Mental health and wellbeing
Our mental health is important.
Many factors influence our wellbeing and evidence shows that the actions we take and the way we think have a big impact.
Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people in their lifetime, some mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are common conditions.
If you have such an illness, it is important to learn more about your mental health and to get the right treatment and support.
Many people who experience problems will be provided with care and treatment from primary care services, however, in some circumstances, care, treatment and interventions from secondary care mental health services may be required.
The Mental Health Service aims to ensure that people are provided with services in the right place, at the right time with the right results.
We aim to:
- Support recovery from mental health problems
- Promote wellbeing in the community we serve
- Encourage and promote service users and carers in care planning and delivery
- Ensure everyone under our care and working with us will be treated with respect and dignity
In the first instance we recommend that talking with your GP is a positive step.
If further support or treatment is required they will refer you to the Mental Health Service for further consultation.
The Mental Health Service offers support to adults, children and young people and also delivers group-based sessions and activities to assist with the recovery of people experiencing mental health problems.
Mental Health and wellbeing
During COVID-19 Pandemic
The news coverage and ongoing situation caused by the COVID-19 virus may cause stress and anxiety to some.
The World Health Organisation has issued the following advice:
- The COVID-19 virus has affected people from many countries and is continuing to do so. It is not connected to any particular ethnicity or nationality. We must try to be thoughtful and kind to those who are affected, wherever they may have contracted the virus.
- These people are not “COVID-19 cases/families” or “victims”. Anyone can contract it. They are all people who have had or are being treated for the COVID-19 virus. After recovering from the illness, they can expect to return to their lives as before.
- If you feel anxious or distressed by the situation, it is wise to limit the amount you read or listen to news about Covid-19. Also limit the time you spend searching for details. Instead, just watch for updates once or twice a day at set times. Choose information that gives you practical steps to help keep yourself and community safe and healthy. It is important to ensure you are getting updates from a reliable news source, not sensational online sites and try to avoid rolling news.
- Remember to thoroughly protect yourself when you need to and be supportive to those around you. Assisting others in need can be not only helpful to them but also rewarding for those helping.
- Try to concentrate on positive stories in your local area; there are a number of people who have recovered quickly or who are using their time to support others.
- Please respect and appreciate the caretakers and healthcare workers supporting people affected with the COVID-19 virus. They are working tirelessly to help save lives and to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Please view the relevant drop down menus below to support the mental health problems most often encountered.
Services for Children and young people
Kooth - E-Counselling service for the Isle of Man
Kooth is a free online E-Counselling service for children aged 11 to 17 years which has been offer to local residents since June 2019.
Managed in the UK by Xenzone this service offers mental health services platforms for children and young people who are experiencing low-level anxiety, stress or depression.
If you are looking for support please visit:
Services available by referral only
Services for Adults
Qwell - E-Counselling service for the Isle of Man
Qwell is a free online E-Counselling service for adults which has been offer to local residents since June 2019.
Managed in the UK by Xenzone this service offers mental health services platforms for adults who are experiencing low-level anxiety, stress or depression.
If you are looking for support please visit:
Services available to referred patients only:
Bradda Resource Centre
Used by a variety of professionals from across all of the Mental Health Services as an administrative base in the south of the Island.
Community Mental Health Service for Adults (CMHSA)
An island-wide service and people can be seen in their own home.
Counselling and Therapies - Community Wellbeing Service
Services for older people
Other useful links
Apps for Mobile Phones and Tablets
UK and other links
NHS Choices provide a wide range of tools, advice and information about mental health subjects.
For advice, videos and fact-sheets, visit the NHS Choices Website
Resources and downloads
- Blog staying connected through social distancing
- Circle of control
- Deep breathing
- Maintaining Eustress in challenging times
- Maintaining purpose and positive habits
- Positive communication during times of stress
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Taking to children about coronavirus (COVID-19)
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