Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Specialist support is available to children and young people with a range of complex mental and emotional health issues, on the Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust website.
For more general information and advice, visit the national NHS website.
Kooth.com is a free, anonymous, confidential online counselling, advice and support service for young people aged 11-19 years living in Lincolnshire.
Older people can suffer from mental health problems, just like anyone else and specific services are available to elderly people.
You can also download the Lincolnshire Joint Strategy for Dementia 2018-21.
For information about local mental health services for older adults visit the Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust website.
steps2change is a free NHS talking therapies service. It is provided by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It’s a service for adults in Lincolnshire who are experiencing problems with anxiety, depression, stress and offers help with issues like bereavement or the impact of a traumatic event.
Please note that steps2change Lincolnshire is for mild to moderate mental health problems and cannot provide an urgent/emergency service.
You can self-refer to steps2change by going steps2change.
Recovery College uses an educational based approach to mental health to help people recognise and develop their personal resourcefulness and awareness in order to become experts in their self-care, make informed choices and do the things they want to in life.
All courses are co-designed and co-delivered by experts with lived experience of mental ill health, peer trainers and expert health professionals. To find out more about courses on offer, visit their website.
Community Mental Health Teams
Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) provide recovery-based interventions and support people to live with a mental health condition. This service is for people who have a severe or long-term mental illness. To access support of CMHTs you need to be referred by your GP. More information is available from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website.
Mental Health Hub
It is normal for people to feel over-whelmed or anxious, especially when they are facing life changing situations such as a relationship breakdown, unemployment, homelessness, addiction, or the death of a loved one.
Often people don't seek support early enough and find themselves reaching crisis point, resulting in involvement from the emergency services. Since 2017, local partners have been working together to develop an exciting new vision to support people long before they reach crisis point. It was from this that the concept for the Mental Health Hub was born.
Mental Health Helpline
Mental Health Matters provides a Mental Health Helpline with a 24/7 telephone response. The Helpline supports the people of Lincolnshire, offering signposting and advice and guidance related to their support needs.
The Helpline is for people with mental health problems and issues, for their carers, families and friends. The Team can offer emotional guidance and information and help people who may be feeling low, anxious or stressed or in extreme emotional distress and feel that there is nowhere else to turn. Support is also provided to people caring for another person and finding it difficult to cope. The service is confidential unless it is considered there is a risk to yourself or others.
The free number for Lincolnshire is 0800 0014331
If you are feeling suicidal, there are people you can talk to who want to help:
- speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust as they may be able to help you calm down and find some breathing space
- call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123
- go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and tell the staff how you are feeling
- contact NHS 111
- make an urgent appointment to see your GP
For further advice and support, visit the national NHS website.
Help is at Hand offers support after someone may have died by suicide.