Good mental health is more than not having a mental health problem – it refers to our ability to enjoy life and cope with its challenges.
At certain times in our lives events may make it more difficult to cope so we may need extra support, for example, after bereavement, divorce, redundancy or having a child.
One in four of us will experience some form of mental health problem, particularly anxiety or depression, at some point in any one year. Mental health problems can affect anyone, but the stigma related to experiencing a problem can often put people off asking for help.
If you are feeling low or are worried about your mental health it is important to ask for help. A good place to start is to speak to your GP about how you’re feeling, but there are also lots of other services in Leeds that can help you.
You can also refer yourself to the NHS Primary Care Mental Health IAPT partnership. This service works with people aged 17 and over with common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks and stress. For more information, speak to your GP, phone IAPT on 0113 843 4388 or visit the IAPT website.
If you need immediate help
If you feel suicidal and need immediate help, speak to your GP, who will then assess your needs, and if appropriate refer you to the NHS Crisis and Home Treatment Team. Alternatively you can call NHS Choices on 111.
Tools to help me
- The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust have produced a number of excellent self-help booklets covering topics such as depression, panic, sleep, anxiety and much more
- Living Life to The Full provides short self-help videos which can help you work through problems at your own pace
- MindWell has helpful information on mental health for everyone in Leeds, whether you need advice for yourself or someone you know