Mental health and wellbeing
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health, and that means taking steps to keep well but also knowing when and how to seek help.
If you or someone else needs urgent help for a mental health issue, phone Mental Health Direct on 0300 555 1000 (24/7, 365 days a year).
Help is also available from NHS 111 and the Samaritans on 116 123.
Mental wellbeing means feeling good about yourself and the world around you. The NHS recommends that taking the following five steps can help in staying well
- Connect and develop relationships with people around you, as building strong social connections can help us feel happier and more secure and give us a sense of purpose
- Be active – find an activity that you enjoy and make it part of your life
- Keep learning and gain new skills
- Give to others – whether with a small gesture such as a smile or kind word or by volunteering
- Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, and thoughts and feelings
There are simple things that we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing.
Take the new Public Health England and NHS quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips.
Your Mind plan helps you build a practical plan that you can use to help maintain and improve your mental health.
Once you have taken the quiz you can find information about activities and events taking place in Havering on our website to help improve your health and wellbeing.
Where to get help
If you are having problems with mental health, then you are not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.
Talking Therapies is a free, confidential professional NHS service for people aged 18 years or over.
The service provides access to expert advice and techniques to help address problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and relationship problems, and help for people experiencing panic attacks, work and money worries, sleeping problems, phobias, and much more.
You can easily self-refer by calling 0300 300 1554 (Option 2) or www.mytalkingtherapies.org.uk to book an appointment for an initial assessment.
Alternatively, speak to your GP about mental health services and support, or contact the Council’s Adult Social Care team on 01708 432000.
If you have a mental health problem which means you need help and support to live in your own home independently, then the family services directory will help you to find the right services and support groups.
If you have additional problems with your health (in addition to a mental health problem), then do speak to your GP for advice, who may refer you into another health service.
Young people and mental health
It’s never too early to start talking to children and young people about mental health.
You could find opportunities to talk while on a journey, walking the dog or cooking. Havering Mind runs training for parents who want to learn more about the common issues that young people face and how to support them. Find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are worried about a young person, speak to their GP or school nurse.
You can also get advice and support from MindEd for Families or from the Young Minds Parents Helpline on 0808 802 5544.
The term ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that include loss of concentration and memory problems, mood and behaviour changes and problems with communicating and reasoning.
These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, a series of small strokes or other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
If you or someone you know is worried about dementia, then speak to your GP.
They may be able to reassure you that you don’t have dementia. But if you do, then an early diagnosis may help you to get the right treatment and support in good time.
If you, or someone you care for, is living with dementia, then the the family services directory will help you to find the many local services and activities that could help, or contact the Council’s Adult Social Care team on 01708 432000.
More useful information
Support for people bereaved or affected by suicide
If you have been bereaved or affected by suicide, or know somebody else who has, it can be difficult to know where to go for help.
Havering Council has worked with Barking and Dagenham, and Redbridge, to bring together in one place some information that we hope will make it easier for you to find what support is out there.
You can also talk to your GP who will be able to refer you to services that can support you.
Suicide prevention training
Many suicides are preventable. If you want to know what to say or what to do when you suspect someone may be at risk of harming themselves, then follow the information in our prevention guide to find out what training is available, including free online training by the Suicide Prevention Alliance.
Our suicide prevention strategy
Providing the information above are two of the actions that we said we would deliver as part of our Suicide Prevention Strategy.
The Havering Joint Dementia Strategy 2017-20, aims to raise the profile and importance of dementia care and support, and to build on the progress that has made in improving the lives of those with dementia in Havering.
Dementia Action Alliance
Organisations and companies in Havering can sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance, which supports businesses to make local areas better places for people living with dementia.
Become a Dementia Friend
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.