Life is full of twists and turns. CALM and SEAT are here for whatever your journey brings.
Your car takes you places. To work, to school, to dinner. To good times and tough times. To meet your oldest friends and your newest family. There’s ups and downs and the wrong turns. Sometimes we stall. And sometimes we need time to put the brakes on and take some time for ourselves.
This year has been like no other and that has made it tough for everyone. We’re all dealing with a way of life that can be draining for our mental health and means we can’t meet mates or family or do the things that help us get through the day.
We know it’s tough because we’re hearing from record numbers of you every day about the struggles you’re facing. Our life-saving services continue to be needed more than ever and this year we’ve answered over 130,000 calls and chats.
We want you to know that if you’re struggling, we will continue to be there for you, every day of the year. That’s why CALM and SEAT have teamed up to put you in the driving seat when it comes to helping yourself and others.
Talk to us
We’re here for you, whatever you’re going through, every day. No matter what.
This is a difficult time with a whole lot of unique pressures. If you’re struggling it’s always best to share what’s happening to you and get help. That’s why we’re here.
From loneliness to money worries or health anxieties, if things are getting on top of you, call us on 0800 58 58 58 or through our webchat. Our trained helpline workers are available from 5pm to midnight every day to provide practical support and advice, whatever you’re going through. We’ve also updated our Get Help pages with more information so you can access advice and support whenever you need it.
Look out for others
It’s really important for each and everyone of us to check in on the people around us.
Listen to what they’re saying, let them know you’re there for them, be available and trust your instincts – if you think someone is going through a tough time don’t stand back and don’t accept ‘I’m fine’ if you know they’re not.
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Ask open questions like, “how are you feeling?” to start a conversation. Show concern but don’t judge.
Let them speak. You don’t need to solve problems, they may just need to get stuff off their chest.
Help them make a plan of action and set some simple goals. Let them know what help is out there. Arrange your next meet up.
Build a network of support together, with other friends and family.
Make it an everyday conversation
Let’s normalise checking in on yourself and others.
You look after your physical health so why not your mental health too?
1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue each year – but 4 in 4 of us – everyone – has mental health. Anyone can hit tough points. We all go through difficult times in life and the feelings and emotions that come with that are something that unites us. Just like an MOT for your car, regular checks can make sure everything is OK. So let’s look out for ourselves and for others.
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