Looking after your mental health

A quarter of us will experience problems with our mental wellbeing in our lifetime.  

We need to look after our mental health just as much as our physical health. There is a wide range of services and support available. 

If you are worried about your mental health, speak to someone as soon as possible. 

If you or someone you know needs urgent help: 

  • Call 999 or go to A&E if it is an emergency and there is a risk of harm 

  • If you need urgent help for your mental health but it is not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online, or call 111 and select option 2 

  • Alternatively, if you live in Hertfordshire, you can contact the Single Point of Access Mental Health Helpline on 0800 6444 101. This is run by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) 

These options are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

If you are worried about your mental health, you can speak to your GP. The national charity Mind has advice you might find helpful before you have this conversation. 

If you are 18 or over, you can access NHS psychological therapies (IAPT) services. These services offer talking therapies and help for common mental health problems. Find out more about IAPT services

There are several charities that offer free support to anyone who needs it, such as Samaritans. You can call Samaritans for free anytime on 116 123, or find another way to contact a Samaritan

The Mental Health Foundation has more information on other ways to get help and support for your mental health

Visit the NHS Better Health website for advice on looking after your mental health. There is also advice on children and young people’s mental health.  

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