Mental Health and Well Being

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Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem this year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (i.e. anxiety or depression) in any given week.

Common mental health problems include, anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and panic disorders. Some behaviours, such as hoarding, are considered to be related to mental health problems.

When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information about a condition, practical issues and treatment options is vital.

National Mind provides information on a range of mental health problems.

Mental Well-being

The campaign Every Mind Matters aims to promote good mental health and encourages people to take steps to look after their mental health even when we are not experiencing any problems.

The NHS suggests 5 steps people can take to improve their mental well-being.

Three Rivers District takes part in “Empower Half Hour”. These are a series of 30 minute activities, similar to the NHS recommendations, to improve and maintain mental well-being.


In 2018 there were 6,507 suicides in the UK. We don’t want anyone to get to a point where they feel suicide is the only option.

Samaritans is a charity that provides 24/7 telephone support to people experiencing suicidal thoughts. For support 24 hours a day call on 116 123 or email

The nearest Samaritans branch for residents of Three Rivers is 45 St John’s Road, Watford. Check here for opening times.

The Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Network engages multiple agencies to prevent suicide, and lists support available to Hertfordshire residents.

The Stay Alive App is a suicide prevention resource containing information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis. The app also includes a safety plan and provides a place where you can store photos and memories important to you, to remind you of reasons for living.