Mental health is a broad topic that describes how we feel, what we think, memory and behaviour. One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem at some point in their lives, which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.
There are many different types of Mental health disorders that affect people in different ways. Schizophrenia, depression and personality disorders are all examples of mental health problems. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia generally develop in old age, whereas eating disorders are more common in young people. This page will hopefully help as a guide to help you find useful resources locally if you think you may need some help with your mental health.
If you feel like you might attempt suicide, or may have seriously harmed yourself, you should get urgent medical help.
- call 999 for an ambulance
- go straight to A&E, if you can
- or call your local crisis team, if you have their number.
The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence.
Call 116 123 – it’s FREE
Anxiety and Depression
Depression is a a general feeling of low mood that can last for a long time and negatively affect everyday life.
We all feel low from time to time, having some good and some bad days. Depression in its mildest form means generally being in low spirits most of the time. When mild you can continue to lead your normal life but everything becomes more difficult to do and there is little enjoyment in life and few things feel worthwhile. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal.
Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future.
Anxiety is a natural human response when we feel that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.
If you’ve noticed changes in the way you are thinking or feeling over the past few weeks or months that concern you and cause you distress, you should consider making an appointment to see your GP.
Alternatively, there are many good sources of help both online and in person in the Milford haven and Pembrokeshire area:
Our very own Dr Yelland and Dr Randall have set up a fantastic web blog giving top tips on how to improve physical and mental well-being:
“We hope to use this space to share our knowledge on all things related to lifestyle medicine…. an evidence based approach to preventing and treating disease, targeting the root of ill health and empowering everyone to live a little better. All things nutrition, exercise, sleep, relaxation, mental and physical wellbeing.”
Mind cymru is Mind in Wales. Mind are working to make sure everyone in Wales has access to the mental health information, support and services they need. They have an excellent website with online resources that can be accessed via the following Link:
For more local services Mind have a Pembrokeshire website here:
They are open in person to anyone between 10am and 1pm. For 1-2-1 mental health appointments Call Mind on 01437 769 982
A Community Interest Company based in the heart and soul of West Wales that pride ourselves on doing right by our community to help improve mental health within our own community as well as those further afield.
In the Spring of 2019, we officially opened Our Place as a coffee and clothing store, with a Drop-in support option available via the “What’s On” board. With the help of people who support us by grabbing coffee and buying merchandise, as well as those fantastic good sorts who fundraise on our behalf, we’re able to fill our “What’s On” board weekly, which ranges from free drug and alcohol support, to counselling and housing support which is open to all who may need some support.