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Emotional health and wellbeing

Emotional health, or mental wellbeing, is about how you're feeling and how well you can cope with your day to day life.

Five ways to wellbeing

Many people with good emotional and mental health are able to:

  • be confident in themselves
  • engage and interact with the world around them
  • manage stress and change
  • express their emotions
  • play a positive role in their home and work life

Many things can affect your mental wellbeing, including unemployment, loneliness, physical illness, poor housing, poverty, discrimination, trauma and violence.

Evidence suggests that there are five steps you can take to improve your emotional and mental health.

Watch our videos on the five ways to wellbeing.


Spend time developing and nurturing relationships with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. Befriending services can help support you if you are feeling lonely and isolated, find out more about befriending services in Derbyshire.

Take a look at our Time Swap scheme if you're looking for ways to connect with others. The scheme encourages local communities to share their skills and talents.

Be active

Try to find an activity that you enjoy, and that keeps you active, such as walking, swimming, cycling or playing football. Evidence shows that an improvement in your physical health can help improve your mental health. You can find out more about keeping active on our healthy lifestyle page.

Keep learning

Learning new skills can boost confidence and give you a sense of achievement. Find more information about courses for adults.

Free Bright Side courses are aimed at people facing mental health difficulties.

Give to others

Helping others, saying thank you, or giving someone a smile can help to improve your self-esteem and improve your emotional health. Find out how you can volunteer and help in your community, build up new social networks, and gain experience if you're looking for a job.

Take notice

Being more aware of the present moment, the world around you and your own feelings and thoughts, can help you to positively change how you're feeling about life. NHS Choices has created Moodzone, the mood self-assessment questionnaire designed to recommend ways and resources to help you better understand how you feel.


Counselling is having a person taking a professional interest in your emotional wellbeing. They work to a strict code of ethics that has your interests at heart.

Take a look at the different kinds of counselling available.

Most counsellors will charge for their time and can be comparatively expensive in relation to befriending. However, they are doing very different work and will be trained to work with you and your psychological state closely.

Bereavement support

There is a range of contacts for bereavement, counselling and support. Search the Derbyshire Directory for a list of services, these include both national and local services. There are specialist services for:

Pets can often be close companions and to lose a pet can be very distressing. Bereaved pet owners can get in touch with The Blue Cross and the Society for Companion Animal Studies for telephone and email support.

Victim support

Victim Support is an organisation that can support you following a crime being committed against you. They can also support you should you be required to attend court with their witness support team. Check out the free services offered by Victim Support which are delivered by volunteers with paid co-ordinator support.

Emotional support local and national helplines

At times of stress it's often helpful to talk to someone who is not involved in your situation. A number of helplines are available:

  • Carers Direct, tel: 0300 123 1053
  • Samaritans, tel: 116 123
  • Sane Line, tel: 0845 767 8000
  • Mind Info Line, tel: 0300 123 3393
  • Cruse Bereavement - Chesterfield, tel: 01246 550080
  • Cruse Bereavement - Derby and South Derbyshire, tel: 01332 332098
  • Domestic Abuse Helpline, tel:0800 2000 247
  • Rural Stress Helpline, tel: 0845 094 8286
  • Support line, tel: 01708 765200
  • Victim Support, tel: 0800 612 6505
  • Anti Bullying Helpline, tel: 0845 22 55 787