Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Every year, one in four adults will experience a mental health problem, and many more of us know and care for people who suffer from mental illness.
Where to go for help and support
If you are experiencing mental health problems and need help, please speak to your GP in the first instance. Your GP will discuss the issues you are facing and will make a referral, where appropriate, to get the support you need.
For urgent help
If you, a friend or a family member are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the NHS Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0800 6444 101. This free phone service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you need someone to talk to or to listen to you, please call the Samaritans on 116 123. The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Mental health support for men
Research suggests that men are less likely to seek early help when they experience mental health problems. Heads Up aims to help men to recognise when and if they are feeling low and provide resources to help you take action.
Don't be scared to talk about suicide. Although it can be a difficult conversation to have, if you, or someone you know, is having suicidal thoughts it is important to tell someone.
Help is available right now. Here is a list of free helplines from the NHS website.
Other support organisations
Mind in Mid Herts – a local charity and experienced provider of mental health services in Hertfordshire.
Resolve North Herts Service - if you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, Resolve can help you to help yourself.
For mild to moderate mental health issues
The NHS Wellbeing Service offers short term support to people with mild to moderate mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
North Herts Healthy Hub is a health and wellbeing support service where you can access health services, mental health advice and support.
Every Mind Matters is a campaign launched by Public Health England. The website provides NHS-endorsed tips and advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. It also provides help and advice for parents and carers.
For more information and details of further organisations that can help, please see the Herts Help website or contact them on 0300 123 4044.