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Who Are We?

SAGES is a partnership dedicated to supporting mental wellbeing in Suffolk. Individually we serve the community with many valued services, but together our partnership enables us to do even more. We work together to provide advice, guidance and emotional support.

Our aim is to help you find the information you need, when you need it. 

Our Partners

New Chapters is Suffolk Libraries’ mental health and wellbeing information service. It provides good quality information across Suffolk, both from library staff and online. New Chapters also helps customers to find local groups, activities and services to support wellbeing.

Suffolk Family Carers provide support, information and advice to carers and their families. This includes campaigning on issues which affect family carers to ensure their voices are heard.

Two dedicated SAGES workers can provide one to one support for those caring for people living with a mental health illness.

Suffolk Mind deliver services in Suffolk to support people’s needs and mental wellbeing. They are affiliated with national Mind and provide information and advice, supported housing, education and counselling.

Suffolk Mind also work with volunteers to support SAGES activities and peer support in the community.

 

As a partnership we are each responsible for delivering core parts of the service. We are dedicated to working together and other organisations, to provide the best information, advice and guidance in Suffolk.

SAGES have spent time talking to people with lived experience, health professionals and stakeholders to shape our service. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please use our feedback form.

 

What is Mental Health?

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. There are many things which can affect our mental wellbeing.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem every year. It is estimated that 1 in 6 of us will have experienced common mental health issue in the past week, so it’s important we do what we can to understand and support our mental wellbeing.

Many professionals now agree that mental health is on a scale, with stress as an important factor. This means that if we are stressed for a long time, combined with our life experiences and lifestyles, it can lead to experiencing mental health difficulties or illnesses.

As human beings, we move up and down the scale every day and any number of life experiences can affect where we are.

Mental wellbeing

What is good mental wellbeing?

Good mental wellbeing can be different to different people. It can mean having good self-esteem and being content. It can also mean feeling productive and able to cope with life’s ups and downs.

It is important to remember that we can all experience days in which we may feel low or worried.

No matter where we are on the scale, there is lots of information and support available for people to live fulfilling and able lives, including people who are experiencing long term illness.

More information on mental health issues and disorders can be found HERE

Mental health difficulties

What are mental health difficulties?

There are many different reasons and contributing factors to having mental health difficulties. Some of them are beyond our control.

It could be a change in relationship, a physical illness, experiencing debt and housing issues or a bereavement.

Some of the symptoms you may experience could be low energy, difficulty in concentrating, insomnia, and physical symptoms such as digestive issues, heart palpitations and shortness of breath.

Prolonged periods of stress and poor mental wellbeing can lead to anxiety, depression and low mood.

Mental health illness

What is mental health illness?

Mental health illnesses can affect people for short periods of their life or can be lifelong.

They can be a result of trauma, experiencing mental health difficulties for long periods of time, substance misuse, your biological makeup and life experiences or a combination of many different things.

People with mental health illnesses can experience symptoms such as hearing voices, chronic anxiety and depression and difficulties in recognising reality.

What is mental health illness?

Mental health illnesses can affect people for short periods of their life or can be lifelong.

They can be a result of trauma, experiencing mental health difficulties for long periods of time, substance misuse, your biological makeup and life experiences or a combination of many different things.

People with mental health illnesses can experience symptoms such as hearing voices, chronic anxiety and depression and difficulties in recognising reality.

What are mental health difficulties?

There are many different reasons and contributing factors to having mental health difficulties. Some of them are beyond our control.

It could be a change in relationship, a physical illness, experiencing debt and housing issues or a bereavement.

Some of the symptoms you may experience could be low energy, difficulty in concentrating, insomnia, and physical symptoms such as digestive issues, heart palpitations and shortness of breath.

Prolonged periods of stress and poor mental wellbeing can lead to anxiety, depression and low mood.

What is good mental wellbeing?

Good mental wellbeing can be different to different people. It can mean having good self-esteem and being content. It can also mean feeling productive and able to cope with life’s ups and downs.

It is important to remember that we can all experience days in which we may feel low or worried.

No matter where we are on the scale, there is lots of information and support available for people to live fulfilling and able lives, including people who are experiencing long term illness.

More information on mental health issues and disorders can be found HERE