Looking after your mental health is just as important as taking care of yourself physically. Keeping the mind active, and having strategies to cope during difficult times in your life, can help you to feel more positive and make good decisions for the future.
Mental health conditions are very common. One in four adults will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a year, and for some people they can be long-term or recurring problems.
If you are worried about your mental health, there's nothing to be ashamed of. It's important to seek help and support just as you would for a physical health condition. This might involve going to see your GP, finding a support group, or trying some self-help strategies.
In this section you will find out more about what good mental health is, how to maintain it, and how to get support and advice if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem.
You can also find out about some of the more common problems, the treatments which are available, and where you can go to get support, independent advice, and more information.
If you, or someone you care for needs advice and support, please visit our Requesting mental health support page. In an emergency, please refer to our Emergency mental health support page.
You can also read Tamsin's blog here. Tamsin is a Mental Health Ambassador in Essex, and she talks about her experiences in the run up to World Mental Health Day on October 10.
If you are a Carer for someone with mental health difficulties, you may be entitled to a carers assessment. This will identify and explore your needs as a carer. For further information, visit the Carer's Assessment page.
You may also wish to read our page on the Mental Health Act.
The future of mental health
The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health is a report produced in February 2016 from the independent Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS in England. As a result of interviews with over 20,000 people, they have set out recommendations which will enable people to fulfil their lifelong ambitions and take their place as equal citizens in our society.
'Let's Talk' about mental health is the first pan-Essex, all-age strategy for mental health and wellbeing, and as such represents a landmark for mental health policy in the county. Launched in July 2017, it has been 'co-produced' with people who have experience of using mental health services in Greater Essex, both directly and as carers. It focuses on getting help to people at the earliest opportunity, 'parity of esteem' for mental and physical health, tackling stigma and ending social inclusion among people affected by mental health problems.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-2021
Strategy on a Sheet summary
Briefing and Analysis Paper