Relationships we have with other people make up an essential part of our lives. Research published by the Mental Health Foundation shows people who have stronger connections to loved ones, friends and family tend to be happier, have fewer mental health problems, are physically healthier and live longer. Happier relationships also contribute to lower stress levels and living in conflict or within a toxic relationship is more damaging than being alone. 

Evidence from the State of the Nation report indicated that 23% of adults reported being severely impaired in their ability to form and maintain close relationships with others, including those they live with. In 2020, relationship issues rose 270%. Therefore, it is now more important then ever to speak up, reach out for help and know you are not alone in this. 

If you're worried about your relationship and how it's making you feel, there is support available. 

Relationships: the missing piece of the wellbeing puzzle

Speak to a member of the Keeping Well in South East London team by opening the chatbox, and they will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Useful information

  • Overcoming has information about partner and family relationships, including the self-help book Overcoming Relationship Problems that can help improve communication in different relationships that you have. The books within the Overcoming series use methods based on clinical practice and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). 
  • Self-help tools from Relate, including guides about conflict within relationships, affairs, and how to handle the topic of divorce with your children. 

Free relationship counselling service open to health and social care staff

Tavistock Relationships is a free online relationship counselling service open to NHS staff and auxiliary workers in social care. They offer support for anyone in the NHS who is concerned about stress on their relationships and other anxieties such as health, money, loneliness, feeling low or being overwhelmed. 

Counselling sessions are available via webcam or in person.

 

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