Good mental health

Importance of mental wellbeing - including tips for better mental wellbeing

Doncaster Council is supporting World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday 10th September 2020

With World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) being held on Thursday 10th September, residents are reminded that it’s ok to talk and that support is available locally.  WSPD is an annual awareness raising event organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

People can feel suicidal for any number of reasons which can often relate to stressful life events such as the loss of a job, family breakdown and conflict including divorce, debt, imprisonment and bereavement but for many people, it is the combination of factors which is important rather than one single factor. This year people may be suffering more than usual due to feelings of isolation and associated issues as a result of the Corona Virus lockdown.

The IASP are encouraging us all to play a part and make a difference. Suicide is preventable and that by listening without judgement, educating ourselves and others, challenging stigma and working together, we can all help to save lives.

“Every day, we lose many lives to suicide, and many more are profoundly impacted by their deaths. We acknowledge all who experience the challenges of suicidal ideation, and those who have lost loved ones through suicide.” (IASP).

Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention! You can make a difference - as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour.

Everyone can make a contribution in preventing suicide. Suicidal behaviour is universal, knows no boundaries so it affects everyone.

This WSPD and everyday take a minute to reach out to someone – a complete stranger, a work colleague, a close family member or a friend – this can change a life;

We are all part of a community, linked to family, friends, work colleagues, neighbours or teams – but sometimes we become isolated or disconnected.  We have a responsibility to support and empower those who become vulnerable in our communities.   

If you are worried about someone in your community reach out and ask them “are you okay?”

By simply checking in with them and offering non-judgemental support you can make a difference.

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Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life:

  1. Connect – talk to someone
  2. Be active – move more
  3. Take notice – look around
  4. Learn – do something new
  5. Give – be kind

 If you would like advice or guidance with mental health issues, there are a number of organisations that can help:

  • Call Doncaster Samaritans free on 01302 327474
  • Call Doncaster Mind on 01302 812190 or visit www.mind.org.uk;
  • Contact the Doncaster Talking Shop on 01302 565650 or call in at The Flying Scotsman Centre, St. Sepulchre Gate West, Doncaster, DN1 3AP;
  • CALM, thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858

Mental health, sometimes called emotional health, is just as important as physical health.

Mental health problems are very common, about a quarter of the population experience some kind of mental health problem in any one year. 

Many people who live with a mental health problem, or are developing one, try to keep their feelings hidden because they are afraid of other people’s reactions. People feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much.

We all have times when we don’t feel ourselves, feel sad or stressed and struggle to cope with day-to-day life. This could be for a number of reasons such as:

  • following the loss of someone close to us
  • loneliness
  • relationship problems
  • or worrying about money or work 

Most of the time these feelings pass quite quickly, but sometimes they can develop into a longer periods of poor mental health.

The majority of people who experience mental health problems can get over them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.

Top ten tips for better mental wellbeing:

  1. talk about the way you feel: if you are facing a difficult time, talking about the way you feel with someone you know and trust can often help

  2. be active: find something you enjoy and make it part of your life. Regular exercise, particularly outdoors, can help you feel good, relieve stress and lift your mood

  3. eat well: there are strong links between what we eat and how we feel. Eating healthy foods at regular intervals with plenty of water will help you feel better and increase your energy levels

  4. sleep well: by having a good sleep routine you may find you are less irritable and more able to cope

  5. drink sensibly: limit your alcohol intake and avoid cigarettes and other drugs. We often drink alcohol to change our mood and some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary

  6. keep in touch: strong family ties and supportive friends can help you deal with the stresses of life

  7. ask for help: none of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong

  8. do something you're good at: what do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past?

  9. take a break - relax: a change of scenery or a change of pace is good for your mental health. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me time’

  10. do something for somebody else: helping a friend or relative with chores or volunteering can help you improve your self-confidence and meet new people

More information:

  • call or visit the Talking Shop in Doncaster Town Centre (The Flying Scotsman Health Centre, St Sepulchre Gate West, Doncaster, DN1 3AP), Phone 01302 565650. The Talking Shop in Doncaster is a drop-in advice shop which gives people the opportunity to browse information on mental health issues including prevention and self-help information and also to gain information about the services available
  • speak to your GP
  • NHS Choices website
  • RDASH- Leading the way with care
  • Mind
  • Your Life Doncaster

For NHS approved apps, please visit apps page

For further information, please contact us: 

Last updated: 09 September 2020 17:27:04