Event date: 26/04/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
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Good mental health is about feeling well in your own mind. Some people call mental health 'emotional health' or 'emotional well-being' and it's just as important as good physical health.
If you're in good mental health, you can:
Our mental health can change over time. This can be because of life events which cause distress or unhappiness, or it can happen with no apparent cause. These changes can lead to mental health difficulties or illness.
Mental health difficulties are very common and affect one in four of us at some point in our lives. In spite of this people experiencing them may feel afraid that no one will understand them, that the problem is 'all in their head', and that they won't be taken seriously, or that what they are experiencing is unusual and out of the ordinary. Quite the reverse is true - lots of people around us are experiencing similar problems, and mental health difficulties are nothing to be ashamed of.
A mental health difficulty, such as consistently feeling sad or angry, which goes on for a long time, or has a serious effect on your life, is often termed a mental illness.
A diagnosis of mental illness is usually made by a doctor, who may suggest a number of treatments such as medication, counselling or therapy. In many cases these treatments can be very effective and help you get back to a state of good mental health.
There are a large number of recognised mental health conditions that doctors can diagnose and treat. Many of them are described in this section of the website - see the menu on the left of your screen.
If you have concerns about your mental health, speak to your GP. They will ask you questions about your mood and any strange or negative thoughts or feelings you may have been experiencing, to help to understand what is wrong and make a diagnosis. If necessary they will refer you on for more specialist support.
Mind is the UK's largest mental health charity. It provides information and advice to people with mental health problems, and aims to ensure that no-one with a mental health problem has to face that problem alone.Your local branch of Mind can put you in touch with a range of support groups that may be able to help you.
And Mind also host the Elefriends online forum - Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it's like to struggle sometimes, and this is a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you're feeling good right now, or really low, it's a safe place to share experiences and listen to others.
The Rethink website provides all kinds of useful information on living with a mental health problem.
Time to Change are working to challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. Their website includes blogs by people who live with a mental health illness.
If you're worried about your mental health, or find yourself feeling desperate or alone, and need to speak to someone urgently, you can call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 where trained volunteers will talk to you about your concerns.
The Easy Health website has gathered together various videos and easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about various aspects mental health and mental health care.
If you live in Westminster then the Go 4 website, developed by local residents with mental health problems, offers useful information about the local mental health services in your area as well as information about other community activities in Westminster which you may want to take part in.