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Mental health is about how we feel, think and behave. Our mental wellbeing can vary, and people can experience a range of different symptoms and difficulties.

It’s not always easy to know what to do if you’re worried about your mental health. There’s a lot of support available in the city, however, including many options you can access directly. People in Leeds are encouraged to ask for help when they need it. 

Feeling anxious, panicky or low? 

Coping with stress or a difficult life event?

Life stress and challenging life experiences can have a big impact on our mental wellbeing.

Find local and national services and support

The MindWell Directory has quick links to a wide range of local and national services that support people’s mental health. Services in the directory can be accessed by self-referral including help for:

Join a peer support group

Peer support brings together people with similar experiences so that they can support each other. Leeds has groups for carers, parents, women, men, young people and LGBT communities for example.

Find a counselling service

Counselling involves discussing personal experiences and issues with a person who is trained to listen in a safe and confidential place.

Talking to a GP

If these options don’t feel right for you, or you need help in finding the right support, you can talk to a GP. GPs are trained and experienced in supporting people with their mental health.

Some GP practices in Leeds have their own mental health practitioners who consult with patients instead of the GP (the surgery staff will advise you). It’s also the case that some specialised services are only available through a GP referral such as some eating disorders and gender identity services.

Many of these consultations are via telephone or video nowadays, but you can ask for a face-to-face consultation.

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