If you’re not feeling yourself, going through a bad time, or are just feeling sad more than usual, it’s possible that you could be experiencing depression or anxiety.
This doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily at risk, there are scales of both, and it could be that you are just experiencing low mood or moderate anxiety.
The most important thing to do is to let people around you know how you’re feeling.
Talking to a partner, family member or friend is essential. They may be able to offer support and can be there for you while you go through a difficult time.
You should also go to talk to your GP. Your GP can help find out if you’re experiencing anxiety, stress and depression.
They can recommend ways to feel better naturally, for example increasing your exercise levels, or can suggest medication and counselling.
They can also refer you on to other mental health services.
Let’s Talk is a free NHS service for anyone experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. It can be contacted on 0800 073 2200 or via www.talk2gether.nhs.uk.
If you feel you need more help, you can call the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucestershire direct on 0800 073 2200 to discuss an appointment.
The mental health charity Mind runs a helpline on 0300 123 3393, or 86463 on text.
The Samaritans is also always there for those who have nowhere else to turn.
But it stresses that it’s not just for those who have suicidal thoughts. In fact they say: “Most people who contact us are not suicidal. When you talk to us, we will give you an opportunity to talk about any thoughts or feelings you have, whatever they may be.”
You can call the Samaritans on 116 123.
In Cheltenham, the Suicide Crisis Centre provides vital support. Along with the services at the centre in High Street, Cheltenham, the charity also goes out to visit service users – sometimes staying for hours at a time if they are at high risk of suicide.
To contact the Suicide Crisis Centre, phone 07975 974455 or visit www.suicidecrisis.co.uk