One in four adults will experience poor mental health within their lifetime, but there are ways to strengthen your resilience and be positive.

The 'five ways to wellbeing' focus on five easy ways to help look after your mental wellbeing.

  • Connect. Talk and listen, be there and feel connected.
  • Be active. Do what you can, enjoy what you do and move your mood.
  • Take notice. Remember the simple things that give you joy.
  • Learn. Embrace new experiences, see opportunities and surprise yourself.
  • Give. Offer your time, your words and your presence.

Learn more from the Five Ways to Wellbeing web page.

You can read the North Yorkshire mental health and wellbeing strategy, 'hope, control and choice' here. The strategy's three priority areas are resilience, responsiveness and reaching out.

If you need urgent support, please call the Samaritans on 116 123.

Children and young people's mental health

1 in 10 children between the age of 5-16 years old has a mental health problem and many continue to have problems into adulthood. Half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14. That's why it's important to tackle mental health issues in early life and build on protective factors to help children move on to positive and fulfilled lives.

All children and young people deserve the best start in life and building strong emotional resilience is an important element in helping children and young people achieve and succeed. In North Yorkshire we have strong partnership arrangements which work to deliver the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families.

Agencies need to work together to ensure all children and young people enjoy good mental health and emotional wellbeing, including those who are most vulnerable in society such as children looked after by the local authority and those with SEND needs.

We will achieve this through an emphasis on prevention, early identification and intervention using evidence-based approaches that present good value for money. Where a mental health problem or disorder is identified children and young people will have access to timely, integrated, high quality and multidisciplinary mental health services that are accessible and responsive to individual need.

Local support

Some local support services are:

If you need further support with mental health, please visit your GP.

Other useful sources of information