Mental Health & Wellbeing

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What is a mental health problem?

Mental health problems are among the most common of all health conditions. One in four people will experience some kind of mental health difficulty in their lives.

Everyone can feel low, stressed, anxious or unable to cope from time to time. They're all normal responses to life's challenges. But it’s when these very normal emotional experiences have unhelpful effects on someone's day-to-day life that they are deemed to be a mental health condition. Most people recover, but long-term problems can lead to considerable disruption in people's lives. Most commonly, these are depression and some form of anxiety.

Mental health includes problems such as depression, anxiety or panic and less common psychotic symptoms, which interfere with a person's perception of reality, and may include hallucinations such as seeing and hearing things that no-one else can.

Mental health problems are common - but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. Time To Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

 

How do I get help with a mental health problem?

A number of organisations across Wiltshire have worked in partnership to develop a mental health leaflet to raise awareness of the manageable and practical things people can do to lead a healthier, happier life. 

If you, a friend or relative are experiencing mental health problems for the first time and need treatment, you can contact your GP (doctor) who will be able to refer you to the most appropriate mental health service. If you are not registered with a doctor, visit the GP search on the NHS Choices website to find your local GP surgery.

If you, a friend or relative are experiencing mental health problems for the first time and need treatment, you can contact your GP (doctor) who will be able to refer you to the most appropriate mental health service. If you are not registered with a doctor, visit the GP search on the NHS Choices website to find your local GP surgery.

You can also contact Adult Care who can provide you with an assessment of need and advice

 

Referral to the Primary Care Liaison Service

Primary care liaison nurses operate alongside GP’s; they are specialist and experienced mental health practitioners who have the knowledge and skills to decide if someone will benefit from short-term involvement with their team.

The nurses deliver direct patient assessment as well as managing referrals. They operate alongside GPs and other primary care staff to plan treatment and care. They help people to find the best service to meet their needs by offering:

  • Advice on books, leaflets and websites that will help people to help themselves
  • Referral to other groups, as appropriate, or access to other mental health teams
  • Advice and support to primary care professionals.

To access this service you will be referred by your GP or other health or social care professional

You can also contact Adult Care who can provide you with an assessment and advice. 

Visit the our Mental Health Social care Services page for more information

 

Our strategic aims

Our aim for Wiltshire is to create environments and communities that will keep people well across their lifetime, achieving and sustaining good mental health and wellbeing for all.  We will do this through six areas of activity

  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Promoting emotional wellbeing and tackling stigma and discrimination
  • Personalised recovery based services with a wellbeing perspective
  • Effective and efficient use of resources to ensure value for money
  • Closer collaboration with service users, families and carers in the development of services
  • Joint working with a wider group of statutory services

 

Other sources of useful information

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides a range of high quality mental health services across a core catchment area covering Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire 

The NHS Choices website provides a range of information about mental health

 

Mental health conditions

Agoraphobia

Anxiety

Bipolar disorder

Borderline personality disorder

Depression (clinical)

Depression (low mood)

Dissociative disorders

Eating disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Panic disorder

Personality disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Psychosis

Schizophrenia

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Self-harm

Stress

 

Managing mental health

Veterans' mental health

Bereavement

Bullying

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Depression self-assessment

Moodzone

Mood self-assessment

Psychiatry

Psychotherapy

Videos: mental health

Living Life To The Full - free online courses covering low mood and stress

 

Specialist psychological service for anxiety and related problems - Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Wiltshire IAPT Service : Psychology in Wiltshire

Specialised treatment for eating disorders (STEPS) - Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Health A-Z - Conditions and treatments by subject - Mental health disorders

Mental health helplines - Stress, anxiety and depression - NHS Choices

Accessing mental health services - NHS services - NHS Choices

Drug and Alcohol Services (SDAS) - Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Mental health services for drug and alcohol misuse

Drug and alcohol services for young people | Wiltshire Council

Suicidal feelings - Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

on your mind – for children and young people in Wiltshire

Prevention of young suicide UK | PAPYRUS

Rape and sexual abuse support in Wiltshire