No mental health need is the same from one person to another. We all have a range of mental health needs during our lifetimes, as children, adults and older adults. It can include the worries and grief that we all experience as part of everyday life. It can also include serious events or diagnosed mental health conditions for which we may need to seek specialist help. Some of us are able to cope with these worries, stresses and life events without formal help. Some people might need support from friends, family or colleagues whilst others may benefit from specialist mental health input. Mental health needs can affect anyone, of any age or background and at any time of our life. The NHS website has a self-assessment tool which you can use if you think you may be suffering from depression.
Carers who support people with mental health needs like family and friends might also need support from time to time.
Below is some advice on how you can help yourself and where you can go for support.
There are things that you can do yourself, such as:
You could also:
You can also search our Community directory, and filter by your area, for mental health services accessible to residents in your area (select 'Specific needs' and then 'Mental health').National organisations:
You may wish to consider private counselling. We list qualified counsellors in Hampshire in our Marketplace directory.
Wellbeing is about:
The centres provide workshops, courses and other support on many mental health issues. These include:
Contact your nearest centre to find out more about their programme.
Andover wellbeing centre
Basingstoke wellbeing centre
Eastleigh wellbeing centre
Fareham and Gosport wellbeing centre
Farnborough wellbeing centre
Havant and East Hants wellbeing centres
New Forest wellbeing centres
Portsmouth wellbeing centre
Romsey wellbeing centre
Winchester wellbeing centre
Adults' Health and Care Mental Health and Substance Misuse Teams work together with the Health Service's Community Mental Health Teams and deal with people's social care needs alongside their health needs. They help people in the community, whether they have just become ill, have a short-term illness, or need on-going support. Further information and contact details for teams.
You may be entitled to a council tax exemption or support to pay your bill if you have a mental health illness.
Contact your GP if you are you concerned about:
You can also contact the NHS 111 service which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can speak to a trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and direct you to the best medical care.
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The Message in a Bottle service encourages people living on their own to keep their basic personal and medical details in a small plastic bottle in the fridge. If the emergency services come to your home, they can quickly find vital information about your health. Bottles are funded by local Lions Clubs and are free to users. Ask your local GP surgery or pharmacy for details.
Mental health problems such as depression or self-harm can affect any of us, but they're more common among people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT). See NHS advice, including support organisations.
If you, or someone you know, may be having suicidal thoughts, please see our Suicide Prevention page for help and advice.