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Common mental health problems

Information on common mental health problems, where to go for support and to learn more.

Anxiety

Anxiety is feelings of worry, unease and fear. It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations that we experience when we are nervous or worried about something. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings are persistent and aren’t easily controlled. Anxiety or anxiety disorder is a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life.

It’s useful to be able to separate the facts from the myths when looking at mental health.

Find out more about anxiety

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have published guidance on the management of anxiety

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Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that causes a state of low mood that affects your everyday life and lasts for a long time. Depression affects people in different ways and symptoms can range from low mood to feeling suicidal.

It’s useful to be able to separate the facts from the myths when looking at mental health.

Find out more about depression

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have published guidance on the management of depression.

Mood Self-Assessment

The NHS provide a free mood self-assessment online tool. It uses questions that GPs often use to assess whether someone is anxious or depressed. It also includes links to useful information and advice on mental wellbeing.

Try the Mood Self- Assessment Tool.

How to have a conversation about mental health

The Samaritans have created an interactive online programme which teaches people active listening skills for the workplace, as well as the skills to manage their own emotional health and look out for others, before they reach crisis point.

Six Steps to Return to Work

We have created a return to work resource page that includes a free online toolkit has been published by researches from Kingston University, Loughborough University and Affinity Health at Work. The website guides employers and employees through six steps, including how to deal with absence and communicate about mental health. The Return to Work website also features templates for absence letters, facts about mental health, checklists for each stage of sick leave and a comprehensive guide for returning to work, including exercises such as identifying work priorities.

Where to go for help

Lending an ear to someone at work who’s in distress could be all they need to move forward. Or it could be a chat with their line manager to sort out work-related problems. However, if you think somebody needs more support, these signposts could help.

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