It is estimated that one in four people living in the UK will be affected by problems regarding their mental wellbeing at some point in their lives. If you think your are suffering from a mental illness, you need to speak to your GP for a referral.
What mental health actually means
The term mental health problems is one that covers a range of experiences and situations. We all experience changes in our mental health state, influenced by social, personal, financial and other factors. Major life events such as a close bereavement, or leaving home, can impact significantly on how we feel about ourselves, and can lead to depression and anxiety.
A small amount of people may experience mental health problems to such a degree that they are diagnosed as having a mental illness, requiring the involvement of specialist services and support. The majority of people will not experience mental illness, but will experience mental health problems at different times in their lives.
If people are given support and information, those experiencing mental health problems can make positive changes and improvements. Only a small minority of people do not respond to appropriate help and need more specialist involvement.
Mental health services in Warwickshire
You can search for services using NHS Choices. Here you can also find out about the types of treatment available in Warwickshire and how to access them.
Support and advice for children and young people
- Young Minds – is a national charity committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all children and young people. Their website gives information, support and advice for children, young people and their parents and also gives details of services available to them.
- Kooth.com – offers online counselling, support and advice to children and young people on a variety of issues including mental health.