What is mental health and wellbeing

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social health. Mental wellbeing can be described as feeling good and functioning well.

Our mental health and wellbeing affects how we think, feel and act. 

Get help in a mental health emergency, if you or someone you know is at risk of harming themselves or others.

What you can do

Read the 5 ways to mental wellbeing leaflet, for suggestions of things you can do in your everyday life to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

NHS choices has information on mental health related issues, including stress, anxiety and depression.

Mind Brighton & Hove can support you, and they have a directory of mental health and wellbeing apps you can download for free.

You can also find apps recommended by the NHS in the NHS apps library. 

For courses to help you understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing, phone Sussex Recovery College on 01273 749 500, or visit their website. 

If you want to be more active, find free and low cost activities supported by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Reading Well Books on Prescription are self-help books that help with stress, depression, anxiety and dementia. The books are recommended by health experts and people with experience of these conditions.

Suicide prevention training

Find out about Grassroots training courses. They can help you learn what to do if someone’s suicidal.

Help if you've lost someone as a result of suicide

If you’ve been bereaved by suicide, you may find the help is at hand booklet helpful.

Where you can get help

If you’re worried about your mental health or wellbeing speak to your GP. They can give you advice about the support and treatment that’s available. 

Contact the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service to find out about talking therapies, workshops and courses. They can support with things like:

  • depression
  • anxiety or worry
  • social anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • traumatic memories
  • obsessive compulsive disorder

Find mental health and wellbeing services on the the NHS Sussex Partnership Trust website. These services are free, but your GP has to refer you.

If you need help to express your views and wishes, find out how an advocate could help you.

More information

Find other local mental health services on the My Life directory.

Get more information about mental health services on NHS.UK.