Understanding Mental Health

‘Good or positive mental health is more than the absence or management of mental health problems. It is the foundation for wellbeing and effective functioning both for individuals and for their communities’ (Taken from – No health without Mental Health: A cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages. DH 2011)

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Research suggests that the following 5 things can help boost our mental wellbeing:


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Mental Health – Support in a crisis

The aim of Healthier South Derbyshire is to provide information and advice to help people experience positive physical and mental health and wellbeing.

If you, or someone you care about is experiencing mental ill health and is in crisis or emergency situation, the following organisations can help:

  • Contact your local GP who knows your medical history, and will decide, with you, the best action to take
  • If a health professional (your care co-ordinator or key worker) has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number
  • Call Derbyshire – For adult social care during office hours Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190 is open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:30am to 4:00pm on Saturday’s. Outside of normal office hours, call the emergency duty team: 01629 532600
  • Information about local talking therapy services provided by Trent PTS and the NHS
  • Support during the breakdown of a relationship from Relate
  • For a wide range of information and support, visit Mind

If you need urgent help

If you have had thoughts of self-harming or feel suicidal, contact someone immediately such as a friend, relative or someone you can trust.

If you feel like you are unable to manage your symptoms and feel unsafe, you need to contact your G.P or NHS 11 if out of hours. For immediate life-threatening emergencies, call 999


You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but not if it's a life-threatening situation. Click here for more information.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Tel: 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don't know who to call or you don't have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
  • For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.


The Samaritans provide non-judgmental emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts. Click here for more information.

Tel: 116 123, available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

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