'Boxer' focuses on the importance of openness and discussion, as the first step in the recovery process, if you’re feeling low. By talking and seeking help you will start to feel better and you can go on to recover with the right support.
What can affect mental health
Our mental health is as important as physical health. One in four people in Northern Ireland will experience problems that affect their mental health – talking about how we are feeling is very important.
Many factors can affect your mental health. You can read about the early warning signs and the five steps to mental wellbeing.
Find out more about the issues, including:
You can find more information on mental health including self-help tools on the community wellbeing hub https://communitywellbeing.info
Taking 5 Steps
There are five simple steps that can help you maintain and improve your wellbeing.
Try and build these into your daily life:
- Connect with other people
- Be active
- Take notice of the present moment
- Keep learning new skills
- Give to others
Lifeline is a crisis response helpline service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you’re in distress or despair, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 and talk to an experienced counsellor.
Deaf and hard of hearing Textphone users can call Lifeline on 18001 0808 808 8000.
For more information visit www.lifelinehelpline.info
Where to find help
If you need help, talk to your GP. There are also lots of services near you that offer help and support on a range of issues which can affect mental health.