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:
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
- Depression Alliance - information and support for sufferers and carers
- 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.
World Health Organisation (WHO), The World Health report 2001 - Mental health: New understanding, new hope