News from Mental Health Foundation

Social contact, peer support and self-help can positively benefit people with dementia

Today the results and evaluation of our Dementia Self-Help project in partnership with Housing and...

We're supporting the Blackfriars Consensus Statment

We are backing a call for action to address some of the factors that could reduce the risk of...

Cuts to mental health services for children threaten the future and well being of the nation

More than half of England's councils have either cut or frozen budgets for child and adolescent...


NHS Choices

Social care reforms announced

Most of the UK media is covering the announcement made in Parliament by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of...

'Morning sickness' linked to healthier babies

“Morning sickness isn't all bad news: Women battling the condition may have 'healthier, more...

Eating more than 5 a day 'brings no extra benefit'

"Eating more than five a day has 'no extra health benefit'," reports The Independent. The...

10 Top tips

1.         Communicate with others;
Keep in touch with family and friends.


2.         Talk about your feelings; Talking about your feelings can help you stay in a good  mood and deal with times when you are feel stressed. Talking about your feelings is not a sign of weakness but about taking charge of your health and wellbeing.

3.         Be active: experts know that regular exercise helps you to stay fit, boosts self-esteem and confidence, promotes sleep and helps you to look better.  Recommended exercise for adults is about 30 minutes of activity five days a week. This can be anything from walking to doing the housework.

4.        Ask for help: we all need help at different points in our lives. You may be able to get help from family, friends or colleagues. There is  various support groups and agencies such as Citizens Advice Bureau (telephone 0844 848 7970) or The Samaritans (telephone 01484 533388) who provide a listening ear and objective advice.  For more information on support groups near you visit the Kirklees Council website.

5.         Eat well: there are links between what we eat and how we feel. It is important to have a balanced diet.  Visit  Eatwell4life in Kirklees where you will  find tips and easy ways to enjoy eating more healthily.

6.         Take a break: be kind to yourself and take regular breaks in your working day. Make sure you take time out to relax and just be in the moment. Everyone relaxes in different ways try yoga, meditation or mindfulness techniques or just put your feet up. If you are really tired give yourself time to go to sleep. Without good sleep, our mental health suffers and our concentration goes downhill. Sometimes the world can wait. Visit the Kirklees Council website for well being groups in your local area.

7.         Drink sensibly: we often drink to change our mood and sometimes because of being upset or lonely or other issues. Try to think of other positive activities you could do rather than drinking. If drinking is a problem for you, then seek help from your GP or from local services including Lifeline (01484 353333) or OnTRAK (Dewsbury: 01924 486170 or Huddersfield: 01484 437907).

8.         Do something you enjoy: think about the things you like to do and make some time to do this activity. Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. and doing an activity you enjoy will help to boost your self-esteem. Visit the Kirklees Council website for information on local sports and other activities.

9.         Accept who you are: we are all unique and beautiful in our own way. Take time to accept yourself and appreciate who you are and what you are good at. Don’t be hard on yourself.

10.       Caring for others: by helping out a friend or a stranger, volunteering or helping out in your local community visit Gateway to Care for more information. This also includes caring for your friends and family.  By doing this you will help others and also help yourself to better health.