Mental and emotional wellbeing
We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell.
Mental health problems might actually be more common than you think. One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year. The effects are as real as a broken arm, even though there isn’t a sling or plaster cast to show for it.
Connect – with your family friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home school work and in your local community. These connections can become the foundation of your life and will help to support and improve you.
Be active – exercise makes you feel good. Discover a physical activity you enjoy, that suits you and make it part of your life. Go for a walk, a run, get on your bike or play a game with the kids. Actively change the way you think and be kind to yourself.
Take notice – be curious and more aware of the present moment. Notice your feelings and thoughts and the world around you. Taking time to reflect on your experiences will help you to appreciate what matters.
Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Try something new or rediscover an old interest. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook a certain meal. Set yourself a challenge you will enjoy achieving.
Give – do something nice for someone. Even the smallest act can count, a smile or a kind word or larger acts such as volunteering your time. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be very rewarding and can help to increase connections with other people. Don’t forget to give yourself time to relax, recharge the batteries and do things that keep you well.
Citizens Advice Bureau – We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers – 03444 111 444
Open Minds – Open Minds provides care and support for people age 16+ who are experiencing common mental health problems, such as stress, depression and anxiety – 01472 625100
Navigo Crisis Number – The Crisis Home Treatment Service provides an open referral system where people can self-refer via the Single Point of Access – 01472 252360
Medical Emergency – 999 or 111 for urgent medical help or advice in a non-life threatening situation.
Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline – If you have concerns about dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline can provide information, support, advice and signposting to other appropriate organisations – 0300 222 1122
ChildLine – Support, information and advice for children on any topic they want to talk about – bullying, gangs, puberty, sexual abuse, alcohol, drugs, or anything else that worries them.
Cruse Day by Day – Help and support for people who are bereaved. Also offers a special line for young people on 0808 808 1677/0844 477 9400
Domestic Violence Helpline – National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline for those who require an urgent response or need in-depth support. The helpline is run by Women’s Aid and Refuge – 0808 2000 247
Mind Info Line – Mind’s helpline gives confidential advice and help for people with mental health problems
0845 766 0163
Shelter – Free housing advice from the homelessness and housing charity.
0808 800 4444
Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It’s usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.
Sometimes when people self-harm, they feel on some level that they intend to die. Over half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm.
However, the intention is more often to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. Sometimes the reason is a mixture of both.
Self-harm can also be a cry for help.
For information on self-harm view the NHS website.
Binge eating is an eating disorder where a person feels compelled to overeat on a regular basis through regular binges.
People who binge eat consume very large quantities of food over a short period of time, even when they are not hungry.
Anyone can be affected by binge eating.
For information and support regarding binge eating visit the NHS website.
A panic attack is a rush of intense anxiety and physical symptoms.
They can be frightening and happen suddenly, often for no clear reason.
For information on the signs of a panic attack, causes and advice visit the NHS website.
Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. It makes us able to deal with life’s ups and downs better. But when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives.
For information and advice on low self-esteem visit the NHS website.
NSPCC – if you are concerned about the welfare of a child
Samaritans – Available any time if you want to talk things through
Age UK – Information and advice on topics affecting older people
Alcoholics Anonymous – Chance to talk to someone who knows the issues through personal experience
Frank – Confidential and friendly advice about drugs
Navigo – Mental health services in North East Lincolnshire