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Mental wellbeing

Many people experience periods of anxiety, stress, or low mood, feel overwhelmed, or find it difficult to cope. One quarter of us will have problems with our mental wellbeing at some time in our lives. Although a little pressure can be good and helps to keep us motivated, too many life demands all at once can make us stressed. Part of every day life such as our jobs or lack of work, our relationships and friendships, our physical health, where we live, and money problems can all affect our stress levels. For more information visit One You - stress.

For more information about mental health visit NHS Choices, Public Health Mental Health Profiles, England's Mental Health Strategy, and England Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life. Read more about 5 ways to wellbeing from NHS Choices.

Don't forget the benefits that being active can have for your wellbeing. Find out what support is available locally at Middlesbrough Sports Village, or visit the Mental Health Intelligence Network for more tips, online tools, and general advice about mental wellbeing and mental health.

Local information and support

The 2014-15 annual report produced by Middlesbrough's Director of Public Health on mental health and wellbeing gives a local picture and recommendations.

Local support is available from: