If you are worried about your mental health, the best person to talk to is your GP as they know your medical history and background. They will talk to you about how you’ve been feeling and will be able to direct you to the help you need.

If you already have a care coordinator or social worker supporting you, please talk to them about how you’ve been feeling.

Mental health problems can be as, if not more, disruptive to your daily life as physical health problems. It is important that you get the support you need. New Hope provides support and information about local groups, courses and activities for mental health and wellbeing in Bath and North East Somerset.

Find out how to arrange for someone to help you express your needs or to speak on your behalf.

 

When you tell your GP or talk to any professionals involved in your care about how you’ve been feeling, they may do one or more of the following:

  • Put you in touch with an adviser from the Virgin Care mental health team who can help advise you on things you can do to improve your mental health
  • Put you in touch with someone you can talk to about how you’ve been feeling. You will talk to a trained psychological therapist who will give you counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). You can also refer yourself for B&NES Talking Therapies
  • Write you a medical and/or social prescription. A social prescription will help advise you on groups, services and activities to help improve and maintain good mental health. Find out more about what a social prescription might include in our section, what's on for people with mental health issues.

There are various activities and groups in Bath and North East Somerset for people with mental health problems. Find out more...

If you have mental health problems, you may have the right to have someone to speak on your behalf. Find out more on our advocates page.

You can also plan for someone to act on your behalf in the future if a time comes when you are very unwell. You can do this by assigning power of attorney to them.

Find out more about how people can get support to make important decisions.

If you are looking after a family member or friend who has mental health problems, it is really important that you get the support you need as well. Contact Bath & North East Somerset Carers' Centre for an informal discussion about the caring you do. Find out more about the support available for you if you are looking after someone.

You can help manage your mental health condition or just improve your mental health by building some simple changes into your life. Find out with our top tips for good mental health.

Tell your GP or talk to any professionals involved in your care about how you’ve been feeling, they may do one or more of the following:

  • Put you in touch with an adviser from the Virgin Care mental health team who can help advise you on ways of improving your mental health and services to help you live a healthy and independent life
  • Put you in touch with someone you can talk to about how you’ve been feeling. You will talk to a trained psychological therapist who will give you counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). You can also refer yourself for B&NES talking therapies service
  • Write you a medical and/or social prescription. A social prescription will help advise you on groups, services and activities to help improve and maintain good mental health. Find out more about what a social prescription might include in our section, what's on for people with mental health issues.

If you have already been diagnosed with a mental health condition, or want to ensure you maintain good mental health find more information here about what’s on for people who want to maintain good mental health?

Find out about some of the housing options for people with mental health needs or talk to your social care worker about housing.

Find the information or support you are looking for on Wellbeing Options - a website containing lots of useful information about local care providers, clubs, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources.

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