Mental health difficulties are common. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or worried. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. It is estimated that as many as one in four of us may experience significant mental health difficulties in our lifetime. We are all very likely to know someone who experiences such difficulties. Because of this, mental health is everyone’s business.
Maintaining Good Mental Health
Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems, although good mental health is likely to help protect against development of many such problems. Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:
- the ability to learn
- the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
- the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
- the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty
Mental health conditions range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. Anxiety and depression are the most common forms of mental disorder, while a much smaller number of people can develop serious conditions such as psychoses. The majority of people who experience mental health problems can recover from them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.
Organic forms of mental disorder such as dementia become increasingly common as we get older.
You can help keep yourself in good mental health by:
- talking about your feelings
- keeping active
- eating well
- drinking sensibly
- keeping in touch with friends and loved ones
- asking for help when you need it
- taking a break
- doing something you’re good at and enjoy
- accepting who you are
- caring for others
- thinking positively
Primary care mental health services in Sefton are provided by South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sefton Council and a range of voluntary services within a multi agency public health partnership. Specialist mental health services for people with more complex problems are provided jointly by Mersey Care NHS Trust and Sefton Council’s Adult Social Care Department, in collaboration with a number of voluntary and private sector organisations.
Sefton Council’s Adult Social Care Department has seconded its adult mental health social care staff to Mersey Care NHS Trust and many of their community based adult mental health services in the borough are provided under a Partnership Agreement between the two organisations.
A Sefton Mental Health Services Directory has been produced, see link below.
You can also find details of organisations to keep you active, healthy and well in The Sefton Directory.