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NHS urges people to look after their mental wellbeing this winter

As the days are getting shorter and darker, it is important to make sure that we take the steps to look after our mental health, and to seek help when it is needed.

The Birmingham and Solihull mental health helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is just a phone call away.

The support line offers confidential emotional help, guidance and reassurance to people of all ages and backgrounds, including key workers, who may be struggling from burn out. The helpline can assist you in a crisis and also when you want to avoid a crisis - helping to prevent your health getting worse is important. 

To access the service, simply call 0800 915 9292 / 0121 262 3555.

A bereavement service is also available for those who are already struggling with grief, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes. The service, which operates 8am-8pm 24 hours a day, can help local people to understand their grief, and work through it in a healthy way.

To access the service, call 0121 687 8010.

Dr Angela Brady, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Good mental wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing, so it is important that we take the time to focus on our mental health.

“Talking with a friend or loved one, enjoying a hobby and taking time out in nature, if you can, are all great ways to help us deal with negative feelings, but it is also important to recognise when more help is needed.

“Whether you’re burnt out, grieving from losing someone close to you, or your mental wellbeing isn’t at its best, it is important to know that you’re not alone. The NHS is indeed under pressure, but we are not too busy to support you.”

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