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.
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 support and services for local people with mental health problems.
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.
Let's Talk is a free Herefordshire service, provided by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, offering a range of talking therapies for stress, anxiety and depression.
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.
Take a look at the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) mental wellbeing leaflet...
You can also find support from the following organisations:
- Every Mind Matters
- NHS 111
- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
- One You
- Rise Above
- Young Minds