Mental well-being

What is mental health?

The term 'mental health' means different things to different people. It is often referred to as a state of emotional and psychological wellbeing; in which people are able to function in society, have fulfilling relationships with other people, cope with change and loss and meet the demands of everyday life. It’s all about how we think, feel and behave.

Six easy steps to a happier and more positive you

Looking after your physical health is essential but it’s also just as important to take care of your mental health. The Wheel of Well-being is a proven tool to help you improve your mood, reduce the risk of depression, strengthen your relationships, keep you healthy and even add up to seven years to your life.

Mental health problems

When people experience mental health problems, they often feel stressed, anxious, low and have negative thoughts, often as a reaction to negative circumstances or events.

We all feel like that now and then but it's when these thoughts and feelings become so frequent and/or severe that they significantly disrupt our ability to cope with daily life (e.g. our relationships, work, sleep and quality of life), that they can become mental health problems.

It's important to remember that, with the right advice, guidance and information, people who experience problems are often able to make a full recovery and return to a state of emotional and psychological wellbeing. But the sooner you get help the better.

If you do start to experience mental health problems, then it is important to do something about it. Initially, you may wish to explore many of the self help guides and workshops that are available.  If you would like to talk with someone or need more support, local free services are available. 

If you are concerned about your own or somebody else’s mental health, please contact your or their GP. If you need urgent help, either contact the GP or call the out of office hours Crisis Service on 0300 456 8342 / 07717 989024 (SMS) open 5.00pm - 9.00am Monday to Friday, and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays.  You can go to your nearest Safe Haven, (an urgent out of hours drop in service for people and their carers who are experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional distress) or call 999.



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Surrey's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - CAMHS is the provider of child and adolescent mental health services in Surrey. CAMHS exists to promote emotional wellbeing and deliver preventative mental health services and treatment to children and young people with mental health problems. Click on the above CAMHS logo or written link for more details about CAMHS; information for professionals, children and young people and parents and carers; Feeling Good Week; CAMHS enewsletter; A-Z and our jargon buster.

Contacting CAMHS

For details on CAMHS clinic locations and to contact us about existing referral please ensure you use this contact CAMHS link rather than the 'contact us' tab on the main Healthy Surrey site. Take a look at the CAMHS pages for more information about what to do if you have mental health concerns for children and young people up to 18 years old.


Adult Mental Wellbeing Services

(From the 1st April 2017, changes are being made to the First Steps Service, further information is available)

Where can I go to access support to maintain and improve my emotional wellbeing?


Self Help Resources

There are thousands of books, guides, and videos available on managing your own mental wellbeing, so how do you navigate through them all?  Here are some guides and leaflets from reputable, evidence-based sources:


Mind is a national mental health charity, which provides information and support on a range of specific mental wellbeing and health issues.  There is also information available for family, friends and carers.

Living with a mental health problem can often have an impact on day to day life, making things that others might not think about, a bit more difficult. Mind has put together tips and guides to help you cope with everyday things like money, work, university and more.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych)

This professional body has put together readable, user friendly and evidence based information about mental health problems. A new RCPsych Key Facts App has been developed which gives instant access to the College’s mental health information leaflets, animations and podcasts.  You can have a wealth of information and support at the touch of a button.


Some of the psychological therapy providers in Surrey, listed below, produce their own self help material.


Psychological Therapy providers

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provides help and support for people over 18 years (who are registered with a GP in Surrey) who are experiencing mild to moderate mental ill-health. This can include stress, low mood, anxiety, panic attacks, depression (including pre and post natal), obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress and eating difficulties (not severe). 

There is a choice of providers available in your area, that you can refer yourself to without having to go via your GP.  These are listed below in their local health areas.

IAPT providers offer a range of treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (also computerised), workshops/courses (e.g. managing emotions, worries, depression), group therapy, guided self help material, individual therapy, book recommendations and employment advice through partner agencies.


Guildford & Waverley CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group)

Areas covered: Guildford, Godalming, Send, Witley, Haslemere, Milford, Chiddingfold, Hindhead Worplesdon, East Horsley and Cranleigh.

Centre for Psychology – 01483 570 765

Mind Matters – 0300 330 5450

DHC – 01306 735473

IESO Digital Health – 01954 230066

ThinkAction Surrey – 01483 746 900

Farnham (in Farnham & NE Hants CCG)

Areas covered: Farnham

Talk Plus – 01252 533355

North West Surrey CCG

Areas covered: Ashford, Walton, Chobham, Weybridge, Woking, West Byfleet, Shepperton, Chertsey, Addlestone, Egham, Hersham, Stanwell, Staines, Sunbury, Virginia Water and Pirbright.

IESO Digital Health – 01954 230066

Mind Matters – 0300 330 5450

Talking Therapies – Surrey Online – 0300 365 2000

ThinkAction Surrey – 01483 746 900

Surrey Downs CCG

Areas covered: Tadworth, Dorking, Leatherhead, Thames Ditton, East Molesey, Ashtead, Epsom, Worcester Park, Ewell, Stoneleigh, Esher, Banstead, Oxshott, Brockham, Newdigate, Claygate, Bookham and East Molesey.

Centre for Psychology – 01483 570 765

DHC – 01306 735473

IESO Digital Health – 01954 230 066

Mind Matters – 0300 330 5450

ThinkAction Surrey – 01737 225 370

East Surrey CCG

Areas covered: Redhill, Merstham, Reigate, Caterham, Warlingham, Horley, Whyteleafe, Lingfielf, Oxted and Godstone.

DHC – 01306 735473

IESO Digital Health – 01954 230066

Mind Matters – 0300 330 5450

ThinkAction Surrey– 01737 225 370

Surrey Heath CCG

Areas covered: Ash Vale, Camberley, Frimley, Lightwater and Bagshot.

Centre for Psychology – 01276 423 141

IESO Digital Health – 01954 230066

Mind Matters – 0300 330 5450

ThinkAction Surrey– 01483 746 900


Community Connections

The Community Connections service  offers a range of support, aimed at improving your emotional and mental wellbeing.   The service accepts self referrals, as well as GP and mental health professional referrals.

Services include: one to one support, support groups, walking groups, drop in services, art groups, mindfulness sessions, social events and peer support, confidence building courses, signposting to local agencies.

The Recovery College

Recovery Colleges support people in their recovery through educational courses and workshops on a range of psychological, mental and physical health conditions, e.g. coping mechanisms, stress management, self confidence, assertiveness. The colleges are aimed at everyone whether they use mental health services, care for someone who does, or are a mental health professional. For more details on the courses and workshops available in the Surrey Recovery College, are available.

Red Card

We understand that sometimes things that are going on in our lives can cause stress and anxiety, such as housing or finances. Here is a list of services that can provide information, advice and support on a range of problems.

Have you ever served in the Armed Forces?

For those who have served in the British Armed Forces, help in Surrey is now available from the NHS Transition, Intervention and Liaison Veterans’ Mental Health Service (formally known as LVS)

Tel : 0203 317 6818



Surrey and Borders NHS Health Foundation Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey & North East Hampshire and drug & alcohol services in Surrey.



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