If you are reading this page, it may be because you are feeling low, anxious, or doing something to yourself that is hurting you. If this is the case, the best thing to do is to talk to somebody about it, anyone that you trust. In addition to this, it would then be wise to speak to your GP.
Depending on what is going on for you they will be able to advise you of how best to help yourself, and how to recieve support from others.
Evidence has found that there are 5 things you can try and do now to help yourself (have a look at NHS Choices on Stress, Anxiety and Depression for more details):
- Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
- Be Active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
- Keep Learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
- Give to Others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
- Take Notice – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness", and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
If you are a parent worried about your child's wellbeing, try and speak to them about it and let them know that you are available to listen. If your child is under 5, please speak to your health visitor about what it is that worries you.
CCHP services that may get involved:
- Health Visitors
- School Health Nurses
- Community Paediatrics
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Riverside Adolescent Unit
Most children and young people will find the support they need from one of our partner services, which includes mental health support and information service Off The Record or digital mental health care service Kooth.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) work closely with young people who have been referred to them and their families or carers. They work to understand their difficulties and how they can help reduce the impact these are having on their everyday life.
If you experience a life-threatening emergency related to your mental health, please visit your local emergency department or call for an ambulance.
For more information about a condition, please visit NHS Choices.