Mental health is just as important as physical health and needs to be cared for.
Mental health is a positive sense of well being, making us feel good about ourselves and others. It gives us the strength to:
- Cope with pressures and problems
- Cope with pain, disappointment and sadness
- Make and develop relationships
- Enjoy life
There are many positive actions you can do to benefit and improve your own mental health. These can include:
- Take time out for yourself to undertake an activity that you enjoy if you are feeling low
- Creative activities can help - cooking, writing, painting, gardening. They may also increase your confidence
- Physical activity can help - take up a new sport. There is lots of evidence to suggest physical activity can make you feel better. Regular exercise can help if you feel down or anxious as well as increase your energy
- Learn new skills – enrol in a course. Learning something new can increase your confidence, help you make friends and improve your employment prospects
- Go somewhere to meet new people - join a club or group where people with similar interests to yourself meet. This might help you feel less isolated
If the above seems a big step, take it in little steps, maybe meeting old friends and doing something fun and relaxing together.
Ask for help – talk to your friends or family. You may want to speak to your GP, nurse or other professional who will be able to help. If you think you have no one to talk to, support is available:
Mental Health Matters Helpline
Telephone - 0800 0857027 (available 5:00pm – 9:00am Monday to Friday and 24hrs weekends and Bank Holidays)
Counselling Directory [external link]
If you're in need of support, search their network to be connected with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist.