All of us can feel overwhelmed, anxious or low at some point in our lives. For some people these feeling can be more overwhelming and ongoing than for others. If you feel this way, you are not alone.
It can be difficult just to understand our feelings, let alone talk about them, or find someone you feel comfortable talking about them with. However, the council and many other organisations are here to support you during this difficult time. The organisations below look forward to hearing from you.
If self-help is not right for you and you remain concerned about your mental health, you should see your GP for advice and treatment.
Why is it important?
Good mental health and wellbeing is an important part of our physical health, our relationships, our education and our work. It can help us to cope with life’s problems and enjoy the good things that life has to offer. There are things we can actively do to protect our wellbeing and they can be simple and fun,
Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. Things you can do include having dinner with your family, visiting a friend, having lunch with a colleague, or volunteering at a local community group. Talk about how you feel and ask others how they are feeling. Don’t be scared to ask for or seek help.
Step outside, go for a walk, run. Find a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Regular physical activity is not only great for your physical health and fitness, but it is also associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety.
Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness). Be curious, catch sight of the beautiful, savour the moment whether you are eating lunch, walking to work, with friends and family.
Learning new skills can improve your wellbeing by boosting your self-confidence and raising self-esteem, helping you build a sense of purpose and connect with others. You could try learning to cook something new, work on a DIY project, sign up for a course at a local college or try a new hobby.
Doing something you are good at will boost your confidence and help you feel better about yourself.
Give to others
Offer small acts of kindness to other people or perform larger ones like volunteering in your local community. Saying’ thank you’, smiling, asking friends, family or colleagues how they are and really listening to their answer, offering to help someone or volunteering at a school or care home can all be very rewarding activities.
Ideas include drawing, puzzles, baking and cooking, knitting and sewing, DIY, writing, and gardening. These activities stimulate your imagination, help you increase control over your life and inspire change and growth.
Sometimes doing nothing is the best thing to do so be kind to yourself and take a break and look around. Savour the moment!
We’re all unique and that is something to celebrate. Try not to compare yourself to other people on social media, we all have something to offer. When you accept yourself, you give yourself a confidence boost, which will enable you to live life in a more positive way.
Checking in with other people - prompts and questions to use in wellbeing conversations:
- How are you?
- How are you feeling?
- I have noticed....
- What support do you need?
- What do you need from me right now?
- How are you finding your current workload?
- What challenges are you dealing with?
- Good thinking: Mental health resources for Londoners supported by the NHS, GLA and Public Health England.
- 5 steps to mental wellbeing: hints from the NHS to help you feel more positive.
- ACAS: gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice.
- Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust: information for carers. Caring responsibilities can be stressful and negatively impact a carers’ own health and wellbeing.
- Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust Recovery College: a range of educational courses, workshops and resources free to people who use Central and North West London NHS Foundation services, their supporters, friends, family, carers and staff. Free to people who have been discharged from the Trust’s services within the last 12 months.
- Debt advice: no matter how desperate things seem, there are ways to manage your debts.
- Harrow CAMHS: provides community mental health services to children and young people up to the age of 18 with complex mental health difficulties, and their families.
- Harrow Horizons: a targeted mental health and wellbeing service for children and young people delivered throughout the community of Harrow.
- Harrow Talking Therapies: a range of Talking Therapies in Harrow for people who feel anxious and worried or down and depressed.
- Keeping well: an online resource for health and care staff
- Kooth: an online mental wellbeing community for young people
- Mental Health Foundation: anyone can follow this advice, which is free. Why not start today?
- Mental health helpline and websites: collected resource guide from the NHS showing contact details for a range of charities and support groups.
- Mind in Harrow Mental Health Information Directory: a directory contains listings for organisations and services that can help people in Harrow with many mental health and related issues.
- More steps to wellbeing: suggestions from Mind to help your mental health and wellbeing
- Need to Talk: counselling services in Harrow. Funded by the National Lottery, the charity offers a non-judgemental, understanding and safe place where concerns and issues can be worked on and explored by a fully qualified counsellor on a one-to one basis.
- NHS Every Mind Matters: General mental health support and specific help for those anxious about coronavirus and its effects.
- NHS mindfulness resources: Reconnecting with the world around us and improving awareness of our own bodies can help with a variety of mental health issues.
- Samaritans: Call 116 123. Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help. No judgement. No pressure.
- Shout text crisis service: 85258
- Young Harrow Foundation: a membership organisation that supports voluntary organisations delivering services and activities for children and young people in Harrow.