Fear of stigma or discrimination means that many people with mental health problems are afraid to talk about how they are manging day to day, which in turn can make them feel very isolated and alone.
Recognising that you may have a mental health problem and taking the first steps to get help can be difficult but it is worth remembering that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives.
Mental health covers a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dementia, as well as Seasonable Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression that people often experience in the winter months.
Support available for you and your family
Within Surrey Heartlands CCG the Mental Health Commissioning team are responsible for purchasing mental health services on behalf of the local Surrey population. To enable easier access to services a number of them do not require you to speak to your GP first, instead you can go directly to the service for support.
Trying to understand which of the services best suits your needs can be difficult especially if you have never heard of them. To assist you in how to work out which service may be useful for you please take a look at the Mental Wellbeing section of the Healthy Surrey website. There are lots of useful resources on this website, along with a comprehensive list of local support services and resources for mental health and emotional wellbeing such as:
- Local services in Surrey for psychological support or money management and debt
- Veteran support
- Places to contact in times of crisis
Which service could be right for you in Surrey?
First Steps: advice and support guide (via Healthy Surrey website)
Other sources of support
National charities also offer a range of information and advice on mental health topics to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness and carers. Specialist support from the national charity Carers UK also provides a wealth of resources specifically for families and carers.
If you think you may need further psychological support or are unsure about what help might be best for you, please do contact your GP to seek advice.