Stress less - look after your mental health

Find advice about preventing stress and encouraging mental wellbeing, including a quiz to assess your mood and sources of local support.

North Yorkshire mental health helpline: 0333 0000 309.

If you need to discuss your mental health or that of someone you are caring for then please give us a call on 0333 0000 309. This is a confidential and anonymous crisis line service. The number is free to call from mobile phones and is open from Monday to Thursday, 5pm to 8.30am, and Friday from 4.30pm (24 hours at the weekends, including bank holidays).

If you need urgent support or you feel suicidal, please call the Samaritans on 116 123

Or you can find out about other helplines, counselling services and depression here.


There's no quick-fix cure for stress, but there are simple things you can do to help you stress less. These include relaxing, exercise, eating a healthy and balanced diet, and talking to someone.

Check your mood

We all expect to get a cold or sore throat from time to time but when it comes to the way we feel emotionally, it can be hard to recognise or admit that we're not feeling 100 per cent.

The mood quiz is designed to recommend some resources to help you better understand how you feel. You should answer based on how you've been feeling over the last two weeks.

You may find that your mood usually goes both up and down, so use this questionnaire to monitor it over time but remember, it is not intended to replace a consultation with a GP if you are struggling.

Check your mood - mood self-assessment quiz

The 'five ways to wellbeing' are 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.

Remember, you don't have to suffer alone and a good place to start is to talk to your GP.

Local support

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.

National support

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