Mental health and wellbeing
Mental wellbeing can take many different forms, but a useful description is 'feeling good and functioning well'.
If you're feeling stressed, anxious, sad, lonely, depressed or perhaps you're not sure how you're feeling, take the NHS mood self-assessment, which is designed for those aged 16 and over.
You can also take the One You Every Mind Matters quiz to get a free personalised plan, which can help you feel more in control, deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood and improve your sleep.
Winning ways to wellbeing
There are five steps we can all take to help improve our mental wellbeing:
Step 1: Take notice
Enjoy the moment: Walk a different route to work or visit somewhere new (visit our things to do section for ideas)
Step 2: Connect
Talk and listen: Ask how a friend is or call instead of texting (find local social groups on our service directory)
Step 3: Be active
Improve your physical wellbeing: Go for a walk or take the stairs (visit our being active page and things to do section or Change4Life for ideas to get more active)
Step 4: Give
Your time to others: Volunteer in the community or simply say thank you (visit our volunteering page for ideas and information)
Step 5: Keep learning
Enhance your self-esteem: Sign up for a class or read a book (visit our learning, work and volunteering section for additional inspiration)
Please feel free to download and display our winning ways to wellbeing poster.
Hereford Men's Mental Health Group (HMMH) is a peer support group for men with, at risk of, or recovering from mental ill health. The group meet once a month at United In The Community, Victoria Park, Hereford.
Herefordshire Healthy Minds, provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, support people aged 18 and over, who are experiencing problems such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression. It's a free, confidential service, which offers a range of talking therapies and support, including short courses, online therapies and self help guides.
Herefordshire Libraries run the Books on Prescription scheme, which offers a range of self-help books on issues such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders. They can be borrowed free of charge from any public library in the county.
Herefordshire Mind provide a range of different support services, groups and activities for local people with mental health problems. It also offers a Safe Haven every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 6:00pm to 10:30pm.
Herefordshire Samaritans offer a telephone and drop in service, if you’re struggling and need help.
Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community for 11 to 26 year olds. It provides free, safe and anonymous support around a range of concerns, such as relationship or family problems, school or college worries, feeling low or depressed, drink, drug or money problems.
Marches Counselling Service offer affordable, professional counselling and psychotherapy services for individual adults or couples (18 and over), both in person and remotely.
No Wrong Door offer a safe place for 11 to 25 year olds to access information, guidance and activities to support a range of areas, including mental health and wellbeing.
The Cart Shed helps individuals during difficult times in their lives by offering therapeutic support in a calm and caring woodland setting. This can help improve mental health and wellbeing through learning new skills, finding friendship and raising inspirations.
The CLD Trust offer a variety of counselling services, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, for children and young people aged 10 to 18 (normally free of charge) and adults in Herefordshire. During the coronavirus situation, you can currently self-refer for counselling.
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust provide a 24 hour helpline for anyone living in Herefordshire, who experiences a mental health problem for the first time or a sudden deterioration of an existing problem. You can contact them on 01905 681915 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year).
Take a look at the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) mental wellbeing leaflet...
You can also find help and support from the following organisations:
- Anna Freud
- Every Mind Matters
- FCN (The Farming Community Network)
- Lighthouse Club
- NHS 111
- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
- One You
- Rethink Mental Illness
- Rise Above
- Side by Side
- The Mix
- The Silver Line
- Young Minds