The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO's definition of health as contained in its constitution: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
Mental health needs can happen to anyone and can last a short-time or be longer term. Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions.
You can help keep yourself in good mental health by:
(Source: Mental Health Foundation)
For a complete A-Z guide on mental health problems please visit: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/?view=Standard
If you have any concerns about your mental health, speak to your GP or local mental health service. Use Find A Service to find one near you.
Who to contact if you need urgent support If you feel like harming or hurting yourself or other people:
For non-emergency situations:
Mental health services:
If you are already receiving support from mental health services you should have a care plan. This will include details of who you should contact in a crisis. If you can't find your care plan:
During the day:
Contact your Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) and ask for your care co-ordinator or the person on duty.
During evenings, weekends or bank holidays:
Call your local crisis team.
If you would like to offload or talk to someone about your problems, then you may find an emotional support line useful. Some to try are:
Offering emotional support 24 hours a day
Tel: 08457 90 90 90
Offering specialist mental health emotional support 6-11pm everyday. Tel: 0845 767 8000
You can also email through their website: http://www.sane.org.uk/