Mental Health

Good Mental Health and Wellbeing is important in order to feel good about yourself, to get the most out of your life and to feel connected to others.

Good mental health and wellbeing is more than just feeling happy, it is about feeling able to cope when things get tough in your life or your physical health suffers.

The Suffolk Wellbeing Service (for those living in East and West Suffolk) and the Norfolk and Waveney Wellbeing Service (for those living in Waveney) offer a range of free support services to help you make changes in your life to improve your mental health and wellbeing and help you cope with stress, anxiety and depression.

The services offered include:

  • Stress control and wellbeing workshops
  • Telephone support
  • Short term therapy
  • One to one counselling

Who do I contact if I need support?

Maternal mental health

For more information on the services offered in each area, and to self-refer, please visit the appropriate website depending on where you live in Suffolk or contact:

East and West Suffolk 


Find information regarding maternal mental health.

The NHS Choices mental health pages provide lots of further information and mental health and wellbeing, including links to external websites who can provide further expertise and advice.

The Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news and events. 


Suicide Prevention Information Leaflet: When suicide is on your mind, stay connected stay safe

Public health Suffolk has created a suicide prevention information leaflet aimed at supporting those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts.  It is essential that people have access to the correct information, and resources that will help them when they are feeling desperate and unsafe.

The A4 leaflet is in two forms:

  • Digital
  • Print-at-home version

Please feel free to share with your network/service users as needed, either via email, social media or on your organisation website, having regard to the sensitive nature of the content. 

If you would like some professionally printed copies of the leaflet, please provide us with the following information, and we will send them to you as soon as possible email

  • Number of copies required
  • Full postal address of where you would like them to be sent



James Stephens talks at the 2019 Health and Wellbeing board conference about his experiences growing up as a child in a domestically abusive household, his mental health, what others can do to help and recovery from trauma.

If you or someone you know are in crisis and need urgent help:

The Wellbeing services listed above are not for crisis or emergency situations. If you are in crisis, experiencing feelings of despair or you are feeling suicidal, you can contact The Samaritans - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - by calling 08457 909 090. You can also visit their website at

You should also discuss how you feel with your local GP or out of hours GP service

If you need an emergency service, such as an ambulance, please dial 999.

Read further information on what to do in a crisis situation.