Mental Health

Participating in physical activity also improves mental health

Participating in physical activity can help to lower the risk of depression and reduces cognitive decline. Taking part in sport and physical activity can also boost productivity. Physical activity and sports participation can develop a sense of shared purpose and contribute to community cohesion. Sport is successful in bringing people from different communities together and forging strong, new friendships and creating a sense of pride and belonging within their communities. Here, we have a list of resources that may be able to assist you if you’re in mental health crisis or if you’re looking for general advice and guidance about mental well-being.

The Marlowes Health and Wellbeing Centre is situated in the middle of Hemel Hempstead; a state-of-the-art health and wellbeing centre is a joint venture between HPFT and Hertfordshire Community Trust (HCT). It is home to community mental health services for adults and children provided by HPFT, along with a range of physical services provided by HCT.

When you’re feeling low, it can be difficult to feel connected to others or the things you usually enjoy. Some studies show that practising mindfulness, where you give full attention to the present moment, can help to manage depression.

See Mind’s mindfulness pages for more information, including exercises to try.

Herts4Men is A social media platform, designed to break the stigma and allow men to have an open space to reach out to. Herts4Men provides that safe space to off-load your feelings, find comfort, resources to get help and most of all community.

Talk about your feelings: Talking about how you’re feeling can help put things into perspective and may help you feel more positive about the future. If you don’t feel like there’s anyone you can talk to, you are never alone. Samaritans volunteers are there for you.

Contact a Samaritan

Mind has a ‘coronavirus and your wellbeing’ toolkit with lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. It includes tips for staying at home, how to take care of your mental health and wellbeing along with a useful checklist.

Find ways of managing loneliness: If you are feeling lonely, think about things you can do to feel close to others. For example, putting extra pictures up of people you care about might be a nice reminder of the people in your life. Listen to a chatty radio station or podcast if your home feels too quiet.

See Mind’s pages on loneliness for more tips to help yourself cope.

Turning Point work with you to set and achieve your own goals, manage your mental health and emotions, and develop skills where needed to live a full and rewarding life.

Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking, drugs or drinking too much alcohol. If you are staying at home, you could try exercising indoors, as there are lots of free online classes. Or try an easy 10-minute home workout.

Try a 10-minute home workout

Sidekick is a free app with a collection of interactive exercises to help boost your mental wellbeing. It’ll enable you to build a personalised wellbeing workout and toolkit to help deal with whatever life throws at you.

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems.

Visit the CALM website