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Looking after your mental health is important whatever the time of year

17 January 2020


At the start of this new year, Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are highlighting the importance of looking after your mental health.

For some, the month of January can exacerbate difficult thoughts and feelings. This is due to the ending of the festive period, an increase of debt and long dark winter days, however, it’s important to remember mental health affects people all through the year. 

Last year, in the UK, approximately one in four people experienced a mental health problem. These range from depression and anxiety, considered more common, to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder which are more rare.

Sometimes individuals that are experiencing mental health problems can feel alone, however, mental health problems are a common human experience and it can be helpful to talk about how you are feeling. 

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with thoughts and feelings local services across Bedfordshire and Luton, are available to offer support. Support can be accessed through a referral from a GP, or via self-referral by contacting the services below:

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service: Visit https://bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk/ or call 01234 880400.

Total Wellbeing Luton: Visit https://www.totalwellbeingluton.org/ or call 0300 555 4152.

For young people, aged 11 and 19, across Bedfordshire and Luton, there is a new online support service, Kooth: Visit https://www.kooth.com/

Samaritans: Visit https://www.samaritans.org/ or call 116 1234 for free.

Further support, and ideas on how to improve low mood, can be found on the NHS website, One You: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

If you are in a crisis and need urgent mental health support, please call: Bedford and Mid-Bedfordshire: 01234 315 691 Luton and South-Bedfordshire: 01582 556971

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