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.
Find out more about the Time to Change campaign in Blackpool and how you can get involved.
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.
- Be Active
- Take Notice
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
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
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
National Self-harm Network - http://www.nshn.co.uk/
Free online self-help tools
Living Life to the Full: http://www.llttf.com/