Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. There is often a large stigma associated with mental health, however it is nothing to be ashamed about – one in four people in the UK have a mental health ‘problem’ at some point in their lives; which can affect their daily life, relationships or physical health.
Useful online resources to find out more about mental health include:
- Mind (infoline 0300 123 3393) is a mental health charity that ensures anyone with a mental health problem has someone to turn to
- Sane (helpline 0845 767 8000) provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness
- Rethink (helpline 0300 5000 927) provide practical advice and information
- NHS Choices
- Mental health awareness charities and campaigns such as Time to Change, Rethink, Stamp out Stigma and the Mental Health Foundation.
There are a variety of organisations that can provide support to people with mental health problems in St Helens – these include local NHS services, charities and voluntary groups. Services and treatments available may include:
- peer support groups
- social prescribing (non-mendical sources of support)
- self-help e.g. books on prescription
- advanced therapies (such as psychotherapy)
Have a look around the mental health section of this site, and some of the related FAQs below, for further information about services that are available for people in St Helens with mental health problems.