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.
Mental health problems
When people experience mental health problems, they often feel stressed, anxious, low and experience 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 life on a daily basis, such as negatively affecting our relationships, work, sleep and quality of life, that they can become mental health problems. If this happens then it is important to do something about it, like contacting First Steps mental health service or your GP.
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 so have a look at some of the services we offer.
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 brand new 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.
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.
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.
First Steps mental health service
First Steps is a NHS service offering advice and information on mental health and emotional issues to the public and employers in Surrey. You can read self-help information, download a booklet on the First Steps website. From the 1st April 2017, changes are being made to the First Steps Service, further information is available.
Surrey County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Groups in the county work with charities to offer emotional and well-being support in local communities. The services on offer include both one to one and group support for people with mental health concerns such as depression and eating disorders.
The Community Connections service can be accessed by anyone who believes that they need support for emotional well-being. The service accepts self referrals, GP referrals and referrals from mental health professionals.