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Sometimes it is helpful to read about other people's experiences with mental health. More specific links are available through the Information pages.

NHS Choices have further information on low mood and depression, and Time to Change, an organisation aiming to end mental health discrimination, have some interesting blogs and personal stories based on the experiences of a number of people just like you.

The Mental Health Foundation provides personal stories from people who have experience of mental health issues and includes accounts from carers and family members, and Young Minds is the UK's leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

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

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.
Find somewhere new to visit. Shropshire is a beautiful place with lots of interesting sights to see.
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.
Take one day at a time.
Try doing a crossword or Sudoku puzzle every now and again to keep you mentally healthy.
Why not try doing something new – when we challenge ourselves it exercises our brain.
If you are worried about yourself or someone else talk to a trusted friend, family member or GP.
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.
A good night'’s sleep can do wonders for your mental health.
Relax every now and again. Take time for yourself if you’re feeling stressed.
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.
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.
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.
Doing good can make us feel good.  For ideas in your community, check out our Downloads.
Join an online or offline group to find people with similar interests – you might meet some new friends.
Smiling can make ourselves and the people around us happy.