Look after your mental wellbeing

Content originally from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

We all need good mental health – it’s essential to living happy and healthy lives. It’s a real thing that needs to be taken care of just as much as our physical health. The change in seasons can be an especially difficult time for many people. Darker nights and a drop in temperature can affect how you feel. If you find the colder months hard on your mental health, it’s a good idea to think about simple ways you can help look after your health now.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website is a great place to start. From anxiety and insomnia to job and worries, there is a library of expert advice and practical tips to allow you to make simple changes that make a big difference. Get your own personalised Mind Plan by answering five quick questions here: Your Mind Plan Quiz. We have also produced a series of short videos with local mental health experts to support you with some common mental health conditions.

Top Tips To Help With

Worry and AnxietyMood and Depression
Stress and BurnoutSleep and Insomnia.

Urgent Mental Health Help

If you, a family member or friend are in crisis and need help, please dial NHS 111 and select the option for mental health crisis (option 2).

The 24-hour service, hosted by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), offers immediate and specialist support to adults experiencing mental health crisis.

You will be connected to trained staff at EPUT who can provide timely and appropriate support and advice.

The service is for people aged 18 and over and aims to ensure those in need of support can access it quickly when they need it most.

Anyone under the age of 18 or family members of anyone under the age of 18 in crisis, should call North East London NHS Foundation Trust’s (NELFT) Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service on 0300 555 1200

Talking Therapies 

If you are looking for some guided mental health support, then talking therapies may be for you. Talking therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), guided self-help and counselling. They are useful to help support common mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression. Which therapy you will be offered, depends on which one has been shown to be most helpful for your symptoms. You can refer yourself for talking therapy support, without the need to see your GP. However, you will need to be registered with a GP to get talking therapies on the NHS.

Click here for further information on your local talking therapies service.

Mental Health Support for under 18’s

There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy.

Visit the Every Mind Matters website for six top tips to support children and young people.

Kooth is an online support community for young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday) with a free, safe and secure means of accessing support from a professional team of qualified counsellors.

Young people can access this service anonymously by signing onto the Kooth website. https://www.kooth.com/

The site provides unique, out of office hours’ provision and is open 7 days per week, 365 days a year (from 12noon until 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends, with limited times on bank holidays).