Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
1. Connect with other people
Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:
- Help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
- Give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
- Provide emotional support and allow you to support others
2. Be physically active
Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
- Raising your self-esteem
- Helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
- Causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood
3. Learn new skills
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
- Boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
- Helping you to build a sense of purpose
- Helping you to connect with others
Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.
4. Give to others
Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:
- creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
- giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
- helping you connect with other people
It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.
5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has set up an out-of-hours advice line for children and young people.
The advice line - 01244 397644 - is open to everyone, including young people themselves, parents, teachers, healthcare professionals and the children and young people’s workforce. Its purpose is to provide advice and support on children and young people’s mental health.
The service offers mental health advice, resources, signposting and support calls. Mental health professionals can complete a mental health assessment over the phone and then pass it to the relevant Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services team for triage.
The service is available from 5pm to 10pm Monday to Friday, and from midday to 8pm at weekends and on bank holidays.
CWP’s Community Mental Health Teams provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment and follow up to people with severe and complex mental health conditions in a community setting.
Community Mental Health Teams consist of a range of skilled staff including:
- Consultant psychiatrists
- Approved Mental Health Practitioners
- Social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Support workers and family support workers
The teams are multi-disciplinary, which means they have staff from a range of different health professions.
Community mental health teams offer a number of treatments such as talking therapies, social interventions, and education. In addition they:
- Visit service users in a variety of places, including at home
- Support service users to be as independent as is possible
- Monitor medication
- Monitor service users in the outpatient department
Patients with high level of needs are allocated a care coordinator who will work in partnership with the patient to develop a personalised careplan that meets the needs of the patient. The different parts of the careplan will include:
- Description of the problem
- Any risks involved
- The patient’s strengths
- What needs to be done to help the patient recover
- Who should be doing what
- The patient’s and the carer’s views – which will then be written down and given to all those involved including the patient and carers.
How to access this service
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If you're struggling, it's best to speak to someone.