Most people with mental health problems are cared for by their GP and the Primary Care Team, and this would normally be their first port of call.

Some people will also need specialist services and a range of organisations, including the NHS, Social Services, the voluntary sector and independent providers, provide these.

Five ways to well-being

The five Ways of Wellbeing are the five everyday areas of life that have been shown to bring the biggest boost to happiness. Even small steps towards these wellbeing moments that you can enjoy, can add up to big benefits.

Five ways to well-being video

Connect

Connect with the people around you, at home, work, and school or where you live Take time to talk, spend time with others- it will help support and enrich you every day.

Things you could try:

  • Join a group that introduces you to new people
  • Reconnect with old friends
  • Find a way to spend quality time with your family and friends

"People connecting with me when I was at a low point made all the difference to me."

Be active

There are lots of opportunities in Kirklees for you to become more active. Most importantly, discover a way to be active that you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Things you could try:

"Being more active has changed my life, and how I feel about myself."

Take notice

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.

Things you could try:

  • Be curious.
  • Remark on the unusual.
  • Notice what is going on around you when walking to work, breaking for lunch or talking to friends.

"Making the time to reflect and noticing what my body was telling me has changed how I feel about myself."

Keep learning

Learning can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, help build a sense of purpose, and help you connect with others.

Things you could try:

  • Rediscover an old interest.
  • Sign up for that course.
  • Take on a different responsibility at work.
  • Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food.

"Learning from other people and being able to pass that on is really rewarding."

Give

Linking to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around.

"Just giving an hour a week made me feel really good."

Things you could try:

  • Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger.
  • Thank someone.
  • Volunteer your time.
  • Join a community group.
  • Giving makes us happier and its infectious!
  • Volunteering

Mental health providers

The following providers are commissioned by Kirklees Council you can self refer via their websites.

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)

IMCAs are a legal safeguard for people who lack the capacity to make specific important decisions: including making decisions about where they live and about serious medical treatment options. IMCAs are mainly instructed to represent people where there is no one independent of services, such as a family member or friend, who is able to represent the person.

Further guidance

NHS Choices care and support guide provides national guidance on the mental health care programme approach, decision-making and mental capacity and mental health aftercare.