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)
Further information on mental health can be found on the following links