Mental health support
Good mental health and wellbeing is an important part of our physical health, our relationships, our education, our work and to achieving our potential. It can help us to cope with life’s problems and to enjoy the good things that life has to offer.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or social background and mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. If you are concerned about your mental health you should see your GP for advice and treatment.
There are solutions that can be built into our lives to help promote our mental wellbeing. Building these solutions into your life can be fun and they may help to protect your wellbeing at times of stress.
Advice and support to help your mental health and wellbeing
The New Economics Foundation (NEF), a think tank that promote social, economic and environmental justice, have researched ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing. They concluded if you apply certain actions into your day and practise them regularly, you can improve your mental health and wellbeing.
The specific actions are:
- Connect with people - connect with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at home, work, school or in your local community.
- Be active - go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, dance or exercise.
- Take notice - be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment.
- Keep learning - try something new. Sign up for a course. For information about adult courses available in Harrow, see the Learn Harrow webpages.
- Give - do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time or join a community group.
Actions you can take to help your wellbeing
- Talking about your feelings when you feel troubled. You may feel supported and less alone by being listened to. If you are looking for someone to talk to, you may be interested in joining the big white wall.
- Eating a balanced diet. For information on eating a balanced diet see the eatwell guide on the NHS website.
- Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink to the recommended amount. Alcohol can make us feel good in the short term, however it is also a depressant. For information about drinking sensibly and recommended units of alcohol.
- Stopping smoking or taking steps to reduce the amount that you smoke. Smoking may make you feel better in the short term, but they also have a negative effect on your health.
Harrow's mental health directory is provided by mental health organisation: Mind in Harrow. They host the site on behalf of Harrow Council and NHS Harrow. The directory gives details of all mental health services in Harrow including statutory social work services, counselling services and how to access a GP or specialist mental health service.