What wellbeing and mental health is
Wellbeing and mental health are just like physical health, and we all need to take care of it.
Good wellbeing and mental health means being able to think, feel and react in the way that you want to.
Mental health problems can affect any one of us at any time. If you go through a period of poor mental health, your feelings might become difficult to cope with and you may struggle to control your emotions, which can be just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
What you can do for your wellbeing
There are many different physical and mental activities you can try to improve your wellbeing. The NHS Every Mind Matters quiz has ideas to help.
The 5 ways to mental wellbeing leaflet has suggestions of activities that you can do in your everyday life to improve your mental wellbeing. For example, physical activity can greatly improve your mood, so if you want to be more active, find free and low cost activities supported by Brighton & Hove City Council.
Getting help with your mental health.
While it's normal to occasionally feel low, worried, or stressed; worsening mental health could mean you need help.
If you find yourself struggling with your mental health, it’s important to reach out for help, such as:
- talking to someone – it can help to talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling, a friend, family member, carer, teacher, or neighbour
- speaking to your doctor (GP) – your doctor can give advice about available local support and treatment.
- e-wellbeing – online advice on mental wellbeing for children and young people.
- UOK – a network of free local services supporting good mental wellbeing for adults. Find out more online or phone 0808 196 1768.
- Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service - a free NHS Talking Therapies service for anyone of any age struggling with low mood or anxiety. You can refer yourself online
- Sussex Mental Health Line – call NHS 111 and select the mental health option for 24/7 support from clinicians.
- Samaritans – call 116 123 to speak to a listening volunteer, available 24/7.
If you need help to express your feelings, find out how an advocate could help you.