Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem at some point in their lives, which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health. Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. The NHS has practical advice on a wide range of mood issues and problems at Moodzone.
More locally, The Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service is a Primary Care based mental health service for all adults or children aged 4 years old or more who are residing and registered with a GP in Brighton and Hove. They offer a range of mental health support for common mental health problems, such as low mood, stress, anxiety and depression and is staffed by a team of qualified mental health specialists. There is no need to wait for a doctor to refer you - they happily take self referrals.
Adults experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety can self-refer for guided self-help from a psychological wellbeing practitioner. Click: https://bhws.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/
Mental Health Rapid Response Service
If you feel you are not able to keep yourself safe, and do not need immediate medical assistance, you should contact the Mental Health Rapid Response Service which is able to offer immediate support:
Call: 03003 040078 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Call: 116 123 (free number) or ;01273 772277
Visit: Samaritans, Dubarry House, Newtown Road, Hove,BN3 6AE
Depression / Anxiety Questionnaires:
These easy to use patient questionnaires have been validated for use in Primary Care.
They are used by your doctor to monitor the severity of depression / anxiety and response to treatment.
They can also be used to make tentative diagnoses of depression and / or anxiety.
If you do fill one or both of these in, please make sure you include your name somewhere so we can identify who it comes from. It's also a useful idea to phone your GP to go over the results; they are always happy to get you in for a face to face appointment if you would like.
There is also a national anti-stigma campaign designed to reach out to young people:
#IAMWHOLE was launched on mental health day, 2016 (October 10th) and fronted by Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks.
Information on local resources:
There is also a website designed by young people for young people calld FindGetGive designed to offer practical help in the form of an online mental health service directory to help young people find the support they need, find advice from blogs and videos and give peer to peer feedback on their experiences of using the services listed.
FindGetGive for parents and carers
There is help and support for parents and carers and a new parent/carer online forum on the FindGetGive
You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it is better out than in. Childline can support you and help you find ways to cope
Call: 0800 1111