If you want to improve your mental health,
we can help.
Understanding mental health
Mental health is about how you’re feeling and how you’re coping with life. Each year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem of some kind (Mind, 2022). Problems can start from a physical health condition too. Nearly 1 in 3 of us with a long-term physical health condition also have a mental health problem (Mental Health Foundation).
Common conditions include:
- Depression - Persistently low mood, difficulty in feeling happiness.
- Anxiety - Feeling constantly worried, afraid or on edge.
- Panic disorder - A more severe form of anxiety that can also lead to panic attacks.
- Eating disorders - Eating too much or too little, or excessive worry about body weight.
Self-care options for Vitality members
Managing your mental health can be about prevention, as well as treatment.
Face-to-face online therapy with highly qualified therapists, plus self-care audio courses.
Online support community
Togetherall provides a safe online community, where you can share your feelings anonymously.
Online or face-to-face therapy
Improve your mental wellbeing whenever and wherever suits you with the Self Care app.
Wellbeing tips for maintaining your mental health
As a Vitality member you’ve got access to some great benefits to live a healthier life. There are discounts off gyms, fitness gear, and more. To find out what you can access with your plan, log into Member Zone to visit your Healthy Living page.
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If self-care options are not right for you, or you need a bit more support, you could try talking therapy.
Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, is a type of therapy that can help you change the way you think and behave. On the other hand, counselling is an approach that may help you to find solutions to your emotional issues.
If you have Vitality health insurance, log into Member Zone to refer yourself for therapy. You can choose to receive up to eight sessions of therapy or counselling from one of the following partners:
- Online therapy with Mindler, IPRS Health, or
- Online or face-to-face therapy with Nuffield Health.
If you’ve added extra Mental Health Cover to your plan, you can also access psychiatrists as a day-patient or in-patient.
If you're not sure what treatment you need yet, speak to a healthcare professional on Vitality's 24/7 Health Advice Line. Log in to Member Zone to find out more about the Health Advice Line, including the phone number.
Here is a simple guide to mental healthcare roles:
Experts in the way people think, feel, and behave and have special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Psychologists are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medication.
Psychotherapist is an umbrella term for lots of different types of mental health professionals. The aim of psychotherapy is to facilitate positive change with emotions, behaviours, social functioning, and quality of life.
Healthcare professionals trained in talking therapies. They listen to you and help you find ways to deal with your emotional and mental health issues.
Medically qualified doctors who are experts in mental health. They are specialists in diagnosing and treating people with mental illness and can prescribe medication as well as recommend other forms of treatment.
Registered Mental Nurses
Registered nurses with specialist training in mental health. They offer hands-on care for people with various mental health conditions, long term, and short term, usually from a hospital environment.
Community Psychiatric Nurses
Registered nurses with specialist training in psychiatry. They work within the community, either from patients homes or community-based mental health facilities.
Here’s a list of sources of help, including UK mental health charities.
- NHS Mental Health - NHS information about mental health can be found here, or you can call 111
- Mind - information and campaigns about common mental health problems
- Mental Health Foundation - prevention-focused mental health charity
- Rethink Mental Illness - information and campaigns about mental illnesses including schizophrenia
- Young Minds - The UK’s leading charity for children and young people's mental health
- Samaritans - They are here to listen and provide support for anyone experiencing mental health issues. Their services run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year-round
Vitality Mental Health Cover
We understand that mental health is as important as physical health. That's why we've given all Vitality health insurance members access to:
Self-care apps and online tools
up to eight sessions of counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy, plus
the option of adding on extra cover for more intensive mental health treatment.