How to look after your mental health and wellbeing

There are many ways you can manage your mental health and wellbeing independently. However, it can be overwhelming and difficult to know where to look. There are websites with information on the support available in your area or online.

Connect and be active

Interested in meeting new people? Find groups and activities in your local area on the A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS) website.


Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency are available on the Living to the Full website.

Understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing using helpful reading. A list of recommended books is on the Reading Well website.

Find out what you can get involved with through our Community Learning and Development Service. This service aims to improve the lives of people in Aberdeenshire and their communities.


Find volunteering opportunities in your local area on the Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action website.

Take notice

Create your own Resilience Plan. Resilience is about being able to face the challenges and difficulties in your life, finding ways to cope, taking control and looking for opportunities to improve your mental health.

Find an app that helps you look after your mental health and wellbeing on the NHS website.

Recognise when you’re feeling low. Use the Prevent Suicide app or website to create your own safe plan.

Advocacy services

If you have a mental illness, advocacy services can provide help to express your needs and wishes. They can help with making decisions about your care and support options.

If you are struggling to cope

Our WELL Aberdeenshire service can provide recovery-focused support to people aged between 16 and 65 experiencing issues around mental health. Our service helps to address the following through 1 to 1 and group sessions: 

  • social isolation and promoting wellbeing
  • participation and inclusion
  • physical exercise
  • self-management

Our team will work with you using recovery tools to discover what matters to you, to develop skills and strategies to help you maintain good wellbeing, and to connect you into meaningful community resources.

Many of team members have lived experience of recovery in mental health and bring their own insight to support you on your journey. The team also develops peer networks so that people have access to support within their local areas from people with lived experience.

You can access our WELL team directly by telephone or email (this is called self-referral):

Find out more about Well Aberdeenshire.

Here are some websites with more information and tips for looking after your own mental health and wellbeing:


If you need more information on mental health and wellbeing services, please phone 03456 08 12 06.