Sshhh… we don’t Talk about Mental Health…
The Wellbeing Service does talk about mental health, and further more offers support and guidance. The Wellbeing Service is a free NHS service for anyone over the age of 16, who is not active military personnel.
Families of the military, both male and female, may be struggling with living in a stressful environment with loved ones being away for periods of time, settling children into a new routine or school, moving house, making new friends, finding work and many other issues be overcome.
We often find that people find it difficult to talk about how they are feeling as mental health may be associated with images of the unwell, have stigma attached to this or create a feeling of not coping or failure. However, Common Mental Health Problems affect around 1 in 4 people in the UK. It’s more common than dandruff!
Common mental health problems can effect both men and women and include Depression and Low mood, Anxiety, Anxiety in social situations, lack of confidence, Phobias, OCD and Trauma. It is the negative or anxious thoughts and unhelpful behaviours that maintain the problems. There is nothing unusual about these, they are normal thoughts and behaviours but they have just got caught in a vicious cycle. It can impact upon sleep, relationships and day to day functioning. This can lead to withdrawal and reduction of activities and lack of enjoyment or increased anxiety when faced with a situation and for some people this can even lead to thoughts of self harm or suicide.
How can we help? We can offer; Stress Management, Groups and Workshops for Anxiety and Depression, Guided self help via the phone, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and access to counselling and Mental Health First Aid Courses.
Once referred you will be offered an assessment to further discuss your needs and from there we will look at building you a treatment plan that best suits you and we aim to give you the skills and knowledge to understand what’s going on for you and for you to be able to manage this in the future.
How to contact us
You can visit your GP and they can refer you or you can make a self referral by calling 0300 123 1503 (charged at local rate). Alternatively visit www.readytochange.org.uk for referrals or more information, or pick up a leaflet at your GP surgery.