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Stress, Depression, Anxiety and Panic are common conditions. We can help you. Below are a collection of helpful leaflets, websites, videos plus some self-help book suggestions.
Check out the book shelves. Click on the area you need help with, sit down with a hot drink and read at your leisure.
Anger, Anxiety, Abuse, Bereavement, Depression, Eating Disorders, Health Anxiety, Obsessions, Panic, Postnatal Depression, Self Harm, Sleep Problems, Social Anxiety etc...
In East Sussex there are mental health services available that can be accessed without a referral. These can help you to develop approaches to improve your mental health, and help you get back to work, education or access social and community networks.
Feeling lonely isn't in itself a mental health problem, but the two are strongly linked. Having a mental health problem increases your chance of feeling lonely, and feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health.
If you can no longer see why you should go on living, your feelings can seem unbearable. You may hate yourself and believe that you are useless and not wanted or needed by anyone. You may feel rage, shame and guilt.
Food plays an important part in our lives, and most of us will spend time thinking about what we eat. Our relationship with food often changes – sometimes we may try to eat more healthily, have cravings, eat too much or lose our appetite. We may find it hard to eat if we’re feeling stressed, or eat comfort food if we feel unhappy. Changing your eating habits every now and again like this is normal, and doesn’t need to worry you.
Information about coping with bereavement.
Some people think that mental health problems are simply part of getting older. This isn’t true and doesn’t have to be the case.
Information about the help available in East Sussex and key numbers to ring if you are at any risk.
Information about the services in East Sussex for people facing personal, emotional and mental health difficulties.
Health in Mind is an NHS organisation providing courses and other types of therapies that help with stress, anxiety and low mood in East Sussex. The service is FREE and available to anyone aged over 18.
Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries including Paignton library.
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.
This World Health Organisation video explains depression. The most important thing is to recognise it and seek help - It is treatable. Call us.
Good nutrition is important for our mental and physical health. This food fact sheet will look at how following a healthy diet can protect your mental health.
The word depressed is a common everyday word. People might say "I'm depressed" when in fact they mean "I'm fed up because I've had a row, or failed an exam, or lost my job", etc. These ups and downs of life are common and normal. Most people recover quite quickly. With true depression, you have a low mood and other symptoms each day for at least two weeks. Symptoms can also become severe enough to interfere with normal day-to-day activities.
Scientific evidence points to five steps that we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life. Remember, no-one can give wellbeing to you. It's you who has to take action.
Check out the emotions tab (fear, anger, despair, shame, loneliness, anxiety, self hate, sadness) and the moving on tab (inspirational stories, distraction, making changes, creativity and relaxing), particularly for ladies struggling with self harm.
This information package is designed to provide you with some information about distress intolerance and suggested strategies for managing distressing or uncomfortable feelings more effectively. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.
The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Used by Liverpool FC and the Sky Cycling Team.
We are the only UK centre of expertise for all aspects of anger and conflict management. We offer support, programmes and training for the general public, children and teenagers.
Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder (social phobia). People with generalised anxiety feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. It can cause both psychological and physical symptoms. These vary from person to person, but can include feeling restless or worried and having trouble concentrating or sleeping.
Professor Cary Cooper provides some techniques for managing stress, such as exercising and using relaxation techniques, and explains who you can talk to if you're feeling under pressure.
An acute stress reaction occurs when symptoms, including anxiety, develop quickly as a reaction to exceptionally stressful events. Symptoms often go quickly, and you may not need any treatment. Sometimes other treatments, such as talking therapies, may be helpful.
A Red Cross / Age UK project supporting people over 50 who are going through change (bereavement, retirement/job loss, divorce, family change or health change) . This may result in loss of confidence. isolation, depression or anxiety.
Muscular relaxation exercises and deep breathing are two common techniques to help people to relax and combat symptoms of anxiety. They may also help to ease symptoms of depression.
This is a self-help manual for those who find that they are spoiling the lives of both themselves and those around them with their almost constant irritability and flashes of bad temper. It speaks to those who often find themselves saying and doing things they later regret.
This fully revised third edition has been extensively updated and rewritten to reflect over ten years of new research on understanding and treating depression, particularly the importance of developing compassionate ways of thinking, behaving and feeling.
The accessible and straightforward books in the Overcoming Series treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical.
Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness is a self-help manual for this common problem, which explains why it happens and sets out practical methods of resolving it.
Many of us have a tendency to worry unnecessarily about our health. Using a step-by-step approach, this book explains how the problem develops, how to recognize what feeds it and how to develop effective methods of dealing with it.
Simple, concise, step by step directions for lots of different relaxation techniques.
Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.
An online CBT cognitive behavioural therapy service, helping people help themselves.
Depression Alliance bring people together to end the loneliness and isolation of depression.
A safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.
Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members. There is a £24/month fee for this service.
Speak to us about what might work for you on 01273 934944 or sign up for any of the options below.
This is a FREE service provided by NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group in a partnership with the GP surgeries in Lewes: