Mental health issues are very common. In fact, 1 in 4 of us will experience a problem with our mental wellbeing in our lifetime.
If you’re one of them or you think you might be, there are two things we’d like to tell you:
- You are not alone;
- Inclusion Thurrock can help you.
Inclusion Thurrock is a free psychological therapy service and Recovery College for those wanting to access talking therapies in the borough. Their website also has a lot of helpful information and questionnaires for people who think they might have a problem.
The service is completely confidential and you can even refer yourself online.
Please follow this link or call them direct on 01375 898 680 to find out more.
Need urgent help?
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please follow this link.
Be a friend to yourself
If a friend told you they’d broken their legs and hadn’t been to the hospital, you’d tell them some people are worse off and then literally drag them out to a club to get over the excruciating agony, right? After all, what’s better for shattered femurs than a night of dancing?
No, of course you wouldn’t, but that’s the kind of friend we are to ourselves sometimes when it comes to our mental health.
Rubbish things like stress, sadness and anxious thoughts are a part of life in small doses, but if you find that the feelings don’t go away or they affect your ability to do or enjoy things, please seek help and advice. You don’t have to put up with it.
It’s not uncommon to think we can push through it or maybe even feel that we deserve to feel bad, but that’s the bad friend talking. Listen to the good friend and please seek help if you’re struggling.
Speaking to your GP is often a great first step if you’re experiencing problems with your mental wellbeing, but there are other forms of help available, too. Find out more on the Thurrock Council website by clicking here.