One of our proud partnerships is with My Sisters House Women's Centre and they helped us with our content on this page as well as our Instagram page during mental health awareness week.
This past year has challenged us all in so many ways. We’re all more aware than ever of just how much even comparatively small things can have an impact on our mental wellbeing – for better or worse.
In any given week, one in six people will experience a common mental health problem. Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. It means you can make the most of your potential, cope with life, and play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends. So it makes sense to do what we can to achieve that.
Ten Top Tips
Here are some tips from the Mental Health Foundation with practical ways to look after your mental health.
1. Talk about your feelings.
2. Keep active.
3. Eat well.
4. Drink sensibly.
5. Keep in touch.
6. Ask for help.
7. Take a break.
8. Do something you’re good at.
9. Accept who you are.
10. Care for others.
Does creativity affect mental health?
A creative act such as crafting can help focus the mind, and has even been compared to meditation due to its calming effects on the brain and body. Even just gardening or sewing releases dopamine, a natural anti-depressant. Creativity reduces anxiety, depression, and stress… And it can also help you process trauma.
If you need urgent help there are national crisis lines you can call:
Samaritans - for anyone in distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. Open 24/7.
Call 116 123
Sane – specialist emotional support, guidance and information for anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. 4.30pm to 10.30pm every day.
Call 0300 304 7000
CALM – for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. 5pm to midnight every day.
Call 0800 58 58 58