Your Mental Health and Wellbeing
What does Frome Medical Practice offer?
We are offering a series of online sessions for young people in Frome, starting on 4th February 2021, that we hope will help you understand your body's response to stress, and help you begin to find useful strategies to try and combat these effects. Over the course of the sessions we will focus on managing stress and worry, specifically in relation to the challenges that lockdown brings and the increased restrictions it is having on our day to day life.
Click below to find out more or register to take part. Once registered you are very welcome to join the sessions anonymously if you prefer.
Please let other people know these sessions are taking place as we'd love to meet as many young people in Frome as possible.
Frome Medical Practice has a team of 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 for young people
There are a number of organisations that can support you if you're experiencing anxiety, low mood, depression or other mental health issues. Click the links below to find out more.
Kooth is a free, interactive website for children and young people, accessible on all devices. It is a safe, confidential online mental health service where young people and adults can receive counselling, advice and support for their emotional well-being.
Angry, scared, anxious? Problems with friends, family, school, being bullied, or feel different to others? These are just some of the things you can speak to You-th Space about. You-th Space is local to Frome.
Routes provide a weekly support session every Thursday from 2pm - 5pm in Frome, aimed at young adults (over 18s). Support is offered for all sorts of every day problems.
See our page on Young Carers for more information about information on registering as a young carer and the support available to help you.
If you're a young person living in Somerset, you may find that being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender, or questioning your sexuality or gender identity can be difficult and 2BU is available to provide support.
The Charlie Waller website offers resources and information for young people on looking after your mental health.
Coronavirus and mental wellbeing
Our Mental Health Nurse Practitioners have offered some hopefully helpful advice as we all continue to adapt to the changes and challenges we are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and we thought it would be helpful to share their words here.
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 (and see also the support available to young people below.) 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.
The leaflet linked below is helpful in sharing advice and tips on looking after your wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus outbreak:
Here are some other links that you might find useful if you need help or support:
The Mindline Somerset emotional support helpline is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 01823 276892 to speak to someone.
Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
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.
Mental health support, including specific advice around coronavirus.
You might be finding the current situation difficult or stressful. Here are suggestions for things you can try that could help your wellbeing.
Tips to help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
Support if you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed.
Some ideas of things you can do – connect, take notice, be active, keep learning, give.