Mental health and wellbeing
One in four adults experiences at least one mental health problem in any given year. People in all walks of life can be affected at any point in their lives. Mental health problems represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK.
Whether you're concerned about your own mental health or that of someone else, making the decision to seek help is a positive step. If you choose to seek medical help then the various options that may be available can make the process seem hard to navigate, and perhaps a little off-putting.
For many, the first contact with a professional can be extremely daunting. How do I explain how I am feeling? What will happen to me? What if I get upset and start to cry? Will I have to take medication? Often our thoughts are negative, and yet we're seeking help because we want things to change, to feel better, to improve our situation. The first appointment can be the first step towards achieving this.
How do I ask for help?
There are a number of ways you can get help:
- Call the Shropshire/Telford & Wrekin ACCESS service on 0808 196 4501
- Call Shropshire Psychological Therapies on 0300 123 6020
- Contact the Mental Health Social Work Team on 01743 255895 (or to find out more about the services they offer follow this link)
- Attend one of the Let's Talk Mental Health Hub drop-in sessions or make an appointment (follow this link for hub locations)
- You may want to talk this over with your GP first, who can arrange a referral if needed.