Updated: Sep 23, 2022
Thank you so much for joining in our Sadness Diet and the journey to happier times
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I hope you enjoyed celebrating taking part in our Sadness Diet.
Today we will look at some help and support available to us and this information is from the Action for Happiness website – it is an amazing organisation who does so much to help spread happiness and wellbeing.
Weighed Down by Problems? Want Help Feeling Better? http://www.actionforhappiness.org/unhappy
If you're struggling with anxiety or depression or are just having problems coping, you're not alone.
One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.
The first stop should be your Doctor, where you can find out which therapies and treatments are available. They will be able to direct you to the appropriate treatment.
Don't feel worried about going - your Doctor is there to help with your mental, as well as your physical. health.
Most Doctors see people every day who are feeling anxious, depressed or are having problems coping and want someone to talk to.
In order to help, your doctor will try to find out what's bothering you. It could be anything from work stress and anxiety to relationship problems, poor housing or living with a chronic illness.
Types of Support Available
Anyone can ask their Doctor for talking therapy. Exactly what kind of therapy you will be referred to will depend on what the problem is.
See section below for more information on different types of therapy.
If you and your Doctor agree that you would benefit from medication, there are various options that can help with conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, mania and other mental health problems.
More serious mental health problems such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia require specialist care, and you will be referred to a psychiatrist at the local hospital and/or the local community mental health team.
In an emergency, if your local surgery is closed, go to a hospital's A&E desk and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty.
If you feel suicidal... It's important to talk to someone you trust, for example, a family member, friend, teacher.
Tell your doctor who will help you get the support you need, or you can call the Samaritans 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90.
For more information on any of the above, please visit the Action for Happiness Website http://www.actionforhappiness.org/unhappy
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” ~ Goethe
If you feel weighed down by your problems, please, please don’t suffer alone, talk to one of the organisations listed above or email me email@example.com or call me and we could have a chat 07429 407981.
Tomorrow I am going to show you how to make your own gift of a smile box, so it would be good if you could get an empty shoe box or any box, or just plain paper which you can use to create your own box as well as coloured pencils, and things you could use to decorate your box.