People in West Norfolk are being reminded about the help and advice they can seek for their mental health.
It comes as World Mental Health Day on October 10 highlights conditions and the need to get help with their wellbeing.
Bill Borrett, the county councillor responsible for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Everyone should prioritise looking after their own mental wellbeing and that of family and friends. This leads all of us to live happier, healthier lives – we may find we become better equipped to deal with problems, we sleep better and have more positive relationships.
“Making time each day to support our wellbeing is not as hard as you think, it is simple things like taking your dog for a walk, meeting up with a friend or starting up a new hobby – they can all help you to feel brighter and more positive. I’d encourage everyone to take a look at Every Mind Matters, an excellent online tool endorsed by the NHS. There’s a wealth of information from wellbeing and self-help tips, to exercise advice and a free, personalised Mind Plan to help with issues such as anxiety and low mood”.
Dr Ardyn Ross, GP and Clinical Mental Health Lead for NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said: “We all have mental health – sometimes it’s good and sometimes we need support with it to stay well. Prevention is the best cure and there are many local resources that can support with your mental wellbeing, please do take a look at Improving Lives Together
“We also have five community Wellbeing Hubs where people can drop in, without an appointment, to discuss their health and wellbeing and any issues that are affecting their mental health.
“As winter approaches and the days grow shorter, it’s important to find positive ways of looking after ourselves. If you start to feel unsafe, or distressed, you can contact the urgent mental health helpline by calling 111 and selecting the mental health option.”