Emotional wellbeing

Positive mental health and emotional wellbeing describes how we think, feel, relate to others and interpret the world around us. Having good emotional and mental health helps us manage relationships, cope with stress and manage life changes both positive and negative. 

Looking after your emotional well-being

Studies have shown there are five steps we can take to improve our mental well-being.

  1. Connect with other people – family, friends, neighbours, colleagues.
  2. Be active – find an activity you enjoy and make it part of your life. It can also help you connect with other people
  3. Keep learning – new skills can give you sense of confidence and achievement.
  4. Give to others – it may be a smile, a thank you, a phone call, being supportive, volunteering, charity work.
  5. Take notice – be more aware of the present moment and the world around you. This is called ‘mindfulness’ and can make you feel more positive about your life and how to approach challenges.

Getting some support

Sometimes people need some support to manage their feelings or mental health.

The first step is to speak to your GP who can give you advice and if necessary refer you to other organisations that can help you depending on what the problem is.

Counselling or Talking Therapies

iCope is Camden and Islington’s Psychological Therapies Service who can give you time to talk and help you learn ways to help yourself so you feel more able to cope with your difficulties.

Islington Mind offers a wide range of services to support people with mental health which are open to anybody living in the borough regardless of whether you have a formal diagnosis or not. 

Bereavement services

There are a number of organisations in Islington who provide support and counselling with bereavement issues. You can find them in Links for Living by searching using keywords such as ‘bereavement’ and ‘counselling’ and/or look in the 'Emotional and Mental Well-being' category.

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