Mental health matters
The ongoing uncertainty due to the global pandemic has impacted upon our daily lives and many of us are having to deal with its impacts upon our mental wellbeing.
The Mental Health Foundation highlights 1 in 6 people experienced a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression in the past week. Some people call mental health, emotional health or wellbeing and it’s just as important as good physical health.
If you have been experiencing any mental or emotional struggles it is important that you know you’re not alone and help is available.
Our support services
Here at Beyond Housing we have a wide range of internal support available for you to access, whether it be support with substance misuse, hoarding, mediation or intensive support to help find work or training.
If you feel you can’t cope and need to speak to somebody urgently, or need advice on how you can deal with someone else’s behaviour, no matter what time of day, you can contact the following national organisations:
- NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones
- The Samaritans offer a 24-hour confidential telephone helpline. Telephone: 08457 90 90 90.
- Rehab4addiction is a free addiction helpline run by people who’ve beaten addiction in their own lives
A useful A-Z directory of more national mental health related charitable organisations can be found here.
- Practical tips to support mental wellbeing
Here are a few practical ways you can help to support your mental wellbeing and resilience:
- Explore nature
Explore the nature near you, recent research from Derby University revealed that making connections with nature, especially for those have not previously done so has positive benefits for wellbeing for as long as two months after the nature connection was experienced.
- Keep a journal
It may be useful to keep a journal for a few weeks to help you reflect and identify certain triggers which may cause you anxiety and stress and suggest ways to reduce exposure to those triggers. It may also be useful to plan out tasks or goals and remember to celebrate your achievements.
- Practise mindfulness
Practising mindfulness, relaxation techniques, using aromatherapy, yoga or simply making some time for yourself which could be as simple as running a bath or drawing your favourite picture anything which gives you a bit of space to relax and unwind.
- Online resources
Utilise free online resources which you can download or print, there is a wealth of helpful resources out there but here are a few:
- HumanGivens Institute – free resources
- MIND – tips for every day living
- National Institure of Mental Health – education awareness