Mental health


What is mental health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health. Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you’re in good mental health, […]

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

Being smoke-free helps relieve stress, anxiety and depression and gives you a more positive outlook on life. These benefits apply to all smokers, not just those with pre-existing mental health problems. We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. Here are 10 health benefits of stopping smoking. But did you know that stopping […]

Making sense of your medicines

To get the best results from your medicines, it’s important to use them as they are intended. You need to: Take the right amount of medicine at the right times, in the right way and for the right number of days. Get advice from your pharmacist or GP if you are having any side effects that bother you. […]

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Worried someone is depressed?

Depression can develop slowly. Someone who is depressed doesn’t always realise or acknowledge that they’re not behaving as they usually do. Often it’s a a partner, family member or carer who first realises help is needed and encourages their relative or friend to see a doctor or find another source of support. Feeling sad from […]

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Care Programme Approach

The Care Programme Approach (CPA) is a way that services are assessed, planned, co-ordinated and reviewed for someone with mental health problems or a range of related complex needs. You might be offered CPA support if you: are diagnosed as having a severe mental disorder are at risk of suicide, self-harm, or harm to others […]

Help is available for your mental health

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or fearful. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. Help is available If you are experiencing some problems with your mental health […]

Support in the community

Havering Council provides services with North East London NHS Foundation Trust. If more specialist help is needed you may be put in touch with North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). There are a small number of people with more persistent and potentially serious mental health problems and there are various services and teams in […]

Mental health aftercare

If you have been compulsorily detained for treatment in a psychiatric hospital, any “mental health aftercare” that you may need when you leave hospital should be provided free of charge. This free aftercare is given to try to prevent your condition getting worse and you needing to be re-admitted to hospital. People entitled to free […]

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Advocacy services

Advocacy services help people – particularly those who are most vulnerable in society – to: access information and services be involved in decisions about their lives explore choices and options defend and promote their rights and responsibilities speak out about issues that matter to them What is an advocate? An advocacy service is provided by […]

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