General Mental Health

Introduction

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affect how we think, feel and act and also helps to determine how we think, feel and act. Looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health. There are many benefits to good mental health:

  • Improved sleep
  • Enable you to do the things you would like to
  • Help you have more positive relationships with those around you
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Reduced risk of depression
  • Sense of purpose
  • Contentment

Looking after your mental health

There are proactive steps to help look after your mental health:

  • Talk to someone about your feelings, interacting with others fulfills a basic need
  • Keeping active – this can be joining an exercise class, going for a walk or getting off the bus one stop earlier
  • Eat well and drink sensibly
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Take time to see friends and socialise and enjoy hobbies

Mental health treatments

It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the last week experienced a common mental health problem (Mental Health Foundation). There are some indications that you may be experiencing a mental health problem:

  • Long lasting sadness or irritability
  • Extremely high and low moods
  • Excessive, fear, worry or anxiety
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits

If you notice any changes in your mental health, in the first instance, it is advisable to make an appointment with your GP. They will be able to refer you a specialist if necessary and signpost you to resources that can help.

Find a clinician for help with general mental health

In order to see one of our clinicians, patients first need to obtain a GP referral.

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