Looking after your mental health

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as maintaining your physical health, and if you are waiting for an operation or procedure, it is normal that you may be feeling anxious or stressed about it.

And, of course, feeling physically unwell for a long time can lead to your mental health getting worse too.

Psychological & emotional support

We appreciate that waiting can be really tough going. If you think professional support might be useful, your local Talking Therapies services offer a range of ways to help you:

manage anxiety, worries, low mood, stress, relational stress; and
better cope with the impact of health conditions on your mood.

They are open and you can refer yourself. Details about how to do this and what is on offer can be found below:

Across north east London there are a number of different types of support available if you feel like you are struggling to cope, which you can read more about here.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website also has lots of free resources. These include: advice and support if you are feeling lonely, a free action plan with tips on dealing with stress, anxiety and sleeping better, self-help CBT techniques and much more.

Every Mind Matters also has some tips on improving your mental wellbeing.

National support

NHS urgent mental health helplines are for people of all ages. You can call:

for 24-hour advice and support – for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for
to speak to a mental health professional
for an assessment to help decide on the best course of action

Alternatively, when life is tough the Samaritans are here to listen at any time of the day or night. You can talk to them about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how difficult.

Call free on 116 123

Shout offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need support right away.

Text SHOUT to 85258

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