Looking After Your Mental Health

If you are feeling stressed or anxious there are things you can do to improve your wellbeing.
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Things to help you be happy

Feeling stressed or anxious?

Use breathing to stay calm and to relax
Breathe out for longer than you breathe in and focus on relaxing tense muscles. Give yourself time and find a technique that suits you.

Be kind to yourself
Try not to be critical of yourself and reward yourself when you accomplish things.

Improve your wellbeing and watch out for others...

Connect

  • Talk to someone.
  • Arrange a day out with friends or family.
  • Try switching off the TV to talk or play a game.
  • Have lunch with a colleague, friend or family member.

Be active

  • Find free activities to help you get fit.
  • Go for a daily walk.
  • If you’re disabled, find out getting active with a disability.
  • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, every day.

Take notice

  • Get a plant for your home or workspace.
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day.
  • Take notice of how your friends or colleagues are feeling or acting.
  • Visit a new place.

Learn

  • Read the news or a book.
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku.
  • Sign up for a class.
  • Learn to cook something new.

Give

  • Say thank you to someone for something they’ve done for you.
  • Ask friends, family or colleagues how they are.
  • Spend time with someone who needs support or company.
  • Volunteer in your community.

Mental Health Tips (E-Leaflet Downloads)

Tips To Happier Living (PDF Download)
Things To Help You Be Happy - EASY READ (PDF Download)

Information and advice on keeping your mind and body healthy as you get older.

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Mental Health Support in Haringey

If you need help for a mental health crisis or emergency, you can speak to a qualified mental health professional and access information and advice on 0800 151 0023. The Haringey crisis phone lines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Mind in Haringey

Support for people who have experienced mental health problems.

020 8340 2474

Samaritans North London

Whatever you’re going through, get in touch. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

0330 094 5717 (local branch)

116 123 (free national line)

Let’s Talk IAPT

Online NHS service providing worry and low mood therapies to people aged 16+.

020 3074 2280

Kooth

Free, online, safe and anonymous support for young people aged 11-18 and up to 25 with additional needs.

NHS GO

Confidential health advice and information service for 16-25 year olds.

Rethink Mental Illness - NCL Support After Suicide

For people who have been bereaved by suicide.

Good Thinking

Online service supporting Londoners to look after their mental health.

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