Crisis line: 0800 0516 171
Free phone, 24/7 helpline for mental health emergency
This number is for the crisis resolution and intensive home treatment team (CRHT), often shortened to crisis team. They provide specialist assessment for people who need urgent mental health care, for example due to psychosis, severe self-harm or suicide attempts.
Help for suicidal thoughts
If you’re feeling like you want to die, it’s important to tell someone.
Help and support is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.
CALM – Campaign Against Living
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58
Information and support for men at risk of suicide. Webchat is also available on the website.
Text: 07725 909090
24/7 free helpline for emotional support for those experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Your health and local services
Are you feeling isolated? In need of social, emotional and practice support?
Leyburn Medical Practice can put you in touch with a health professional know as a social prescriber. These professionals are helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services, often run by the council or a local charity. An example might be signposting a person diagnosed with dementia to local dementia support groups.
If you think you could benefit from this service call the surgery and ask the receptionist to book you an initial telephone appointment with a social prescriber.
Tel: 01609 780780
An initiative within social services offering a 12 week programme of support for the vulnerable or socially isolated with low-level social needs.
Mental health support – North Yorkshire County Council
Helpline: 0800 561 0076
(Monday to Thursday, 5pm to 8.30am, Friday from 4.30pm, 24 hours at the weekends, including bank holidays)
Helpline, counselling, mental illness support and urgent help for those in need.
North Yorkshire Connect
Access community and voluntary organisations offering support. The community directory has information for adults, children, families, young people, parents, carers and professionals working with them.
Education and learning – North Yorkshire County Council
Tel: 01609 780780
Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm, Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Adult education including IT/computer skills and getting online to help with access to information and support.
Self help and support
The NHS has a number of support websites and apps:
Every Mind Matters
Feeling stressed, anxious, low or struggling to sleep? Every Mind Matters can help with expert advice and practical tips.
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing including apps, quizzes and tools.
Being unhealthy can impact on people’s mental wellbeing. One You is about making changes to fit your lifestyle and make you feel good. From the free How Are You? quiz to simple changes you can make every day, we have easy steps to help you be healthier.
Your health matters. This NHS service can help you improve your wellbeing by making healthier lifestyle choices. You’ll find the tools and support you need to quit smoking, get active, and lose weight. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health. Let’s do this!
Need someone to talk to?
Have you considered talking therapy?
Talking therapies can help with common mental problems like stress, anxiety and depression. You may be:
- having panic attacks
- struggling with flashbacks and nightmares
- feeling low and hopeless
- finding it hard to cope with work, life or relationships.
Other things that psychological therapies can help with include:
- constant worrying
- obsessive thoughts or behaviours
- fear of social situations
- constant worry about your health
You can get free psychological therapies on the NHS. You can refer yourself directly to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) without a referral from a GP. IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) is an NHS programme offering talking therapies for the treatment of depression, anxiety, social or other phobias, OCD or PTSD for those age 18yrs+. To find out more about IAPT call 01609 768890 or visit the website.
Which therapy you’re offered depends on which one has been shown to be most helpful for your symptoms. Here are a few examples:
CBT aims to improve your mental wellbeing by helping you understand how your thoughts can lead to unhelpful emotions and behaviours.
A therapist supports you as you work through a self-help course in your own time, either using a workbook or an online course.
Counselling for depression
A type of counselling developed specially for people with depression.
Talking therapies are offered in different ways, including:
- using a self-help workbook with the support of a therapist
- as an online course
- over the phone
- in a group
Coronavirus headlines have focused mainly on physical health and wellness as well as the way our daily habits must change—from physical distancing to wearing masks, however we’re all facing serious challenges related to depression, anxiety and emotional exhaustion.
This area has been created to support your mental health at this time including how to best manage a period of isolation and support other people you know, including children and young people.
North Yorkshire Connect
Find volunteer groups and other services offering coronavirus support. Not everyone has family, friends or neighbours to check on them. Community support organisations have been set up across North Yorkshire. If you or someone you know needs help they can call North Yorkshire County Council on: 01609 780 780 every day between 8am and 5.30pm or visit the website below to search for support.
Free online courses
From Recovery College Online – providing a range of online educational courses and resources to people with experience of mental illness, from service users to their family, friends and staff.
NHS Volunteer Responders
NHS Volunteer Responders are here to help people in England to stay safe during COVID-19. They have been set up by NHS England and NHS Improvement, working with Royal Voluntary Service and the GoodSAM app. Volunteers help people:
- avoid busy places by collecting their shopping, medicines and other important items
- have regular contact with other people by making regular friendly phone calls
- get to medical appointments by giving lifts.
The Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak. Their ‘How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak‘ page provides links to support such as Looking after your mental health and wellbeing when staying at home, loneliness during coronavirus, parenting during the coronavirus outbreak and much more.
Help for parents and persons with parental responsibility
During the COVID-19 pandemic the freedom to engage in typical day-to-day activities has been reduced, the most immediate sources of support, respite and socialisation with friends and family limited, and attendance at local parent and baby groups removed.
The potential for all parents to feel isolated has been increased, regardless of whether they are experiencing a mental health issue or not. The potential for young people to experience mental health issues has increased too.
Whatever the circumstance, it is important to remember that help is at hand and you are not alone.
There is a lot of support available to parents who may be going through a difficult time:
The Mental Health Foundation
- Returning to school after lockdown including support for parents
- Coping during coronavirus: through babies’ eyes
- Parenting during the coronavirus outbreak
- Coping with coronavirus: a guide for young people
- Talking to your children about the coronavirus pandemic
The NSPCC is providing Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers. Whether you’re working from home with children or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, they’ve got tips and advice for you:
Young Minds has a section on their website specifically developed to help parents at this time:
North Yorkshire County Council
The council has a range of services dedicated to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health:
Take a look at our support for children and young people section for further support options for young people including support provided locally and please encourage the young people in your life to take a look, or at least let them know it’s there if they need it.