Good mental health
Mental health problems can affect people at any time of life and
in different ways. In fact, a quarter of us will have problems with
our mental wellbeing at some time in our lives.
If you're worried about your mental health, or if someone in
your life is affected, there are plenty of ways to get help.
If you’re feeling depressed or think you might need help with a
mental health problem you should first speak to your GP (doctor).
Not only will your GP be familiar with your medical history, they
will be able to discuss which therapies and treatments are
available to you. Don’t feel worried about going: your GP is there
to help with your mental as well as your physical health.
If anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress or obsessive
compulsive disorder are starting to interfere with your life,
there’s an initiative to help you. Known as IAPT (Improving Access
to Psychological Therapies) the service focuses on practical
techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to improve your
day to day life. Your GP can refer you to the IAPT service. You
will then be assessed and offered the right support for your
Mental Health Matters
For confidential telephone support call 0800 107 0160 (available 24
hours a day, 7 days a week).
Books can help - how your local library can help you with your
Ideas, resources and information on improving your wellbeing and on
what to do if you need more help.
Live it Well
Local people's experiences, local resources, and practical
Big white wall
A social networking site where people can discuss their feelings
with others, safely, openly and anonymously.
Adult social services can
provide support and advice.
The NHS Choices website has links to lots of
useful resources, including: