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Voluntary organisations can offer a huge amount of support within a community. They can provide connections that you may not have already made with people who could help you and can also act as an advisory service.

If you are interested in giving something back check out the Downloads page for some suggestions about how you could help.

The Healthy Shropshire Directory has a list of local organisations as does the Community Directory.

Mind also run a number of local services including counselling and drop-in centres throughout the country. To find one in your area use the service directory here.

If you are looking for services in particular areas why not look through the rest of Mental Health & Wellbeing where there are services listed that are relevant to different stages of life and day to day living.

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

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