Protect mental health

1. Guard your, and your family’s, mental health

4 out of every 5 people in the UK feel working from home has had a negative impact on their mental health [Nuffield Health charity, June, 2020]. If mental health is a worry for you, or for one your love, you can refer yourself to a local NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) without bothering your GP.

Their first step is usually a mind test. Reliable tests can detect problems early in 90% of those that have one, in a 5-minute test. Then, if needed, you can take up one of several talking treatments.

video camera2. Have a look at real life video stories from people who have coped with depression and survived suicide.

U Can Cope‘ by the Samaritans tells good stories with commentaries from Dr Alys Cole- King, a leading specialist in this field. Just watch one or two of these stories.

3. Apps and online tools for mental health

There are lots of apps and online tools you can use to help improve your mental health. You can see a selection in the NHS apps library. Research shows that, for some people, these tools can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy with a therapist for depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.

Some allow you to work through a self-help course online with support from a therapist. Others offer live therapy with a therapist via instant messaging. You don’t need much experience with computers or technology to use them.

You can also join an anonymous online community where you can meet and talk with other people who have similar mental health problems to you. e.g. registered charity Minds Side by Side is a UK supportive online community where you can feel at home talking about your mental health and connect with others who understand what you are going through.

pointing finger3. When you decide on your actions, put them into your own personal health plan.

page updated 04 Nov. 2020. © 2020 by social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.

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