North Lincolnshire Council

Mental Health and Emotional Well-being

Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem.

Good mental health helps you to:

  • make the most of your potential
  • cope with life
  • play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.

Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened and usually those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.

In the same way as physical health, mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

At least one in four of us will experience mental health problem at some point in our life – often not diagnosed nor requiring specialist services and almost half of all adults will experience at least one episode of depression in their lifetime

Anxiety and depression are the most common problems, with around 1 in 10 people affected at any one time.

Anxiety and depression can be severe and long-lasting and have a big impact on people’s ability to get on with life.

Between one and two in every 100 people experience a severe mental illness, such as bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia, and have periods when they lose touch with reality. People affected may hear voices, see things no one else sees, hold unusual or irrational beliefs, feel unrealistically powerful, or read particular meanings into everyday events.

Although certain symptoms are common in specific mental health problems, no two people behave in exactly the same way when they are unwell.

Many people who live with a mental health problem or are developing one try to keep their feelings hidden because they are afraid of other people’s reactions. And many people feel troubled without having a diagnosed, or diagnosable, mental health problem – although that doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling to cope with daily life.

Looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health and the following links can offer support, practical advice and tips to achieve positive mental health.

North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service can also support you to improve your wellbeing, including your mental and emotional health. The Service can be accessed in numerous settings across North Lincolnshire.  To access the team of knowledgeable and friendly Healthy Lifestyle Facilitators and make an appointment to discuss how the Service can support you, please telephone 01724 298212 or email the Service: nlc.healthylifestyles@nhs.net

Do you need urgent mental health help now?

See your GP if:

  • you’ve been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks
  • your anxiety is affecting your daily life

If you want to talk to someone right away, the mental health helpline page has a list of organisations you can call for immediate help.

The Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for people who want to talk in confidence. Call 116 123 (free).

If you’ve had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, contact someone you can trust immediately, such as your GP, or a friend or relative.