What is Mental Health?
Good mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realises their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to their community.
If you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
Mental health problems affect one in four people in any given year.
Who can I speak to if I have concerns about Mental Health?
How can I help someone else seek help?
Many people experiencing a mental health problem will speak to friends and family before they speak to a health professional.
Mind offers guidance on helping someone else to seek help if they are experiencing poor mental health.
Concerns about yourself
Seeking help is often the first step towards getting and staying well, but it can be hard to know how to start or where to turn to.
For many of us, our local GP practice is the first place we go when we’re unwell. Your doctor is also there to help you with your mental health.
The most important thing is to speak to someone you trust.
More information about seeking help for a mental health problem is available on the Mind website:
If you feel unable to keep yourself safe, it’s a mental health emergency.
Links to Further information
Who else can I speak to?
We have included some useful phone numbers below. If you or someone else is at immediate risk, you should contact the emergency services on 999.
Remember that, if you are struggling, the most important thing is to speak to someone.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58
London: 0808 802 58 58
Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19.
Rethink Mental Illness supplies expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them.
0300 5000 927
Lines are open 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday
Mind provides information on a range of topics including:
– types of mental health problems;
– where to get help;
– medication and alternative treatments;
They will look for details of help and support in your area.
0300 123 3393
Phone lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays)