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Happiness and Wellbeing (Mental Health)


In Hertfordshire, we believe in the importance of promoting both your physical and mental wellbeing. In this section, we give advice on looking after your body and mind and highlight services available locally to help you stay healthy and happy.

Providing help and treatment at the earliest opportunity can improve lifetime health and wellbeing, and prevent mental illness.

Hertfordshire Year of Mental Health aims to inspire and motivate people from across the county to take a few simple steps to help challenge mental health discrimination, and to improve the lives of those of us with mental health problems.

Year of Mental Health

Help with good mental health

NHS Choices provides advice about a wide range of mental health problems.

Mind the mental health charity provides support, services training and campaigns for better awareness.

Sane work to reduce the stigma of mental ill health and provide online and telephone support.

The county council and local health services work together as the Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust (HPfT) to provide services and support.

The Books on Prescription scheme, provided by libraries, gives access to self help books recommended by health professionals.

My baby's brain

The things you do every day that help your child's growing brain; if a baby's brain develops healthily they are more likely to be happy and successful as older children and adults.

My teen brain

Hertfordshire County Council?s Childhood Support Services have launched My Teen Brain. My teen brain focuses on a key stage of brain development and highlights how changes in the adolescent brain, in conjunction with experience and environment, can affect emotions, relationships, behaviours, sleep and attitudes to risk.

Services within Hertfordshire are working together to use the five ways to wellbeing. These are simple things that we can all do to improve our mental wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Learn
  • Give

The Big White Wall

The NHS and Public Health in Hertfordshire are launching Big White Wall (BWW) to all residents aged 16+, in order to support the mental health and wellbeing of the borough. BWW provides safe, anonymous, online support 24/7, with a supportive community, information and self-help resources, and trained counsellors online at all times. The service is free to all Hertfordshire residents.

Access is easy: simply go to and enter your Hertfordshire postcode.

Any Hertfordshire resident struggling with mental health issues or experiencing a tough time can find support on Big White Wall. If you are struggling, or know someone who is, don't hesitate to join BWW or recommend it to someone you know.

95% of members reported feeling better as a result of joining BWW, and 73% shared something for the first time. Whatever you're going through, BWW is there to help.

One member commented: "It's great here to just say what you feel and think without judgement, that's helped me loads as I've always kept a brave face for the last few years with my depression and anxiety. It's great to be among people who know exactly how you feel!"

Opportunities to learn in Herts

Hertfordshire Directory - Education and learning

University of Hertfordshire

Channel Mogo - Information and advice for young people.

Self Harm

Do you worry about self harm? Do you know someone who self harms? Advice and guidance is available.

Mind ? the mental health charity

The National Self Harm Network

Information about spotting or experiencing suicidal thoughts

Spot signs for coping with suicidal thoughts
Spot signs for supporting people with suicidal thoughts

For more information on spotting the signs of suicide please visit the Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust website.

Health and wellbeing in Hertfordshire Libraries
Why not visit your local library and find out about a range of Health information? Find out what?s available