World Mental Health Day: Eight tips on looking after your mind from leading Notts experts


Figures show the number of adults suffering from mental health problems in Nottingham is enough to fill Nottingham Arena more than four times over.

The most recently-available statistics on people aged over 18 show around 46,000 adults in the city are experiencing a common mental health problem.

Around half of these have a condition serious enough to require medical treatment.

World Mental Health Day is held on October 10 every year to demonstrate the true scale of the problem across the globe and promote better support.

Originally set up by the World Federation for Mental Health, the day aims to educate people on how to take care of their own health as well as that of others.

Robert Ashford, manager of Middle Street Resource Centre in Beeston, thinks there is still a stigma attached to mental health – but there is help available.

He said: “It is a huge issue for both men and women.

“People feel detached, isolated, and suffer from bad mood, and this can be hard to talk about.”

The centre, run by mental health charity Mindset, provides support groups and therapy for local people.

If you’re feeling down, make time to relax and unwind

Let’s Talk-Wellbeing is another mental healthcare provider offering a range of services for people suffering from mental health issues across Nottinghamshire.

As well as one-to-one appointments and group workshops, the organisation provides self-help books, leaflets and online and telephone support.

Claire Thompson, the service’s operational manager, explains how simple things such as socialising and relaxing can help improve mental health.

She said: “Meeting up with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours, and trying not to isolate yourself can all help improve your emotional and mental well-being.

“If you’re feeling down, make time to relax and unwind, and get a good night’s sleep which will help you feel more refreshed and energised in the morning.”

For more information on Let’s Talk-Wellbeing visit the group’s website or call 0115 956 0888.

Eight ways to look after your mental health from Let’s Talk-Wellbeing

Keep active: Regular exercise can boost your energy levels, mood and help you feel more positive. Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day and choose something that you actually enjoy doing like gardening, walking in the park or dancing.

Talk about it: Talking about a problem can be difficult, but sharing your feelings can help when you feel troubled. If you need someone to listen and don’t want to open up to a loved one, services like Let’s Talk-Wellbeing are there to help.

Relax: Making time to relax in the evening allows your mind to rest and your body to recharge. Alternatively try meditation, even a few minutes can be enough to de-stress you and leave you feeling refreshed.

Avoid stimulants: If you’re already feeling down alcohol and drugs can make you feel worse. Caffeine is also a bad idea when you’re feeling anxious as it can leave you feeling even more on edge, instead try opting for herbal teas and soft drinks.

Give to others: Whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word, the smallest of acts can make a difference. If you’re feeling really generous, activities such as volunteering and charity work can help you make new friends and build social networks and skills.

Eat healthily: Good food equals good mood. A balanced diet is just as important for your mind as it is for your body. Aim to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables which will boost your mood and give you more energy.

Be mindful: Acknowledge your feelings and thoughts and be more aware of the present moment. Worry less about the future and be grateful for the now. Mindfulness can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Keep learning: Learning new skills keeps your brain alert and can improve confidence and give you a sense of achievement. Why not sign up for a cooking course, learn a new language or take up playing a musical instrument?


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