Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life.
If you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you think, feel or react become difficult – even impossible – to cope with.
Poor mental health can range from common problems such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Where to get help if you have a problem
If you or a person you care for is experiencing a mental health crisis, or is at risk of hurting themselves or someone else, you should get emergency help.
If you need support for your mental health, you should ask your GP. They will be familiar with your medical history and be able to get you to the right treatment.
Don't feel worried about going to the doctor – your GP is there to help with your mental health as well as your physical health.
Your GP may refer you to either:
- a local organisation that can help with your practical problems
- specialist help from the local 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' (IAPT) service, called Inclusion Thurrock
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust if you need care for more serious mental health problems such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
Find out about the types of mental health support available.