If you find yourself feeling low, tearful, angry or unable to cope for a long period of time, you may be suffering from stress, anxiety or depression. Find out about the support available.
Advice and support
If you feel your mental health is suffering and you are struggling to deal with everyday situations it may be worth talking to your GP, family or friends.
Open Mind is a service that provides talking therapies for what are known as mild to moderate, common mental health problems.
Help and advice can also be found at LAMP; MIND; Health for Teens and Time to Change. There are also a range of NHS-endorsed digital applications that can help treat depression and anxiety and improve access to psychological therapies.
Time to change
We are campaigning to change attitudes and end stigma associated with mental health issues. We are also granting funds to community programmes that help raise awareness of mental health issues as part of Time to Change.
The five steps to wellbeing
There are five steps you can take to help protect your mental health:
Connecting with others and building relationships helps us to feel good about ourselves. Spending time with the people we love and care for give us a sense of belonging and self-worth.
We can share our experiences, get emotional support and offer support in return. Research also suggests that spending time with someone who has strong mental wellbeing can also improve your own mental wellbeing.
2) Be active
Exercise makes us feel good and being active is important for both our physical and mental health. You don't just have to go to a gym or stick to a vigorous exercise routine as there are plenty of ways to build activity into your normal routine.
- Walk or cycle to work, or if you use public transport get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
- Take the stairs rather than using the lift
- Have a go at one of NHS Choices programmes like Couch to 5k, Strength and Flex or the 12 week plan
- Try a new sport or fitness activity at our sports and leisure centres
3) Keep learning
Learning something new or developing existing skills is a great way to improve your mental health and wellbeing. You can spend time doing something you enjoy or find something that challenges you and widen your social networks if you want to join in group classes or activities.
The Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service have a variety of courses covering almost everything from arts and crafts through to languages, sports and horticulture. Learning doesn’t have to be formal or class based. Why not try doing a crossword, reading a book or visiting a gallery or museum?
4) Give to others
Giving to others and small acts of kindness can improve your mental wellbeing. Whether it’s a simple smile to someone as you pass them in the street or spending some time volunteering in the community, giving can make you feel happier and more satisfied with your life.
5) Take notice
Every day we go about our lives but rarely stop to take notice of the world around us. We often function on ‘autopilot’ or get wrapped up in how busy we are but taking some time to be aware of the world, focus on our feelings and reflect on our experiences can help boost our wellbeing.