Mental health and wellbeing

The term mental health is used to describe a spectrum from mental health problems and disorders, through to mental wellbeing or positive mental health. This page is about where to get help and support if you need it, as well as how to protect and improve your own mental health and wellbeing. You can find out more about mental health in Ealing in the Ealing Strategy for Mental Health and wellbeing 2017 to 2022.

If you are struggling

At least one in four of us will experience a diagnosed mental health problem in our life, and many more will struggle with our mental health and wellbeing. There is support and help available to you if you or someone you care for finds that they are not coping and cannot manage their day to day life due to their mental health. This can be found with your own GP surgery, in community teams, in hospital and in crisis.

If you are a clinically vulnerable person, find out about shielding.

For more help and support speak to Ealing Advice Service

Where to get urgent help for mental health

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health and experiencing distress, or are in crisis, or if you want information and advice about mental health, you can contact the West London Mental Health Trust’s single point of access on 0800 328 4444. Anyone can call the single point of access number 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

If you need help for a mental health crisis, emergency or breakdown, please get immediate help from the NHS.

Looking after your mental wellbeing

Mental wellbeing is the positive end of mental health, which refers to both feeling good, happy and enjoying life, and to doing well, such as having positive relationships with others and a sense of control and purpose in life. There are many ways in which you can look after your mental wellbeing and different things work for different people:

Five ways to mental wellbeing

The five ways to wellbeing (New Economics Foundation) are evidence-based steps you can take in your daily life to improve how you feel and function.