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Your Mental Health

Crisis Numbers

If you're feeling things are getting tough, please contact our local Crisis Line 0800 023 4650 or alternatively the Samaritans on 116 123. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

Alternatively, text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19.

Call 999 or go to A&E now if:
  • you do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe

  • someone's life is at risk – for example, they have seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose

 

A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You will not be wasting anyone's time.

Let’s talk about mental health.

 

The world is changing and were lucky to live in world where we are starting to talk about our mental health as normally as we do our physical health.

But there is still so much stigma.

We are here to tell you that your feelings are valid and that there is also another way of living and experiencing life. While each of us is responsible for our own healing and health we hope that we can help you along your journey.

Why am I feeling this way?

 

Our thoughts create our emotions, if we’re having repetiive negative emotions, the chances are we’re having lots of negative thoughts and are stuck in a cycle.

These thoughts might be about those in your life, your circumstances, your past, worries about the future or beliefs about yourself.

Understanding what I am experiencing

 

Firstly you are not alone. Most humans experience mental health problems during their lifetime.

There are ways which we can help you and ways you can help yourself.

What can I do to help myself?

Talk

 

Talk to people – family and friends, and people you feel safe with, and feel good when you share with them.

Speak with a professional – Talking therapy

To self-refer to the local talking therapies service in Brent, please call the following number: 0208 206 3924 or use this link.

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Movement

 

It is difficult to have a healthy mind without some sort of movement.

If the idea of exercise is intimidating or overwhelming, start small, but just start. An example might be a walk, jog or run for 2 mins, a longer walk than you would have previously done, registering for an online exercise class (perhaps with a friend – doing it with someone may encourage you to attend). Add a timer and remind on your clock.

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Speak to a Doctor

Complete an online consultation or call reception to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors.  We are always open to talking to you about your mental health.

  

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Meditation

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that meditation and mindfulness is good for our physical and mental well-being. There is no specific app that we endorse, however here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Headspace (free for students and those who are unemployed)

Breethe

Calm

There are also lots of free meditations online, find what suits you.

Resources

 

You can use these to educate yourself and get resourceful. Knowledge is potentional power – remember to put things into practice.

Extra resources, have a read of the following websites, there is some great information here in text and video form.

Self-esteem and Anxiety

 

1. Video on self esteem/assertiveness at the bottom of page: NHS Self Help

  

2. Video on anxiety: NHS Anxiety

 

This article on anxiety.

 

This anxiety self care guide.

3. Please have a look at these well-being apps:

Unmind

My Possible Self

The Hub of Hope

The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time.

Click on this link, enter your post code and find mental health resources local to you.

Insomnia

See this website on difficulties sleeping. It gives information on causes, lifestyle tips to sleep better and other treatment options.

 

The 10 rules for improved sleep hygiene are a great starting place.

Here is a longer book on managing insomnia and sleep problems.

 

Sleepio is a digital CBT program scientifically proven to help you sleep well without pills. Some people have had wonderful results using this online program.

Panic Attacks

Please have a look at this NHS page on panic attacks.

 

This PDF is also useful for self-help exercises and helpful organisations. 

Mindful Breath app uses exercises to help you control your breathing.

Arabic Resources

Useful Links

 

For our Arabic speaking pateints, please watch this video in Arabic on mental well-being.

Please have a read of this well-being guide which is in Arabic.

And please have a read of these web pages that can support your mental health:

Well-being

Stress and stress management

Problem solving and setting goals

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We are here for you.


Remember, asking for help is an act of courage.