What are my other options?

If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide please reach out to one of the following amazing organisations. They hear from thousands of people each day experiencing mental health issues and can offer guidance and support. Our volunteers are wonderful, empathetic and knowledgable people, but they are not health professionals.

crisis point Charities

Calm

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Join the campaign to take a stand against male suicide and get the tools you need for action.

Samaritans

Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don't have to be suicidal to call us.

Mind

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
A good counsellor and/or therapist will make you feel safe and supported, you will want to share things with them and they will HELP.
However, counselling is not for everyone and as we're MY BLACK DOG, we're a little different! SO... please find a sprinkling of the unusual and a dash of the obscure here are well.

Remember, you don't have to do anything that doesn't feel right, do what you feel works for you.There are some great people on here  (London based while we expand MY BLACK DOG).I've made it  my mission to root around the big smoke and sniff out the best of them, like a pig snuffling for truffles!
CUBAN BOXING ACADEMY Need to let off some serious steam? Cuban boxing is no joke, these guys push you hard!
We are a local boxing club based in Shepherd’s Bush. We offer high-quality training for people with all levels of fitness or experience. Whether you are looking to improve your health and fitness, learn a new sport or develop your skills as an established boxer, Cuban Boxing Academy is here for you. As a well-established part of the community, we aren’t just here to train boxers but to support all those that walk through our doors. We work with local schools and young people to provide a safe environment for those in our community.
JOE EASTON of EASTON LONDON
Need some grooming from someone you can talk to? Joe's your man. He's a master styler that can advise you how to look and feel your best. You'll get grooming advice together with classic and contemporary gents haircuts to traditional luxury wet shaves, beard trimming and styling. Joe also happens to be an excellent listener. His studio is really private, it'll just be the two of you, so it's a good place to have a chat, or not, no pressure. Either way, you'll get a discount if you mention MY BLACK DOG. He's a cool cat, definitely worth a visit.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY with SAFA BOGA
My journey into therapeutic body work began in India, the home of my ancestors and of ancient healing wisdom. Whilst studying counselling in London I experienced my first craniosacral therapy session. In one session I had not only resolved a lifetime of bruxism but had a deep felt understanding of how I had created that particular holding pattern of tension. I was drawn to the transformative, deeply interpersonal and natural way of working and in 2018 began my post graduate diploma at the College of Craniosacral Therapy (CCST). Using gentle touch and attunement to your body and energy system I work alongside you to explore and resolve the root cause of issues that are presenting themselves either emotionally, physically or mentally.
NICOLE WILLIAMS - PERSONAL TRAINER
Nicola Michaels is a qualified Personal Trainer working in North London, she can train you 1:1 or with a small group of friends. In her own words: "My passion has always been martial arts and nutrition, I love making my workouts fun and effective! " Nicole is also the only woman in the UK black belt in Shidokan, a triathlon of martial arts, which might be one of the coolest things I've ever heard. Contact here.

therapists and alternatives