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:
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
If you are a young person and you are struggling with your thoughts and feelings, or feeling distress or anxiety or low mood, this really supportive service is available for you.
Young Minds offers urgent help, support, advice, and guidance, which is focused on the needs of young people.
Their mission is to make sure all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.
Whether you need a reassuring conversation, specialist mental health support, or simply the knowledge that you are not alone in how you are feeling, Young Minds will make sure that you get support that meets you where you're at as quickly as possible.
Click the logo to visit their website.
We all experience low points at times in our lives, and it's not unusual to feel sad, anxious, stressed or low in mood. If you are a young person and you are experiencing any of these feelings, you might find e-wellbeing a good place to find help.
e-wellbeing is a digital wellbeing service for young people run by YMCA DownsLink Group.
Their aim is for you to be able to access the right support and information around your emotional health and wellbeing, in the right place at a time that is right for you.
Click the logo to find out more.
BBC Headroom - Mental Health Toolkit
Inspiring films, Lifestyle "Listens", Soothing mixes, Nature escapes, Meaningful conversations, Health and Wellbeing, Sleeping Tips, Links to services and much more... This collection of resources from the BBC doesn't pretend to be able to solve all of your problems but it gives you the tools to help you cope. There is also loads of support and reassurance from others who have experienced similar thoughts and feelings.
There is too much to list here, so why not click on the logo and find out what they can offer?
- 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.
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.
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.