The national experience of mental health is that a quarter of the population experience some kind of mental health problem each year. That means in Hull approximately 70,000 people could to experience some difficulty per year.
Many people who live with a mental health problem, or who are starting to experience difficulties are afraid of what other people may think about them. This can cause people to keep their feelings hidden. It is important that you are aware of you mental welling and discuss your feelings with someone you trust. The NHS supply a lot of helpful information.
If you are feeling suicidal you can check our Suicide Prevention page for information on finding help.
Support for mental health
For some people with an identified mental health issue, maintaining good mental health may be more difficult and complex.
Some people may require additional support such as –
- Befriending services – such as talking to a volunteer over the phone or face to face about their problems
- Counselling – having a professional work with you to help manage your mental health
- Medication – this can only be prescribed by your GP
- Therapy – to help you deal with a traumatic or underlying long term mental health issue
You can search our community support directory for befriending, counselling or therapy services.
Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
In Hull we have worked collectively with our communities, and with our health and social care colleagues to understand what you think locally. The outcome of our work has highlighted the following key areas, detailed below that we can all consider improving our general mental wellbeing.
It is important that you connect with the people around you such as -
It is always a good idea to discuss with the people around you how you are feeling as they maybe things they can do to help. Sometimes just having a shoulder to lean on can help you to feel supported and less alone.
If you’re feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious, remember; you’re not alone. There is nothing wrong in admitting you’re struggling, and that you need support – sometimes, we all need a little help.
You should consider seeing your GP if you’ve been feeling anxious or depressed for more than a few weeks, or if the problems are beginning to affect your daily life.
Drug and alcohol use
Recreational drug and alcohol can have negative effects on your mental health. Mind has produced an information booklet that you can access using the link provided which explores the impact alcohol and drugs can have on a person.