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  Mental health

11 September 2014

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If something is troubling you and you need to talk to someone urgently, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90. You can call  24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
Mental health and wellbeing problems can affect any of us at any time in our lives. Maintaining good mental health and wellbeing is important because it influences how we think and feel about ourselves and others. It can also affect how we deal with everyday life events, such as relationships and coping with change. 

If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, contact your GP. Your GP can refer you to specialist services that are appropriate to your needs. If your GP surgery is closed you can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.


For more information on mental health, visit NHS Choices.


Twelve steps to good mental wellbeing

If you give these a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life.
4. Valuing yourself and others
5. Talking about your feelings
6. Keeping in touch with friends and loved ones
7. Caring for others
8. Getting involved and making a contribution
9. Learning new skills
10. Doing something creative
11. Taking a break
12. Asking for help

Books on prescription

If you are feeling anxious or depressed, books can help. Reading Well Books on Prescription is a national scheme where health professionals recommend 30 self-help books which are all available from Essex Libraries. 

Further information