Sometimes we all feel down. And sometimes we can believe that there is no end in sight to the way that we feel.
Talking to someone and getting some support is often the best way to get a problem solved and to feel better.
Symptoms to look out for
If you want to talk to someone anonymously, Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day.
Mental health facts
- 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our life.
- There are thousands of people in the borough who either have problems themselves or know someone else who is experiencing them.
- It's not just a woman thing!
- Depression and anxiety are 2 common mental health problems in the borough.
Lots of people suffer from problems with their emotional health and wellbeing and the earlier you start to try and tackle them, the better it is for you and your loved ones. So don't bottle things up.
5 lifestyle changes to get back on track
Connect - Connect with the people around you. Family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. These connections will support and enrich you every day.
Be active - Go for a walk or a run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Do some DIY. Physical activity makes you feel good.
Take notice - Be curious. Savour the moment and be aware, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Keep learning - Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Fix a bike. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Give - Do something nice for someone. Smile. Volunteer. Help a community group. It’s rewarding and creates connections with people around you.
Find more support
Improving your health and wellbeing: Changing your diet and exercise routine will help to improve your mood and give you more energy.
Rochdale Mind: Mind provides counselling to a wide range of people facing a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationships, sexuality, abuse, bereavement and loss.
It's A Goal: An 11 week programme at Rochdale Football Club that uses football metaphors to help men who may suffer with depression, low self-esteem, and poor communication and social skills. For more information
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07799 433091.
Malehealth: Down-to-earth and practical answers to questions on depression by the charity
Men's Health Forum.
Tips for coping with depression: NHS Choices helps with coping techniques for when you're feeling depressed.
HYPe: Confidential counselling, information, support and advocacy service for young people aged 14-19 living in the borough of Rochdale.
With U In Mind: Pennine Care's specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) looks after children and young people with mental health problems.