Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis, Eating Disorders and Personality Disorders are all examples of mental health problems. Diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia generally develop in older age.

We understand that accessing support for your mental health can sometimes be confusing and complicated, so we have put together this collection of our favourite resources to help you to understand more and to find the help you need. There are links to our local services as well as larger, nationwide organisations.

As well as connecting you to services, there are also links to excellent self-help resources and information.

Mental Health Services for Selsey Medical Practice Patients

Your Mental Health

One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem at some point in their lives.

Good mental and emotional health is important at every stage of life.

Mental health and emotional well being affect how we think, feel, act, handle stress, relate to others, make choices and manage our physical health.

 Ways to maintain positive mental health include

  • Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough skills
  • Developing skills

Connecting to others in Selsey

There are so many interest groups in Selsey, maybe there's one for you. Find out about what's on at the Selsey Care Shop in the High Street or follow the link to their website:

Selsey Care Shop

If you want to get physically active and connect with others locally there are lots of classes at The Selsey Centre and a gym and a pool at The Oasis

If you prefer to get physically active at home there are too many free exercise video on Youtube to count. One of our favourites is Yoga with Adriene

Recommended Resources

Social Prescriber

  • Are you worried about your housing or financial situation and need information and support on where to start?
  • Are you feeling lonely or isolated and want to have a greater sense of connection to your community?
  • Are you needing practical or emotional support, to help you cope in a challenging situation?
  • Are you interested in finding out about local groups, activities or courses?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, then why not consider speaking to a member of the Chichester Social Prescribing team.

You can be referred by your GP, but it is also possible to refer yourself using an online form.

Visit Social Prescriber website here.

StayAlive App

The StayAlive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

 

In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a life box where you can store photos that are important to you.

click here to access the App

Suicidal Thoughts?

Are you having thoughts of ending your life?

 

  • Try not to be on your own. Be around other people
  • Get yourself to a safe place, like a friend's house
  • Talk to someone you trust - a friend, family member or colleague, or anyone. They may be able to offer support and help keep you safe.
  • Seek professional help. Contact your GP (01243 608201) or an organisation like the Samaritans (116 123).
  • Stay away from drugs and alcohol
  • Try not to think about the future – just focus on getting through today
  • Do something you usually enjoy, such as spending time with a pet
  • When you feel up to it, let someone help you to create a crisis plan, to see you through difficult times, should they happen again.

Links to Specialist Support, Services and Advice