Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
What is it?
Good mental health is a sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. It enables us to fully enjoy and appreciate other people, day to day life and our environment.
What can affect my mental health?
It can be useful to understand mental health and well being as being a continuum naturally fluctuating in response to life events and situations e.g. job loss, family breakdown, bereavement. People will respond differently to these issues and it is important to recognise that these experiences can have an impact on our mental health.
What is mental ill health?
Anyone can experience mental ill health in the same way as we can experience physical ill health, this can be mild, moderate or severe. It is estimated that one in four people in Northern Ireland will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives. It is important to seek help if you are concerned about yourself or someone else.
Where can I find help?
Contact your Doctor (GP)
If you are concerned about your own mental health contact your GP, who can help you decide what level of support you need. They will be able to refer you into Mental Health services if necessary.
Lisburn Wellbeing Hub
At the Lisburn Wellbeing Hub we work in partnership with a range of local self-help and talking therapy services to improve emotional health.
Connect with the Hub if you would like support with low mood, stress or anxiety. Referrals come from GP surgeries in the Lisburn area.
Ask your GP for details if you are registered with a surgery in the Lisburn area. Our staff will contact you to discuss your emotional health and wellbeing needs and will support you in connecting with a range of local self-help and talking therapy services.
You can contact the Hub by Telephone: (028) 9598 8003 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone lines are monitored Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 1.30pm and our email address is monitored periodically.
For urgent enquiries please contact your GP or Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.
Lifeline is a crisis response helpline service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week if you are in distress or despair and talk to a trained counsellor in confidence.
Telephone: 0808 808 8000
Deaf and hard of hearing text phone users can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 or www.lifelinehelpline.info
This provides contact details for a range of NI bases helplines, offering free information and advice at www.helplinesnetworkni.com
If you work, your employer may provide an occupational health service where you can get help and support.
Talk to a family member or friend
Sometimes it can be a relief just to tell someone that you are struggling. Your friends care about you and can often offer a different way of looking at the problem.
See the range of self-help guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp. This covers a range of mental Health issues.
Other good websites on the internet that can offer advice and support.
Some options are:
Protecting your mental health and emotional wellbeing (Take 5)
We all have a sense of when we are feeling mentally and physically well. But sometimes we need a gentle nudge to look after ourselves and to stay well. The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ are about taking action and making conscious and deliberate choices to look after our wellbeing. The ideas that follow are simple evidence based actions that are applicable to people in all walks of life.
With one in four people today experiencing mental health distress during their lifetime, there’s never been a better time for you to take responsibility for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing.
With the people around you - with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
If you are a carer or involved in a caring role, you may have lots of contact that relates to supporting others. This can lead to loss of contact opportunities, people and things to support you.
As with all things in life a balance is needed. We should try and seek out ‘positive’ connections to balance time spent with distress.
By making choices and consciously attending to the connections we make, we can become more control of our lives. Take up the driving seat and become committed to living well
Being well connected is associated with increased mental health and wellbeing.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
It can be hard to feel motivated to learn all the time, especially if because of our work or other roles we are told we have to learn something specific, whether we are interested or not. If this has been your experience and your interest in learning has been ‘spoiled’, it can be rediscovered.
Learning new skills and practising and refining old ones are keys to both personal and professional growth. It keeps us interested and focused, breaking the monotony of life and opening new possibilities
A life style that includes valuing learning is positively associated with mental health and wellbeing.
People who are active have improved mental health and wellbeing. Go for a walk or run. Step outside, cycle, play a game, garden, dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Different people engage in different forms and different levels of activity. Being active is important for both our physical and mental health. Small changes in levels of activity can make a big difference. Just 10 minutes of physical activity has been shown to be beneficial for mental wellbeing.
Sometimes people feel guilty about taking a break from their work/role to do physical activity. It can be seen as wasting valuable time which could be spent doing what needs done.
In actual fact when we take a 5 minute break to positively refresh ourselves, we can end up in a more resourceful state and then use our time more productively.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the seasons as they change. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Most of us are fairly busy. Our mind is active throughout the day. We constantly seem to be doing something. We focus on the next step and the next task in hand.
Mostly we forget to take notice, to be aware and mindful of our surroundings. To take notice is to be in the present, in the here and now and to tune in not only to our bodily sensations, our breathing and our experiences but also to what is going on in our surroundings.
Remember, the value of taking action, doing something. Notice when we are connecting, notice when we are active, notice when we are learning something new. Notice when we are giving. Choose to feel good about the action we are taking. Taking notice, being aware and mindful is associated with mental health and wellbeing.
Do something nice for a friend, or stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself and your happiness as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Every relationship is one of give and take. The more we give the more we receive. Giving is associated with mental wellbeing.
There is a difference though in giving for the sake of politeness, obligation or duty and giving because your intention is to feel good and make the other person feel good. When you are in the frame of mind in which you feel good in the very act of giving, this is going to enhance your wellbeing and can contribute to the wellbeing of the person whose life you touch.
When you give, give openly and from the heart. There are many opportunities to give in small ways every day. For example:
• Giving a smile, a compliment, encouragement
• Giving a hand, giving away to another car
• Giving your time, a silent wish or prayer
• Give yourself the gift of connecting, being active, of noticing
• Give thanks, being grateful for whatever good is happening in your life
Some people say that they find giving easy but don’t feel as comfortable to receive. This can be especially true when it comes to compliments. Giving is a two way process – you acceptance of what someone else gives is good for them as well as you. By becoming more comfortable with the give and take of everyday life we build ourselves up as well as give opportunities to others. People who enjoy giving and are open to receiving have improved mental health and wellbeing.
