As many as one in four people will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
Whether you’re lonely, concerned about money or debt, are coping with bereavement, feel overwhelmed after being diagnosed with a new medical condition, or just feel a bit stressed or down – it is important to know that you are not alone.
There is plenty of help in Croydon to improve your mental well-being.
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Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but long periods of loneliness or social isolation can all have a negative impact on your physical, mental and social health.
Signs include feeling low, worthless or hopeless, or being tired with no ‘get up and go’. You may also have trouble sleeping, have lost your appetite and may feel that the answer lies in alcohol, smoking, medications and drugs.
But you can beat these feelings, even if you have no friends or family nearby:
• Get out and about – regular outings for social functions, exercise, visiting friends, doing shopping, or simply going to public places can help
• Get involved in your community – Try a new (or old) hobby, join a club, enrol in study, or learn a new skill.
• Volunteer – helping others is a great way to help yourself feel more connected
• Consider getting a pet – pets are wonderful companions and can provide comfort and support during times of stress, ill-health or isolation
Croydon Voluntary Action can put you in touch with local organisations which can help you feel more involved in local life.
Exercise your way to a better mood
Regular exercise can improve your mood – whatever the state of your physical or mental health. Any type of exercise will do, as long as you enjoy it, and do it regularly.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you will need professional help to improve your mood and mental wellbeing. It is important to seek help if you feel you are not coping well on your own.
In Croydon there is a range of mental health services to help you.
Other sources of advice
NHS Croydon CCG has put together a list of online resources designed to help people diagnosed with a mental health condition to have more of a say in the decisions that are made about their treatment.
To get in touch with services and organisations in Croydon that offer support to people with mental health problems: