Mental health and wellbeing
We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell at any stage of life.
Anyone can be affected by mental health regardless of age, profession, employment status, and so on. It is everybody's business and can affect people at different stages of their lives. Certain events may have an impact on our mental wellbeing, the same as it might on our physical health.
The New Economics Foundation considered the evidence around the key factors that help us to stay well and improve our mental wellbeing. The evidence is centred around the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
- Keep connected. We all benefit from good relationships. Find ways to meet other people.
- Be active look after your physical health.
- Take notice and appreciate what you have. Take time to look around you, what do you hear and see? Take a moment to relax and enjoy!
- Keep learning make time for your hobbies and interests. Learn something new. Have fun!
- Give get involved in your community. Give to others. A smile goes along way!
Reading Well - Books on prescription:
- Libraries - about Reading Well
- Reading Well for mental health - Interactive prescriber leaflet
- Mental health and wellbeing suggested reads. Ask in your local library about their mood boosting book collection too!
For more self-help ideas and information see the below resources:
- NHS resources - Moodzone
- Wiltshire recreation - visit the countryside or a nature reserve
- Enjoy and experience arts
- Health Improvement Services (please see below for further information)
- Age UK - mental health resources
- Living Life
There are numerous places to find out what events are happening in your area. In addition to local magazines and media, here are some ideas about where to start looking.
NEW: Free text messaging service providing mental health support to Wiltshire residents
If you live in Wiltshire and need somebody to talk to about your mental health or you are struggling to cope you can text WILTS to 85258 for free and confidential text message support that won't appear on your bill.
Trained volunteers are here to listen and can help with anxiety and stress, depression or sadness, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, panic attacks, loneliness or isolation, abuse and bullying. The volunteers can provide you with tools to help you going forward and can point you in the right direction of other local support that can be accessed.
If your life is at imminent risk, please call 999 for immediate help.
- Wiltshire Centre For Independent Living
- Health Improvement Coaches
- Wiltshire IAPT Service
- Local Offer - Services for young people up to age 25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities. - Wiltshire Centre for Independent living
- Wiltshire Mind
- Mind - helplines
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- NFU (National Farmers Union) - Find mental health support in your area
- Cruse Bereavement Care
- Wiltshire healthy schools - Emotional health and wellbeing
- For urgent medical attention, go to your nearest A&E Department or call 999
- Visit your GP
- Call the NHS 111 service free from a landline or mobile on 111. Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency. Available 24 hours a day.
- Call Samaritans free on 116 123
- Call the SANE mental health charity national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness including family, friends and carers. They are open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.
- visit our webpage Worried about a child?
- call the NSPCC helpline on: 0808 800 5000
- visit our webpage Speak out Wiltshire
- call the National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247
Every Mind Matters
Complete your free online action plan for improved mental health.
Discover simple steps to look after your mental health. Find your way to better mental health. Visit the Every Mind Matters webpage to complete your free online action plan today to help you deal with stress, boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel more in control.
For further information visit the NHS: Every mind matters website.
Wiltshire's joint Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2014-2021) was developed by Wiltshire Council and NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board with the overarching aim to create environments and communities by 2021 that will keep well across their lifetime, achieving and sustaining good mental health and wellbeing for all.
The six priority areas within the Wiltshire Strategy reflect those of the National Mental Health Strategy and work towards the three main priority actions within the NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
Mental health is 'everybody's business', and to ensure that the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Wiltshire residents are met we are committed to working together with individuals, families, employers, educators, communities and the public, private and voluntary sectors. In order to ensure that services commissioned and delivered in Wiltshire meet the needs of the population, anticipate future demand and are accessible to all the Wiltshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board was formed. The Board is responsible for monitoring delivery of aims and outcomes within the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and will provide new opportunities for service users and carers to be involved in the design and development of services.