Find mental health support this World Mental Health Day
Our mental health affects how we think, feel and act, as well as how we handle stress and make choices. This Saturday, 10 October, is World Mental Health Day, an opportunity to learn about the importance of looking after our mental health and the wide range of support available.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all differently, with some of us feeling worried or anxious about finances, health or those close to us, while some may feel isolated and lonely. It’s important to remember there's information, support and services to help you manage your mood and improve your wellbeing:
- Every Mind Matters is a free online NHS approved tool to discover simple steps to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
- Wheel of Well-being provides six simple steps you can incorporate into your day to improve your mood and reduce stress.
- First Steps booklet gives a range of advice, information and self-help techniques to help support emotional and mental wellbeing.
- Virtual Wellbeing Hub offers a range of sessions and online activities virtually from the comfort of your own home, including virtual coffee mornings and tailored exercise classes.
- Talking Therapies provides a choice of free NHS services offering the opportunity to talk to a qualified mental health specialist online, by phone or video about problems you may be experiencing, like stress, low mood, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
Our wellbeing advisors, Wellbeing Prescription, are also on hand to support East Surrey residents aged 18 or over, offering free, one to one health and wellbeing support and advice over the phone or by video call, on a range of issues, including mental health.
For more information, or to book an appointment, visit www.wellbeingprescription.org, or call our advisors on 01883 732787.
Anyone experiencing suicidal feelings, self-harming behaviour, extreme anxiety or panic attacks, can also get support from:
- Surrey Mental Health Crisis Helpline on 0800 915 4644, 24 hours, seven days a week. People with speech or hearing difficulties can access the service by Textphone on 18001 0800 915 4644 or SMS/text on 07717 989024.
- Safe Havens, which provides face to face and virtual out of hours help and support to people and their carers who are experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional distress.
More information on the support and services available to help your mental health can be found on Healthy Surrey’s Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing website.