Looking after your mental health
09 October 2020
Looking after your mental health.
Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and the theme this year, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is Mental Health for All.
Whatever you've been through this year, World Mental Health Day is a chance to make a positive change for your mental health. It’s completely normal to be worried, scared or helpless during difficult times, and feeling this way is nothing to be ashamed of. But sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you should never feel like you have to cope on your own, there’s plenty of help out there.
Urgent Mental Health Support
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse or deteriorates, this can be called a ‘mental health crisis’. In this situation, it is important to get help quickly. A free local helpline for urgent mental health support is available for all ages, including children and young people.
Please call 0800 145 6485 were a team of dedicated local staff will support you to access the help you need. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Local Mental Health Support – Talking Therapies
Talking Together Wirral is a free and confidential service, available to anyone aged 16+ who is registered with a GP in Wirral. Services include a range of talking therapies, advice, information and support, which can help you understand and work through your difficult feelings and develop strategies for coping better. For more information, or to complete a self-referral form, please visit https://www.insighthealthcare.org/our-services/talking-therapies/find-a-service/wirral/
Social Prescribers - Improving our lifestyles or taking control of a practical problem can be challenging, and sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. Social prescribing is a way of linking you to appropriate, non-clinical support in the community. You can access a social prescriber (sometimes called a link worker) via your GP. You'll be able to talk in confidence about what matters to you and what changes you'd like to make. Contact your GP practice for more information.
Other local health and wellbeing support Details of local mental health and wellbeing support available in Wirral can be found here.
Support for young people
MyMind - Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives. The ‘MyMind’ website is for young people, parents, and professionals working with children & young people. Here you can find a range of self-help resources, information on how to look after your mental health, how to access help and support in Wirral. Visit www.mymind.org.uk
National helplines, wellbeing, self-help and apps
Every Mind Matters – is a free online resource that can help you take simple steps to look after your mental health. It offers a range of resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support. It also has a free NHS-approved online tool the Every Mind Matters ‘Your Mind Plan’. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
NHS.UK – Visit the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice pages at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/ for help and support with stress, anxiety or depression. A mood self-assessment quiz and mental wellbeing audio guides are also available.
The CBT Resource have produced a free guide to managing stress and worry during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to download.
Mental Health Foundation – have some useful publications that can be downloaded for free including managing & reducing stress, fear & anxiety, mindfulness and sleep better – find out more at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications