Mental health and wellbeing
All of us, children, young people and adults have mental health and it is important to look after it, like we would any other part of our body. If you are having mental health problems though, you're not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives; but there are lots of things that you can do to keep your mind healthy and well.
The Five ways to Wellbeing are things you can do that can help you feel more positive about how you feel about and live your life. Feeling positive helps you cope with the times when you are feeling low or have had some bad experiences.
- Connect - with the people around you and make time for family and friends.
- Be active - go for a run, take the dog for a walk, play 5-a-side, cycle to work or sign up for a dance class... Whatever it is, make sure it is something you enjoy.
- Take notice - be aware of the world around you and how you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
- Keep learning - whether it's learning how to cook your favourite food, a new language or taking up a new sport or hobby, it's all good for our mind!
- Give - do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time; it can be incredibly rewarding. To find out ways that you can volunteer and get rewarded for your time in Cambridgeshire visit timebanking
Why look after our mental health?
People may feel stressed, anxious, low and experience negative thoughts, often as a reaction to negative circumstances or events. We all feel like that now and then but it's when these thoughts and feelings become so frequent and/or severe that they significantly disrupt our ability to cope with life on a daily basis, such as negatively affecting our relationships, work, sleep and quality of life, that they can become mental health problems. If this happens then it is important to get help from friends, family or professionals such as a GP or a specially trained person. It's important to remember that, with the right advice, guidance and information, people who experience problems are often able to make a full recovery.
Some people experience feelings that are making them unwell, and are helped by talking to someone. If you or someone you know, is thinking of hurting themselves, has made threats to hurt you or someone else, and is feeling distress that seems overwhelming or suicide seems the only option: there are many organisations that can help with these feelings.
For all the information on who to speak to visit http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/mental-health-crisis.htm or call 111 and select option 2.
The following links will take you to more information about the support you can get for improving your mental health. They include information about where you can get support along with interactive tools and videos to help you deal with your emotions, stress and anxiety.
The referral options to organisations to support your recovery from mental health problems are available from your GP.
Local sources of information and support
Find information about what is available in your local area in Cambridgeshire.
Keep Your Head website - support for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Information on money advice matters, often a cause of stress.