Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are highlighting the importance of looking after your mental health Image By pathdoc AdobeStock_120691290

January can exacerbate difficult thoughts and feelings

Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are highlighting the importance of looking after your mental health.

For some, 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.

The CCGs said that in the UK approximately one in four people experienced a mental health problem. Ranging 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. Mental health problems are a common human experience and it can be helpful to talk about how you are feeling.

Where to find support

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

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service:

Visit bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk or call 01234 880400.

Total Wellbeing Luton:

Visit totalwellbeingluton.org or call 0300 555 4152.

Kooth:

Online support service for young people, aged 11 and 19, across Bedfordshire and Luton.

Samaritans:
Visit 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.

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