Find out how to give your mental health a boost during Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May)
During Mental Health Awareness Week, it’s important to know that help is available if you are experiencing low mood, stress and anxiety.
Published 19 May 2020.
Good mental health and wellbeing is more than just feeling happy; it is about feeling able to cope when you are facing challenges in your life or your physical health suffers.
Suffolk’s Wellbeing Service (for those living in East and West Suffolk) and the Norfolk and Waveney Wellbeing Service (for those living in Waveney) offers a range of free support services to help you make changes in your life to improve your mental health and wellbeing and help you cope with stress, anxiety and depression. During the coronavirus outbreak, the service is also offering free online workshop webinars.
The national Every Mind Matters programme includes simple tips and advice for boosting your wellbeing, including a downloadable Mind Plan to get information tailored to you.
The five ways to wellbeing offer an evidence-based framework for good mental health, structured around five simple steps which are the equivalent of the five-a-day fruit and veg message for your mental health:
- Connect – stay in touch with friends and family. It’s important to stay in touch with others however you do it, and sometimes simply talking about how you feel can make a big difference
- Be active – taking the time to build in physical activity to your routine can pay dividends for your mental health. Campaigns such as Keep Moving Suffolk offer inspiration for getting active while retaining social distancing
- Keep learning – now could be the perfect time to learn a new skill, or picking up something you’ve always enjoyed in the past
- Take notice - with the constant stream of media messages about coronavirus, it is also very easy to feel overwhelmed. Take a break from watching, listening or reading news stories and use the time for the things you enjoy.
- Give - Giving your time and energy to others is extremely important, never more so than now, and can really help your mental wellbeing.
If you are concerned about someone else’s mental health, or are simply looking for useful information, tips and advice, why not visit the dedicated COVID Information Hub at www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/COVIDHub This website brings together information and resources from local and national sources, grouped by age range or area of interest.
Kooth offers an online counselling and emotional wellbeing service for 11 to 25-year-olds in Suffolk and Norfolk. As well as online counselling sessions, Kooth provides instant text-based chats, peer-to-peer support, moderated forums where they can share their experiences with other young Kooth members, a wide range of self-help articles, and journals and goal tracker tools.
Young people can access the Kooth service anonymously by signing onto the Kooth website www.kooth.com Kooth provides unique out of office hours’ provision and are open 7 days a week from noon until 10pm weekdays and 6pm until 10pm on Saturday and Sundays.
Councillor James Reeder, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, said:
“The sheer amount of interest and advice on being well at this challenging time can feel overwhelming. It is crucial to remember that you’re not alone, and help continues to be available from a number of organisations in Suffolk whenever you need it.
“Whether you are experiencing stress, low mood or anxiety, or are concerned about someone else, help is at hand.”
As well as online counselling sessions, Kooth provides instant text-based chats, peer-to-peer support, moderated forums where they can share their experiences with other young Kooth members, a wide range of self-help articles, and journals and goal tracker tools.
Young people can access the Kooth service anonymously by signing onto the Kooth website www.kooth.com
Kooth provides unique out of office