Page published 27/06/2023

If you are in crisis:

Do you need help, support or advice?

There are various services available to Isle of Wight residents should you need urgent mental health advice or treatment.

Mental Health Crisis Advice 01983 522214 Community Safe Haven 01983 520168 Samaritans 116 123 NHS 111 Advice and Guidance 111 NHS Emergency 999

Stress and Anxiety:

Many people experience stress and anxiety at some point in their lives.

Stress: is usually a response to an external cause such as a feeling of being under abnormal pressure or having an argument with someone. It usually disappears or reduces once the situation has been resolved.

Anxiety: is typically described as a feeling of apprehension or dread and is disproportionate to the situation faced.  Unlike stress, anxiety persists even after a concern has passed..

See: How to manage and reduce stress | Mental Health Foundation for more information on stress and: How to manage anxiety and fear | Mental Health Foundation for more information on anxiety

You can also help protect yourself from stress and anxiety in a number of ways:

It’s okay to ask for professional help if you feel that you are struggling to manage on your own. It’s also important to get help as soon as possible so you can begin to get better.

Speak to your GP.

See local information:  Isle of Wight Community Mental Health (

Also see:

Every Mind Matters - NHS

Self-care for anxiety - Mind

Anxiety UK have produced this video to help manage anxiety:

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