break the cycle of mental health problems.

It shouldn’t fall to you to make yourself better on your own, but unfortunately, it sometimes does. Hopefully, that will change in the future but until it does, use these methods to keep yourself in check.

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  1. Honestly, these points are the only things that get me through my crap mental health episodes, going private is so quick and easy although like you said, not everyone can do that so I feel awfully lucky to have the privilege! Joining a gym and walking my dog every day (even just around the block on really bad days) did absolutely wonders for lifting my mood and being more honest about how I was really feeling to myself and to people around me has helped so, so much. And it helps you not to feel so ashamed of feeling the way you do when people can relate!
    Alice Xx

    1. Lolamia

      I know I really wish I could go private as the wait has been soooooo long! However, for now I workout in the mornings and eat healthy foods and that really helps! x

  2. It’s so sad to hear but it’s true, mental illness just don’t get the same treatment as physical! Talking and Exercising are the two main things for me, and they help more than I ever thought possible! xox

    1. Lolamia

      I know it is a shame we are seeing the demise of our dear NHS! Yes I find workouts the best! x

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