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If you would like to find out more information about mental health the following are some links you might find useful:

NHS Choices 'Mental Health'

NHS Choices 'How to help someone with depression'

NHS Choices 'Depression in children and teenagers'

Relevant links

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

Healthy Friendships is a registered mental health charity which operates in Powys and South Shropshire, offering support in the community to adults experiencing mental and or emotional distress. Services available include weekly social groups, memory cafes, outreach services and 1:1 support. Referrals can be made by health professionals, and individuals can refer themselves, friends or family members. Please call 01938 552104 for more information.

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

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