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Mental health and wellbeing

Looking after our health and wellbeing is really important.  Mental health is just another way to describe our general wellbeing – it’s about how we are thinking, feeling and behaving and it changes daily, weekly and even monthly depending on our mood and feelings. Mental…

Mental health helplines

Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice. Anxiety UK Charity providing support if you've been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm) Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk Bipolar UK A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar…

Mental health issues if you're gay, lesbian or bisexual

Poor levels of mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have often been linked to experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination and bullying. Other factors - such as age, religion, where you live or ethnicity - can add extra complications to an already difficult…

Mindfulness

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment - to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you - can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness…

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find…

Self-help therapies

Self-help therapy has some advantages over professional face-to-face counselling. It's convenient, cheap and you can do it in your own time and when it suits you. Self-help therapy can also be a useful first step if you are unsure whether or not to seek further…

What is the Mental Capacity Act?

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over. Examples of people who may…
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