Call 999 if someone’s life is at risk or you do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please see the list of helplines further down the page.
It is important that we all look after our minds as well as our bodies and recognising when you are suffering from poor mental health, and how to seek help, is vital to keeping healthy.
There are many mental health issues, but some of the most common ones are:
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, and can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life but some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
If you think you may have anxiety, visit here to learn more.
Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms, which you can learn more about here.
Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder where you regularly have sudden attacks of panic or fear. Someone with panic disorder has feelings of anxiety, stress and panic regularly and at any time, often for no apparent reason. Read about panic attacks here.
How to get help
If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health issue, there are several steps you can take to get help. Some problems do not require the help of a GP and can be managed using materials available online or from local organisations.
A good place to start is by taking this mood assessment quiz provided by the NHS to help you understand your feelings.
You can get further advice and support from the East North Hertfordshire Wellbeing Service by completing a self-referral form (over 16’s only)
Free Listening Services
If you would like to talk to someone, there are a number of helplines you can contact:
- Samaritans – Call 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a reply within 24 hours
- Childline (under 19’s) – Call 0800111 (their number will not appear on your phone bill)
- Shout crisis text line- Text SHOUT to 85258
- NHS – Call 111
If you have exhausted these options and feel you need further support, you may wish to speak with our dedicated Mental Health Nurse by booking an appointment online or calling the practice.