Fear of stigma or discrimination means that many people with mental health problems are afraid to talk about their condition, which in turn can make them feel very isolated and alone.

Recognising that you may have a mental health problem and taking the first steps to get help can be difficult. It is worth remembering that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives.

Mental health covers a whole range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias, eating disorders and dementia, as well as Seasonable Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression that people often experience in dark winter months. There are also the more severe conditions of bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia.

There are a range of talking therapy and wellbeing services available and you don't necessarily have to consult with your GP first.  

You can find a Mental Health Service over Christmas and the New Year by clicking here.

The charities Mind and Sane offer a range of information and advice on a range of mental health topics to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness - including family friends and carers.

The Surrey Recovery College offers educational courses and workshops at various locations across Surrey, which aim to help people improve their health and wellbeing. This includes courses in relation to a range of psychological, mental and physical health conditions.  Courses are open to people who live and work in Surrey and are:

  • Aged 18 and above who want to improve their health and wellbeing
  • People with physical and mental health conditions
  • Family members and carers
  • Staff working in voluntary and statutory organisations

If you think you may need further psychological support or are unsure about what help might be best for you, please do contact your GP to seek advice.