We all have mental health and it’s just as important as our physical health. Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you’re in good mental health, you can:
- Make the most of your potential
- Cope with life
- Play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.
There are five simple things we can do to take care of ourselves and promote our wellbeing, whether we have a diagnosed mental health problem or not. These are:
- Social interaction – connecting with or keeping in contact with the people around you and developing these relationships. This includes with your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
- Being active – Any kind of regular exercise, whether walking, riding a bike or playing a team sport. If you can develop a hobby or take up a sport or other activity then it will improve your physical health and thereby your mental health and it will give you a focus.
- Learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. This could be anything you like, whether musical, mechanical, artistic.
- Giving – 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.
- Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.
We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. Find out more information about types of mental health problems.
Self-help, online and helplines
- Mind is a national charity providing information and advice. They also have a supportive online community called Elefriends for people over 18.
- Samaritans 116 123 (free to call 24 hours a day)
- Young Minds is the UK’s leading mental health charity for children and young people. Young Minds Parent Helpline 0808 802 5544; www.youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents
- Childline – you can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in. Call 0800 1111 (free to call 24 hours a day) or 1-2-1 counsellor chat online www.childline.org.uk/get-support/
- Papyrus HOPELineUK – for young people who may be having thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned about a young person. Call 0800 068 41 41 (10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays)
- NHS Moodzone includes information about self-help techniques and resources including Reading Well Books on Prescription, a collection of books you can borrow from your local library
- Mental Health & Money Advice - helping you understand, manage and improve your mental health and money issues.
- MindEd for families is a free online NHS resource providing advice and support you can trust. Is your child in crisis? Are you worried about them? Perhaps you just want some parenting tips. This site will help you understand and support your child.
- MindEd for volunteers and professionals is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for volunteers and professionals. This is for you if you volunteer, work or are studying to work with infants, children or teenagers. MindEd has e-learning applicable across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings. It is aimed at anyone from beginner through to specialist.
GPs are there to help you with any problem related to your mental health as well as physical health. They can refer you to a broad range of services, depending on your need.
If you feel in need of immediate help and are in distress or crisis, contact your GP in the first instance. If you cannot contact your GP, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours service on 111 (free to call, 24 hours).
If you need to talk things through you can contact:
In an emergency phone 999.
Hampshire Youth Access
Hampshire Youth Access (HYA) is a partnership of 12 leading agencies providing counselling, information, advice, and support to children and young people aged 5-17 across Hampshire. They also give advice and information to anyone concerned about a child or young person’s emotional wellbeing. To get in touch call 02382 147 755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm, open Saturday from 10am to 1:30pm.
Hampshire CAMHS Service
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are made up of specialist teams offering assessment and treatment to children and young people up to age 18 who have emotional, behavioural or mental health problems. You can talk to a GP, teacher or social worker about getting an appointment with them if you think you need specialist support. You can also approach CAHMS yourself by calling 0300 304 0050. Their trained mental health staff will talk to you about the issues you are having and how they, or one of their partner organisations, may be able to help. Full details and a referral form available on their website.
Open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
The Hampshire Specialist Parenting Support Service
The service provides parenting programmes for parents/carers who have children aged 5-17 that meet any one of the following criteria
• Are diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) or
• Are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or
• Are displaying troubling or challenging behaviours associated with mild-moderate conduct disorder or
• Are teenagers displaying anti-social behaviour including child to parent violence
The service accepts referrals from professionals or self-referral from parents/carers of children who meet the criteria. For more details or to discuss making a referral call 01489 799178 or email email@example.com.
If you feel at risk of harming yourself or others, are experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional distress, and you live in the North East Hampshire & Farnham area:
- Call the Mental Health Crisis Helpline on 0300 456 83 42 and speak to someone trained to help you manage your distress and keep you safe. Available evenings (5.00pm – 9.00am), with 24h cover at weekends and bank holidays.
- Adults can visit a ‘Safe Haven’, an out of hours drop-in service for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or their carer. Safe Havens are available at Aldershot, Guildford and Woking. Information about locations and opening times can be found here.
- Adults can visit The Oasis, a drop in only service for people in mental health crisis or the prevention of a mental health crisis. The service also offers support with drug and alcohol issues. At Just Wellbeing, 86 Cove Road, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 0EU. Open 6.30 - 9.30pm seven days a week including bank holidays.
- Young people aged 10 to 17 can visit The Young Persons Safe Haven, Hillside Road, Aldershot. Open between 6.30pm and 8.30pm from Tuesday to Friday and the same time on Sunday. No appointment is needed. A free helpline is also available within these hours: 0800 061 4132.