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Mental health

Introduction

Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. The majority of people who experience mental health problems can get over them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.

What kind of mental health problems are there?

There are many different mental health problems. You may experience symptoms that are common to two or more diagnoses, or you may experience the symptoms of more than one mental health problem at once. Mental health problems include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating problems
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders

What causes mental health problems?

Mental health problems can have a wide range of causes. We can often point to things that trigger a period of poor mental health but some people tend to be more deeply affected by these things than others. Factors that could potentially trigger a period of poor mental health include loneliness, the death of someone close to you, stress, a long-term physical health condition or unemployment.

If your are experiencing mental health difficulties or are concerned about a relative or friend, you should contact your GP in the first instance.​  

Helping yourself

What can I do?

Self-help techniques can be effective in managing the symptoms of many mental health problems and can mean that no other treatment is needed. Making changes to your general lifestyle may also help to prevent some problems from developing or getting worse.

Get active - Physical activity can help you avoid developing health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and mental health difficulties such as depression. The annual Mental Health Awareness Week aims to shift our motivation for physical activity from "I'll do this later" to "I want to increase my wellbeing now".

Talk to someone - Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. It isn't a sign of weakness, it's part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone.

Ask for help - None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can't cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear. Local organisations are also there to help you. Trying visiting the Marketplace to see what support might be available near you.

Local libraries have a special collection of books providing self-help reading for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. Find out more about what's available here.

Support available

Services that may help

Mental health services in Hillingdon fall into three broad categories:

  • Psychological therapies in GP and community settings
  • Specialist mental health support in inpatient settings or the community
  • Services provided by the voluntary sector

Central and north west London NHS foundation trust (CNWL) provide a wide range of mental health services across Hillingon ranging from support to help people recover from mental health issues and conditions, including psychological therapies and interventions, 1:1 support and group work.

Services are available for people of all ages, and include specialist services for children. Patients need to be referred by their GP or their community mental health team. If you have any concerns about your mental health, please contact your GP in the first instance.

Further information on specific services is available through the following links:

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are for children aged 0-18 and their families who are experiencing mental health problems. There is also a range of books available which offer tips and ideas to help young people (aged 13-18) understand and manage their emotions and cope with difficult situations.

Assessment and brief treatment, recovery team and rehabilitation teams in Hillingdon.

Services for people over 65 who have mental illness or dementia.

Help for existing users of Central North West London services.

If your are experiencing mental health difficulties or are concerned about a relative or friend, you should contact your GP in the first instance.​

Local support

Local voluntary sector organisations that provide information, advice and support for people with mental health issues and their families and carers:

Mental Health foundation
Carers
Dash
Samaritans

Last reviewed: 18/07/2018

Useful links:

Mental Health foundation
Rethink

 http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/
Sane

While every care has been taken in the compilation of the information on this website, neither Hillingdon Council or PCG Care Solutions will be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of using the site and any inaccuracies/errors within these pages.

If you choose to purchase services via the Marketplace, you are advised to refer to the Buyers Guide prior to making a purchase, as well as making your own enquiries and seeking independent advice. This is applicable to Adult services only, as there is no Marketplace for Children's services.

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