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 ‘wellbeing’. It’s just as important as good physical health.
Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down, stressed or frightened. Usually those feelings pass. However, sometimes they develop into a more serious problem 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. 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 one in 10 people affected at any one time.
Anxiety and depression can be severe and long-lasting. They can 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. The following links can offer support, practical advice and tips to achieve positive mental health.
- Mental Health Foundation – Looking after your mental health
- NHS Choices: Moodzone – Tips and advice to boost mental health
- Gov.uk – Five ways to mental wellbeing
North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service
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 make an appointment with our friendly team, please telephone 01724 298212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessing NHS mental health services in North Lincolnshire (IAPT)
You can access a range of self-help, online and face-to-face mental health support via the NHS. You don’t necessarily need to visit your GP first. Visit the RDaSH (Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust website for details.
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 national organisations you can call for immediate help.
Local support is also available from RDaSH (Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust) mental health teams. Visit their adult mental health services page for contact details.
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).