One in four of us will experience some sort of mental health issue at some stage in our lives. We’ve got practical advice and support to help you cope with the challenges you’re facing, whatever you’re trying to cope with.
Your Emotional Health
Most of us manage our physical health far better than our emotional health, leaving issues and problems to cause real harm.
- Phobias: Phobias are particular fears that are out of proportion to real dangers.
- Stress: Stress can be defined as the way you feel when you're under abnormal pressure.
- Depression: Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.
- Eating disorders: 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are serious mental health problems more common in women than in men.
- Self-harm: Self-harm describes a wide range of things that people do to themselves in a deliberate and usually hidden way. In the vast majority of cases self-harm remains a secretive behaviour that can go on for a long time without being discovered.
- Suicidal feelings: Around 4,400 people end their own lives in England each year - that's one death every two hours - and at least 10 times that number attempt suicide.
- Vaginismus: a psychological condition that manifests itself in a powerful physical response
- Stigma and mental health: People with mental health problems say that the social stigma attached to mental ill health and the discrimination they experience can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover.
Mental Health Disorders
Read the facts on a range of common mental health conditions and disorders with summaries of their symptoms and treatments.
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Bipolar disorder
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Munchausen’s syndrome
- Personality disorder
- Postnatal depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Selective mutism
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
The skills and techniques you can use to help you cope and get you through.
- Happiness: Five tips designed to help you be happier, more in control and able to cope better with life's ups and downs.
- Bereavement: Losing a loved one is a devastating experience. Read about some of the feelings you may experience and how to cope with them.
- Low self-esteem: We all have times when we lack confidence and don’t feel good about ourselves. But when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives.
- Mindfulness: Paying more attention to the present moment - to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you - can improve your mental wellbeing.
- Anger management: Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. But managing anger can be a problem for many people who find it difficult to keep their anger under control.
- Managing stress: Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else.
- Relaxation techniques: Relaxation can help to relieve the symptoms of stress. It can help you calm down and take a step back from a stressful situation. Although the cause of the anxiety won’t disappear, you will probably feel more able to deal with it once you've released the tension in your body and cleared your thoughts.
There may be a time when your family and friends don’t have the expertise to help - and you might wonder where to turn next. There’s a wealth of professionals available to help with your problems or issues.
- Talking therapy: Talking therapies can help you work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): Cognitive behavioural therapy - commonly known as CBT - is a type of therapy that works by helping you to understand that your thoughts and actions can affect the way you feel.
- Solution-focused brief therapy: Solution-focussed brief therapy is based on the idea of building solutions rather than solving problems.
- Counselling: Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.
- Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions.
Understanding Prescription Drugs
At times, medication may be necessary to reduce the symptoms of a particular condition. To make informed choices, it’s very important to be aware of their usefulness and what side effects may occur.
- Antidepressants: Antidepressants are a type of medication used to treat clinical depression or prevent it recurring.
- Treating Psychosis: Treatment for psychosis involves a combination of antipsychotic medicines, psychological therapies and social support.
Useful Mental Health Contacts
The following organisations have been selected to provide information and other sources of support. Please note that the list is by no means exhaustive.
Rethink - Support and advice for everyone affected by severe mental illness.
- General Enquiries: 0121 522 7007
- Advice Service: 0300 5000 927
- Website: www.rethink.org
Samaritans - Provides 24-hour, confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing.
Sane - Offers information, crisis care and emotional support.
Mental Health Care - Comprehensive information about mental illnesses.
- Website: www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk
Mental Health Foundation - Uses research and practical projects to help people survive, recover from and avert mental health problems.
- Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Mind - Offers many services including helplines, drop-in centres, supported housing, counselling, befriending, advocacy, employment and training schemes.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health - Offers acessible information on NICE mental health guidelines.
- Website: www.nccmh.org.uk
Depression UK (D-UK) - A national self-help charity promoting mutual support between individuals affected by depression, through pen/phone friend schemes and newsletters with members' contributions.
Narcotics Anonymous - A self-help group running a network of meetings across England, Scotland and Wales.
- Helpline: 0300 999 1212 (10.00am - midnight)
- Website: www.ukna.org
Time to Change - England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.
Mental Health Forum - UK's largest mental health online forum.
- Website: www.mentalhealthforum.net
AWARE - Information, advice and support groups for those affected by depression throughout Northern Ireland.
- Tel: 028 9035 7820
- Helpline: 08451 20 29 61 (Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm)
- Website: www.aware-ni.org
Depression Alliance - UK’s leading depression charity, with a network of self-help groups.
Gofal - Provide a range of services to people with mental health problems, supporting their independence, recovery, health and wellbeing.
Disclaimer: All content within Women's Work (Derbyshire) Ltd Health & Wellbeing pages are provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Women's Work (Derbyshire) Ltd is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of the Women's Work (Derbyshire) Ltd Health & Wellbeing pages. Women's Work (Derbyshire) Ltd is not liable for the contents of any external internet sites listed, nor does it endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on any of the sites. Always consult your own GP if you're in any way concerned about your health.