The Public Mental Health Improvement team aims to promote positive mental health to individuals, families and communities.
Doing five simple actions on a regular basis can improve our mental wellbeing, research has shown. We all need to protect our mental health and build our own resilience and the "Five Ways to Wellbeing" actions can help us do that according to the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing.
There are now more than 1000 activities on the IMPACT social prescribing website. Members of the public and professionals can access information on activities that aim to improve the population's health in County Durham and Darlington. Most of the activities are free and the majority do not require medical referral. The website welcomes organisations in County Durham and Darlington to submit activities for inclusion on the site. Activities on IMPACT include physical activity, arts and creativity, learning, volunteering, befriending and self help.
Mental Health is "the emotional and spiritual resilience which enables us to enjoy life and survive pain, suffering and disappointment. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our and others' dignity and worth. It is influenced by our experience and our genetic inheritance." (World Health Organisation)
Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.
Good management of mental health at work, including prevention and early identification, can bring the £26billion annual cost of mental illness to employers down by as much as 30%.
Depression and Suicide - Prevention, Awareness and Support. Negative feelings can be overwhelming, but with the right support and treatment people who have felt suicidal have been able to carry on with their life and the negative feelings have passed. Here, you will find information that may be able to help you through a difficult time.