Mental health

Mental health and wellbeing

We all have mental health and it can impact on all areas of our lives – how we feel about ourselves and others, our relationships with people and our psychological and emotional development. It is just as important as our physical health and the two are essentially linked.  

Poor mental health can underlie unhealthy behaviours, including smoking, alcohol and drug use, lack of exercise and unhealthy eating.

Mental health problems are amongst the most common forms of ill health. They can affect any one of us, at any point in our lives. 

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 

Mental health is everyone's business. 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. 

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback, while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. 

Your mental health doesn't always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life. 

If you think you might be experiencing a mental health problem, contact your GP and if necessary, they can refer you to a more specialised mental health service.

Talking about your feelings

There's a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don't talk about them much. Many people don't even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it's healthy to know and say how you're feeling.

Become a Time to Change Champion.  Time to Change Champions are people with lived experience of mental health problems who campaign to end mental health discrimination in their communities. 

If you want to find out more about the Time to Change campaign in Blackpool and how you can get involved, we’re having weekly drop-ins on Mondays 4.00pm-5.00pm, at the Tower Coffee Company Coffee Shop (Bickerstaffe Square opposite the Train Station). 

These will run for 12 weeks from 13 November 2017.  Just pop-in and say hello. 

The five ways to wellbeing

The five ways to wellbeing are five key messages around improving your wellbeing that have been extensively researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation. 

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Learn
  • Give

Happier Lancashire

Happier Lancashire (#happierlancashire) is a movement that anyone living or working in Lancashire can sign up to, to learn about the five ways to wellbeing and help spread the message about mental wellbeing, with the aim of creating a Lancashire where mental wellbeing is valued and nurtured by all.

Happier Lancashire overview

Useful links:  

Healthy lifestyles service

Blackpool adult learning wellbeing courses

Types of mental health problems

Mental health - Live Well - NHS Choices 

Local mental health support groups

Horizon alcohol, drugs and sexual health support

Free counselling / talking therapy services

Telephone helplines

Lancashire Mental Health Helpline 0800 9154640 - Open Monday-Friday 7.00pm-11.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 12 midnight

National Telephone Helplines

Online support

National Self-harm Network  - http://www.nshn.co.uk/  

SANE  http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/supportforum/

Elefriends https://www.elefriends.org.uk/

Free online self-help tools

MoodGYM https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

OnTrack https://www.ontrack.org.au/web/ontrack/programs

Ecouch https://ecouch.anu.edu.au/new_users/welcome01

Living Life to the Full: http://www.llttf.com/

 

 

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