What training is available?
A range of free Mental Health Training is available to anyone living or working in the South Eastern Trust Area.
The training includes:
- Mental Health First Aid: 2 full days training
- Safe TALK: 3-4 hours training
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training): 2 full days
- Understanding Self -harm: 3-4 hours
- Engage for Young Men: 1 full day
- Low level CBT: 1 full day
- Positive Steps T4T – 4 hours
- Take 5 T4T – 3 hours
For further information or to book a place please contact Eileen Young on Eileen.Young@setrust.hscni.net
The college run a number of co-produced educational courses and workshops. These are available to people who use the South Eastern HSC Trust services, their supporters (family, friends or carers) and staff.
Positive Steps Programme
Positive Steps is a flexible and interactive mental health promotional programme that can be used with virtually any group. This 10 step programme encourages people to look at life, to discover what influences their health and provides practical opportunities to enhance mental health and emotional wellbeing.
For further information contact: Alison.email@example.com
Take 5 Ambassador Training
The Take 5 Ambassador Training raises awareness and understanding of the Take 5 concept and provides resources necessary to disseminate this message to their local community.
This resource was developed by the Belfast Strategic Partnership to promote Take 5 to individual, communities and organisations. It can be downloaded at www.makinglifebettertogether.com
A range of resources are available including the following leaflets:
- Take 5
- Everybody Hurts Sometime – Lifeline Flyer
- Steps to deal with stress
- Promoting positive mental health a work guide for employers
- What happens in the Emergency Department- A patients guide
- Improving the lives of people who self –harm
- Caring for someone who has self-harmed or has suicidal thoughts – a family guide
- Bereaved by Suicide Support Service
- Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing- SE Trust area Z card
The resources for the South Eastern H&SC Trust are stored in CRIS in Knockbracken, Belfast. To order materials please contact Gerard Ranaghan Telephone (028)9504 4846 or email: Gerald.firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful Resources, Links and Self-Help Guides
- Resources poster
- Positive Steps leaflet
- Steps to cope with stress
- Flourishing Society
- Foresight Report
- Bereaved by Suicide
- Concerned about suicide
- Children & suicide (Barnardos booklet)
- Caring for someone who is suicidal
- Protect Life Strategy
- So Your Mum or Dad has a Mental Illness (Leaflet for Young People)
- So Your Mum or Dad has a Mental Illness (Leaflet for Younger Children)
- 5 Steps to Wellbeing
- Coffee and Connect Information pack
- Alcohol & You
- Controlling Anger
- Depression & Low Mood
- Eating Disorders
- Food for Thought
- Health Anxiety
- Hearing Voices
- Obsessions & Compulsions
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Postnatal Depression
- Prisoner Anxiety
- Prisoner Depression & Low Mood
- Prisoner Post Traumatic Stress
- Self Harm
- Shyness & Social Anxiety
- Sleeping Problems
Working Together to Promote Mental Wellbeing Regional Campaign
The campaign is being launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA)
along with five Health and Social Care Trusts, the NI Ambulance Service and the Health and Social Care Board, who with the community and voluntary sectors will work together to promote ways to support our mental wellbeing, with coordinated messages and links to support on social media including to the updated resources website: www.mindingyourhead.info
This campaign will start on 7th September and will incorporate World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September) and finish on World Mental Health Day (10th October).
Over the next five weeks the campaign will focus on the ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’, which offers practical ideas to help support people with protecting and improving their own mental wellbeing and those around them.
The Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing are evidence based, easy to follow steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing. The steps are-Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.
Get involved by sharing the social media posts and using the hastag#MentalwellbeingNI2020
Click here to access the calendar of events.
Take 5 Materials
World Suicide Prevention Day
Observed on September 10th, every year, World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) provides the opportunity for people, across the globe, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.
What can you or your organisation do to support this day?
This Thursday, September 10th, join with us and many others across the worlds that are playing their part in the prevention of suicide. To optimise your activities be sure to involve or invite other local organisations and collaborators to organise an event to mark WSPD 2020
Three simple things that everyone can do to offer support:
- Save the Lifeline number to your phone
- Light a candle on a window at 8pm on Thursday 10th September 2020. To show your support for suicide Prevention, to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of Suicide – https://www.iasp.info/wspd2020/
- Complete the Towards Zero Suicide Training at: https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is held on 10th October every year. The goal is to help raise mental health awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide
What can you or your organisation do to support this day?
This has been a difficult year for many people with the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to restrictions many people have become disconnected from their usual support networks.
For World Mental Health Day we are encouraging people to ‘reconnect’ safely with their family, friends and wider community. This may be as simple as organising a get together over a cup of coffee for a chat.
We have developed:
- A ‘Coffee and Reconnect’ Information Pack –A simple guide to encourage everyone to reconnect with others
- You’re invited! Postcard– An invitation which can be sent to someone you haven’t seen for a while.
- A Guide to Reconnect during Covid-19. This booklet will help individuals to reconnect with the Take 5 messages
A range of mental health related training is available from both the Health Development Department and the Recovery College.
The Health Development Department delivers free mental health and suicide prevention training. This is open to anyone working or living in the South Eastern H&SC Trust area.
The Recovery College offers free educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to increase your knowledge and skills and promote self-management. Courses are available to anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing. More information can be found at: https://setrust.hscni.net/service/recovery-college/
For further information please contact: Alison.email@example.com