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Sometimes all we need is to talk to someone we can trust. The best option is to talk to a friend, family member or someone else who you trust.

Counsellors are professionals who offer up to an hour long sessions, usually once a week, to help people through various issues surrounding mental health.  Privately they can cost anywhere between £40 and £120 per session but for more information and to locate a counsellor near you check out Local Services.

There are lots of charities and organisations working around mental health which provide support and information - click here for more details of charities, groups and services.  

If what you need is a listening ear there are a number of organisations which offer a helpline, email and instant messaging chat service, including Samaritans, Mind, and Rethink.

If there is something specific you would like information about, why not check out the rest of the Mental Health and Wellbeing pages?

Relevant links

Healthwatch Shropshire are an organisation dedicated to helping people in Shropshire get the best from their health and social care services.

Local GPs can be found through the NHS Choices website.

Samaritans are there to listen and provide support 24/7.

Mind is a mental health national organisation that provide useful information.

If you are worried about discrimination or stigma surrounding mental health you should look at Time to Change for further information.

EasyHealth provide accessible leaflets with information about mental health issues, information about services and videos.

More national mental health helplines can be found on the NHS Choices website.

 

Fact Zone


If you are worried about yourself or someone else talk to a trusted friend, family member or GP.
Try doing a crossword or Sudoku puzzle every now and again to keep you mentally healthy.
There are 24 hours in a day which means you can spend a third asleep, a third at work and a third doing whatever makes you happy.
Stress is a part of life but there are ways you can deal with it effectively.
It'’s important to stay connected with the people you care about so why not invite a friend round for tea and a chat.
A cup of tea with a friend can be the most important thing you do this week.
Try writing down all the things you need to get done and aiming to do a few each day instead of leaving them until the last minute.
Why not try doing something new – when we challenge ourselves it exercises our brain.
Try not to worry about things that are out of your control.
Find out about mindfulness, a method of relaxing that even the scientists are excited about.
There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
If there’'s something you enjoy, like reading a book, set time aside each week to do that.  If not, set time aside to find a new interest.
Join an online or offline group to find people with similar interests – you might meet some new friends.
Relax every now and again. Take time for yourself if you’re feeling stressed.
Doing good can make us feel good.  For ideas in your community, check out our Downloads.
Doing exercise has been proven to help keep both your body and mind healthy.
A good night'’s sleep can do wonders for your mental health.
Take one day at a time.
Smiling can make ourselves and the people around us happy.
Find somewhere new to visit. Shropshire is a beautiful place with lots of interesting sights to see.