It can be an emotional roller coaster when a relationship ends, with feelings ranging from heartbreak to hatred, and everything in between.
Concerns over relationships, children, housing, money and debt means that family separation is hard for everyone and it is natural to feel worried, anxious or depressed. It is important to look after your mental well-being, so you can think clearly, make better decisions and look after those people who are around you.
Thankfully there are a lot of local options out there to support your emotional wellbeing.
Mental Health Support
A great place to start is with Release The Pressure. It is a 24-hour emotional wellbeing support service which is available by phoning 0800 107 0160 or texting the word Kent to 85258 (texts are free from most UK mobile networks) or visiting http://releasethepressure.uk. Trained and experienced teams are available day and night to give confidential support to anyone who is struggling for any reason and needs a bit of help and guidance. Support is provided by independent charities and is free to access for everyone on Kent and Medway.
Text ‘shout’ to 85258 to access a free, confidential, anonymous text support service. You can text from wherever you are in the UK.
If you need more detailed support you can find access to a range of options here.
If you know a child or young person who is struggling emotionally, you can find the right support for them here.
Young Minds have a useful online guide to supporting your child through divorce or separation which you can access here.
Mental health support can take many formats; a lot of it focuses on Talking Therapies. Family therapists: Talking Therapies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Guided Self-help, Counselling, Behavioural Activation, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). You can read more about Talking Therapies on the NHS website.