Mental Health and Wellbeing

Good mental health is about feeling well in your own mind. Good mental health and resilience are fundamental to our physical health, our relationships, our education, our training, and our work and to achieving our potential. Our mental health can change over time. This can be because of life events which cause distress or unhappiness, or it can happen with no apparent cause. These changes can lead to mental health difficulties or illness.
In an emergency dial 999 or call Samaritans on 116123.

Concerned about your mental health or wellbeing?

If you have concerns about your mental health, speak to your GP. They will ask you questions about your mood and any strange or negative thoughts or feelings you may have been experiencing, to help to understand what is wrong and make a diagnosis.

There are many recognised mental health conditions that doctors can diagnose. These include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia. Your doctor may suggest a number of treatments such as medication, counselling or therapy. In many cases these treatments can be very effective and help you get back to a state of good mental health. If necessary they will refer you on for more specialist support.

Mental Health Services in Milton Keynes

Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust  offer mental health services across Milton Keynes for people of all ages.

Kooth 

Kooth

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11-19 living in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes which has been commissioned by the local NHS and Local Authorities.  

Kooth.com is a website children and young people can use to:

  • get advice, support and guidance for any problem, no matter how big or small. 
  • chat online to professional counsellors,
  • read articles written by young people
  • join forums covering  topics ranging from exam stress and anxiety to eating disorders and grief to receive peer-to-peer support, access self-help materials and keep a daily journal.   

If a child or young person needs a bit of extra support, are worrying about their future or experiencing difficulties at school or at home they can connect to this new anonymous and free service which is available every day via their laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Adult Care and Health Directory has information about local community services and the Mental Health and Autism Social Care Team

NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group Mental Health directory has information on mental health services and resources in Milton Keynes.

Mental Health Campaigns and Resources:

Every Mind Matters is the first government mental health campaign that focuses on protecting and improving people’s mental health.

HeadsUp is a local campaign that aims to prompt men to recognise when they are feeling low and how to take action. Visit the HeadsUp website:

  • For an online check-up and toolkit for men's mental wellbeing.

  • To see information on what local services are available to support men before crisis point is reached.

  • To find out how to support a man in your life who may be feeling low.

See The Signs is a local campaign to encourage awareness of how to support someone with suicidal thoughts and encourage us to talk openly about suicide.

Five Ways to Wellbeing - five steps that we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

Milton Keynes Mental Health Challenge - raise awareness of mental health and encourage people to talk about mental health by signing up to the Milton Keynes Mental Health Challenge.

Workplace Health and Wellbeing - national and local resources to support organisations and businesses to support workplace mental health and wellbeing.

Last Updated: 6 May 2020