We all have mental health. But just like our physical health, it goes up and down, directly affecting our overall wellbeing, quality of life and life expectancy. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, mental health issues can affect any one of us. This means that most people in England know someone with mental health problems or have personally experienced them.
There are several national and local charities, groups and organisations that can help you when you need support:
- Mind (Herefordshire Mind and Springfield Mind) - provides confidential mental health information services.
- Mental Health Foundation
- NHS Mental Health Resources
- Every Mind Matters - Supporting people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
- Now We're Talking - Campaign set out to reduce stigma and encourage more local people to access the Healthy Minds Service to get the support if and when they need it.
- Samaritans - Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.
- Rethink Mental Illness - Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff.
- Shout - The UK's first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and you need immediate help.