Looking after our mental health and wellbeing is something that more of us are thinking about these days. We’re all taking stock and looking at how we can achieve a healthy balance in our daily lives.
For a long time, there was a focus on what we all needed to do to keep physically healthy: regular exercise, getting enough sleep, eating good food, making healthy choices. We now appreciate that our mental wellbeing is just as important. In fact, poor mental health can lead to poor physical health, so it’s imperative to look after both.
I’ve noticed a change in the way that mental wellbeing issues are talked about, and I’m pleased that we’re now being more open about these issues. People suffering from poor mental health can often feel they’re the only ones in that situation. Those feelings of isolation, on top of stress, anxiety, panic, depression, or suicidal thoughts, can be really debilitating. Being able to talk about what we’re feeling is often the first step to gaining control of our emotions.
Just as our physical health can fluctuate depending on what’s going on in our personal lives, or because of external factors like the pandemic, our mental health can vary, too. We can feel positive and optimistic about something one day, and anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or fearful another time.
Changes in our mood are a normal part of life and can be caused by many things – a situation at work, financial worries, bullying, exams, losing a job, bereavement, relationship or family pressures – but support is available to help manage our feelings when everything threatens to become overwhelming.
It’s when people feel there’s no help available, that no-one understands and there’s no-one to talk to, that situations and feelings can spiral out of control.
I want to say very clearly – help IS available. There are people who understand. There are people who’ve gone through what you’re going through. I’ve been in this position myself. There are people you can talk to, and they will listen to you. They will hear you. And they will help you.
Get help today
- Text the word ‘NOTTS’ to 85258, to access free, confidential text messaging support. This is available 24/7 for anyone struggling to cope.
- For online support and advice for young people, visit: https://nottalone.org.uk.
- Talk to the Crisis Line anytime, day or night, on 0808 196 3779.
- Call the Samaritans anytime on 116 123. Visit samaritans.org to find out about other ways to contact them and to access self-help resources.
Remember, you’re not alone. Help is available.
Councillor Scott Carlton
Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health and Mental Health Champion
Nottinghamshire County Council