When you are dealing with difficult, complex and stressful situations, it is even more important to try and take care of your physical and mental health, and maintain the resilience that coping with those issues might need.
For a mental health emergency visit A&E or call 999
A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a medical emergency. Examples of mental health emergencies include thinking you're at risk of taking your own life or seriously harming yourself and needing immediate medical attention. Call 999 if you or someone you know experiences an acute life-threatening medical or mental health emergency. You can go to A&E directly if you need immediate help and are worried about your safety. You may be close to acting on suicidal thoughts or have seriously harmed yourself.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis you
You can call NHS 111 if you or someone you know needs urgent care, but it's not life threatening. Examples include if you have an existing mental health problem and your symptoms get worse, if you experience a mental health problem for the first time, if someone has self-harmed but it does not appear to be life threatening, or they're talking about wanting to self-harm or if a person shows signs of possible dementia
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
This site breaks down how to approach each of these steps, with tips and links to further help.
Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and well being , because you need a healthy body as well as a healthy mind to cope with challenges
The site includes advice, support and help with:
- Eating well
- Healthy Weight
- Healthy Body
- Sleep & tiredness
- Quit Smoking
- Sexual Health
- Alcohol Support
NHS Mood Self Assessment Tool
When it comes to emotions, it can sometimes be hard to recognise or admit that we're not feeling 100%.
If you’re 16 or over, this mood self-assessment can:
- help you better understand how you've been feeling over the last 2 weeks
- point you in the right direction for helpful advice and information
It’s not meant to replace an appointment with a GP. If you’re struggling, it’s best to speak to someone.
For more information from the NHS about depression, anxiety and stress, go to the NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing pages
Apps that can help support good mental health and well-being
These apps are aimed at helping cope with stress and increasing well being and resilience, which can help when you are facing challenges or when you need to make changes to your lifestyle or habits.
Feeling Good: positive mindset
Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.
The Happiness Pulse is a short survey which measures wellbeing. You'll receive instant results which will help you to understand how you are doing and how to improve your happiness and wellbeing. It only takes a few minutes to complete.
Your answers are completely anonymous and can't be used to identify you personally.
Free app using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) & ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress.Includes:
- negative thinking patterns & methods to overcome them
- diary to keep track of your thoughts & feelings ,where you can rate feelings on a scale out of 10
- A positive and negative habit tracker.
- A catastrophe scale. Put your problems into a better perspective
NHS WellMind APP
WellMind is your free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing.
- My Wellbeing- Record and monitor your feelings to track your moods over time & remind yourself what you’re looking forward to, track your daily achievements, and log what you’re grateful for to encourage good mental health
- Help with… stress, depression and anxiety - Distract yourself when you’re feeling stressed or anxious & get handy health and wellbeing tips along the way
- Help in a Crisis: Access national helpline numbers & find tips on how to stay safe in a mental health crisis
- Relax - Unwind with relaxation audio tracks
Provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem provide a recovery focused well-being service and promote choice and control with a varied recovery focused program.
There is also support available nationally from Mind who provide information on a range of topics including:
- types of mental health problems
- where to get help
- medication and alternative treatments
Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays). Telephone: 0300 123 3393, Text: 86463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org