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We all have mental health. Sometimes our mental health is good and other times we may feel like we are struggling. Having good mental health can help us feel better, sleep better and support us in doing the things we want to do. It can also help us have more positive relationships with those around us.
Good mental health is the foundation for well-being and the effective functioning of individuals and communities. It impacts on how we feel, communicate and understand. It enables us to manage our lives successfully and live to our full potential. It can also help us have more positive relationships with those around us.
In Newcastle, we are committed to promoting good mental health, wellbeing, and early intervention. We want to become a healthier city, building resilience, promoting mental health across all ages, and challenging stigma. We aim to do this by working closely with our partners to:
- Target whole population approaches by addressing wider determinants and strengthening communities and social networks. (promoting evidence-based campaigns such as Five ways to wellbeing and Time to Change)
- Life course approaches focusing on children and young people, families, (e.g. Mental Health Support Team Trailblazer) people of working age (improving health through Better Health at Work) and older people (Dementia friendly city)
- Targeted prevention approaches for groups at higher risk such as those with suicidal behaviours (Newcastle Multiagency Suicide Prevention plan) or people with mental health problems in recovery
Below you can find a non-exhaustive list of places you can go for help or information:
- The Samaritans
If you need to talk to someone, the Samaritans are there when you need them. You can talk for as long as your like as many times as you like, confidentially and without any fear of judgement. You can contact the Samaritans by:
Telephone: 116 123.
- Staying Safe
Staying Safe offers resources for anyone distressed, thinking about suicide or worried about someone they care about. It has been developed by 4 Mental Health, with invaluable input from international academics, mental health practitioners, people who have survived suicidal thoughts and those personally affected by suicide through bereavement.
- Time to Change
Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
- Young Minds
Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Rethink offers a range of national mental health resources, from advocacy and carer support to crisis services.
- Your GP
If you experience symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression, your local GP can also help you.
A range of 23 mental health self-help guides are available in a range of formats. Topics include stress, anxiety, sleeping problems, depression, anger, panic, obsessions and compulsions.
Did you know?
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:
- Connect– connect with people around you i.e. family, friends or colleagues. Spend time developing relationships.
- Be active – take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity you enjoy and incorporate it into your life.
- Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and boost self-esteem. Join a course, learn a new still or rediscover an old hobby.
- Give to others – even if it is a smile or a kind word, volunteer in your local community.
- Be mindful – be aware of the present moment, including thoughts and feelings and the world around you.
So why not find out more 5 steps to mental wellbeing.