We all feel down, anxious or stressed from time to time, but if you have been experiencing these feelings for a few weeks or more you may be facing mental health problems.
You are not alone. In every community 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.
Symptoms can include:
• Loss of confidence and feeling down
• Feeling anxious or panicky
• Not being able to enjoy the things you usually do
• Unexplained aches and pains
• Avoiding people, even those you’re close to
• Sleeping badly
• Loss of appetite
• Feeling bad or guilty, or dwelling on things from the past
• Physical symptoms such as sweating, shaking, heart palpitations, chest/stomach pain
• Experiencing irrational thoughts and feelings
• Frequently worrying about things or feelings
• Avoiding situations to escape feeling any of the above
• Unable to concentrate
• Focusing on the negatives and worrying about things
• Feeling angry or overwhelmed
• Losing out on sleep, loss of appetite
• Feeling isolated, low in mood or hopeless
Mental illness is as significant as physical illness so it is important to get help as soon as possible. Lots of people have found talking therapies helpful. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger, a trained therapist who will listen to you and help you find your own answers to problems. This is called talking therapy.
Where to go for help
You can refer yourself, you don’t need to see your GP, simply;
You will be assessed and offered a choice of therapies to suit you. This can range from stress management, educational programmes to individual therapy delivered by telephone, instant messaging or face-to-face, all designed to help you manage your condition and lead a healthy lifestyle.
NHS Mental Health Apps Library
Why not visit the NHS endorsed directory of digital mental health services. There you will find a selection of online tools, resources and apps to help treat depression and anxiety and manage your condition.