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.

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.


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.

Our Time Swap scheme is a way of connecting 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. You can find information about courses for adults (opens in a new window)

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. Volunteering is a way to help in your community, build up new social networks, and giving you 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. The NHS have created Moodzone (opens in a new window) which is a mood self-assessment questionnaire designed to recommend ways and resources to help you better understand how you feel.


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

There are different kinds of counselling available (opens in a new window).

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. A list of services can be found in the Derbyshire Directory. 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. The Blue Cross (opens in a new window) and the Society for Companion Animal Studies (opens in a new window) provide telephone and email support for bereaved pet owners.

Victim support

Victim Support (opens in a new window) 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. Victim support services are free and delivered by volunteers with paid coordinator 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.

Mental health champion training

Mental health champion training is free to anyone who has an interest in promoting positive mental wellbeing and decreasing stigma.

This training will provide the practical skills and confidence to be able to deliver messages in different settings, with participants then becoming part of a supported network to raise awareness across the county.

Please email: healthyworkplaces@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 537662.

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