Mental health and wellbeing

Around 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems every year. It is a widespread and common issue affecting people from all walks of life, and yet we often find it hard to talk about.

Everyone’s mental health fluctuates, we all have periods of low mood, stress and anxiety. But it becomes a mental health problem once this carries on over a long period of time, affecting the way you live and think, making it hard to cope at times. You don’t have to have hit rock bottom to require help, mental health is a spectrum and talking about it early on is important.

A mental health problem could include:

The Every Mind Matters website has some great tips and information on staying well, so if you're struggling, or you know someone who is, please visit it for advice. And remember, it is OK not to be OK.

This booklet looking after your mental wellbeing [PDF] provides useful information to help older people to look after their mental wellbeing. There is also a printable version of the booklet [PDF].

There is a variety of support available to help you maintain good mental health and wellbeing. The NHS Choices website has a range of information and advice on mental health including tips for good mental health. 

Other good sources of support include:

  • Samaritans - support and someone to talk to
  • Anxiety UK - information and support for sufferers
  • Its Good To Talk - details of counsellors and psychotherapists
  • Rethink - support for sufferers of severe mental illness and their carers
  • Sane - out of hours helpline providing support and information
  • Mind - information and materials on depression and manic depression. 

How to get support

If you are concerned about your mental health, or you are worried about the mental health of a relative or someone you care for, the first thing to do is speak to your GP. They will help you decide what support is needed. 

Our Nottinghamshire Help Yourself website provides information about useful support and organisations to help you.

We provide a range of support for people with a mental health issue to help them live as independently as possible. To receive support from us you will need to have a care and support assessment and be eligible for care. 

If you are eligible, our community mental health team will help develop a support plan to meet your needs.

If you are aged under 18 and need support with your emotional health and well-being , visit our NottAlone website

If you are a student, young person or young adult, this leaflet gives you information on how you can access services and support to help with your mental wellbeing, including support if you are experiencing self-harm or thoughts of suicide. 

The following films were developed by young people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire based on their experiences of with mental health:


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Mental health crisis helpline

0808 196 3779

The mental health crisis line is available to anyone who has concerns about their mental health or is in crisis at anytime, anywhere across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It’s open to people of all ages who need urgent mental health support. People calling the service will be supported to identify their current needs and will then be appropriately transferred to the best service for them.

The helpline website also includes useful information about a range of common mental health issues such as anxiety and low mood and how to promote feelings of wellbeing.

Crisis Sanctuaries

Nottinghamshire Crisis Sanctuaries provide mental health crisis support to local communities across the county.


World Health Organisation (WHO), The World Health report 2001 - Mental health: New understanding, new hope 

Mind – how to improve your mental wellbeing, July 2016


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