Am I OK ?

Am I ok ? 

Am I depressed? How can I feel less stressed? Why am I so anxious?

1 in 3 adults will experience mental illness at some point in life.  You are not alone. We will get help for a broken arm ,how much more do we need to care for our minds, the most complex organ.

Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Choices Moodzone offers to help.

It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

There are other useful websites that give reliable information about other common mental health problems.

Reliable websites

Rethink Mental Illness 

Mind  

Mental Health Foundation

Young Mind

Recovery from Mental illness

There are 2 different meanings for recovery. However, they may overlap. These are:

  • clinical recovery, and
  • personal recovery.

Your doctor might have talked to you about ‘recovery’. Some doctors and health professionals think of recovery as no longer having mental health symptoms. Sometimes this is called ‘clinical recovery’. Dealing with symptoms is important to a lot of people. But we think recovery is wider than this, we call it ‘personal recovery’.

Personal recovery means that you are able to live a meaningful life. What you want to in your life will be different to what someone else wants to do with their life. Don’t be afraid to think about what you would like to do and work towards that goal

Anthony (1993) identifies recovery as " a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by the illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness."

Ultimately, because recovery is a personal and unique process, everyone with a mental  illness develops his or her own definition of recovery.

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Talk to Some one

Mental health Crisis Help

If you are or a loved one or someone you care for is in a crisis please ring 0300 222 0123 for advice and support.

For the hearing impaired in crisis, call: 0786 002 2819

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People feeling distressed, anxious, or down can call the Mental Health Matters helpline on 0800 107 0160.

The helpline consists of a team of highly trained and experienced support workers who use counselling skills to provide you with emotional guidance and information.

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