Mental Health

What does Frome Medical Practice offer? 

Frome Medical Practice has a team of two Mental Health Nurse Practitioners who offer support to patients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, with the flexibility of early morning and evening appointments too.

We work closely with Health Connections Mendip as we recognise the strong links to health and lifestyle choices and engaging in the wider community and how this can positively  affect and help to  maintain changes to ones mental health. 

Our role also involves liaising with health visitors, midwives, district  nurses and schools as we endeavour to work together to support you mental health needs.

 

Other support available

Counselling in Somerset is provided by Talking Therapies. If you are registered with a GP in Somerset and over 18 then it's possible to self refer to this service. You can find out more here

The Mendip Health Connections Directory lists a number of services which might be of help if you are experiencing mental health issues. You can find out more about those here

 

Coronavirus and mental health and wellbeing 

It's important to understand that these are very challenging and strange times, where there will be a shock-like reaction to our minds.

This reaction may cause unfamiliar feelings, as though everyday life is not real, increased tiredness / lethargy, plus an increase in general anxieties. It is important to remember that some of these reactions are normal, as were are designed to react like this as human beings and your mind is trying to make sense and adjust to all the sudden changes.

Being kind to ourselves, and being more accepting of the struggles, can help to alleviate unreasonable pressure that we continue to 'push' ourselves, when sometimes our minds need down-time to process all that has been happening.

It is also important to remain self-aware, recognising when down-time is perhaps becoming something unhelpful, where we may feel like we are wallowing in the situation or thoughts. Think about gentle activities that are natural to us, that allow us to momentarily focus on something outside of ourselves. 

To sum up: these are very strange times; you will have normal shock-like reactions to this situation where there may be struggles with anxiety, lack of sleep, changes in mood. Be kind and gentle to yourself - it's okay to struggle at times - things will change; allow down-time, but not wallowing time.

Please make contact with a mental health professional you feel that you need to discuss your feelings further. You can of course contact the practice on 01373 301301 but we have also shared some links to support which is available both online and over the telephone below. Much of this is available 24/7. 

This leaflet is helpful in sharing advice and tips on looking after your wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Coronavirus: Wellbeing and Mental Health - A Guide To Looking After Yourself And Others

Here are some other links that you might find useful if you need help or support: 

Mindline Somerset - the Mindline Somerset emotional support helpline is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 01823 276892 to speak to someone. 

Every Mind Matters - Coronavirus and Mental Health - expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

YoungMinds - supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing, with specific advice about managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus. 

Mind - mental health support, including specific advice around coronavirus. 

Coronavirus and your wellbeing  - you might be finding the current situation difficult or stressful. Here are suggestions for things you can try that could help your wellbeing. 

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak - tips to help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mental health and wellbeing  - support if you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed.

Five ways to wellbeing and staying at home - some ideas of things you can do – connect, take notice, be active, keep learning, give.