You Can’t See Mental Pain – Mim Shaikh
Broadcaster Mim Shaikh grew up with his mother suffering from severe mental health issues. It wasn’t until he went to school that he realised his family was different from others. However, today he feels this experience has helped him to become more sensitive and empathetic towards others going through mental pain. It’s also driven him in his creative career: he’s a spoken word artist, poet, broadcaster and actor. Mim says he has an impulse to create and to communicate with the world. For more real-life stories from those with mental health issues, or for ideas on how to improve your wellbeing,
However, it is often the point at which we can be overwhelmed, or struggle to contain our feelings; or perhaps we might experience new and distressing symptoms, such as hearing voices. It is not uncommon at a crisis point to feel that we might harm ourselves to cope, or that we are contemplating ending our life.
If you feel suicidal NOW, there are things you can do to access help. Most people who feel suicidal and access help are grateful they were able to talk to someone and not act on their thoughts.
Talk to a friend, a partner, a counsellor, or your GP, for example, and tell them clearly that you are at risk to yourself. People who are there to help you will not judge you or think you weak; rather, they will talk with you about the right sort of support you need to help you through the crisis period.
When to Act
It is important to talk to someone you trust, or seek help from a GP or a counsellor, if you have any suicidal feelings at any point. Getting the right support early can play an important part in preventing things from becoming worse.
However, it is important to act immediately if:
- You feel that your suicidal thoughts are immediate and/or beyond your control
- Your thoughts about suicide might inadvertently put others at risk
- You have already done something that might put your life at risk, e.g., overdosed
Call 999 and ask for immediate help, telling the emergency operator your name, date of birth, address, any actions you have already taken, and about your feelings of suicide. If you can safely get to an Accident and Emergency Department yourself, do so immediately.
You can also ring someone if you need to talk to someone now, or while you wait for help to arrive. Helplines can include:
Telephone: 116 123 (free line)
Telephone: 0800 068 41 41 (free line)