Mental Health

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental and emotional distress can affect us all and is in many ways a very normal thing; with 1 in 4 of us struggling with something every year.  Sometimes our emotions become overwhelming and we need some help.

Deciding that you want help and want to make a change is the first step in taking back control of your life and your mental wellbeing and the good news is that there are lots of free services that can give you the support and time you need to help you fully.

We aim to keep this information as up to date as possible, but sometimes services can change so we apologise if any of the information or links provided are out of date and always appreciate you letting us know.

Support from my GP Practice

Your Social Prescriber

Sometimes we struggle with our mental health because of problems with loneliness, inactivity, or chronic pain, illness and other lifestyle factors that could be causing mental and physical health difficulties or because of struggles with housing, work, benefits, bills or debts.

At Pathfields we are very lucky to have Link Workers (also known as a Social Prescribers). These are professionals trained in supporting people through life’s stresses and can help link people with supports in their community.

They can meet with you and spend time talking to you about what is stressing you or what you would like to change and can support you to reach your goals over time. They can also direct you to lots of useful services in the area. You can request an appointment with the social prescriber by speaking with reception or any staff at the surgery.

I Want to Help Myself

Self-help can be great when you are starting to struggle but have the strength and motivation to help yourself make positive changes in your life.

Waiting lists for mental health services can be long, but these resources can give you support straight away and give you the power to make the changes you want to make.

The skills you learn through self-help can help you recover from your difficulties and also deal with future challenges in your life.

Websites:

The NHS Website has lots of useful information:

 Further resources

  • www.marbleslostandfound.co.uk – This is a great website with lots of self-help resources for many different types of therapies. It also has useful links to other services and resources.
  • www.getselfhelp.co.uk/ is a website that discusses how to manage and recover from many forms of emotional health issues, from anxiety and depression through to coping strategies and how to better manage uncomfortable emotions.
  • www.7cups.com/ – connect you to volunteer listeners for 24/7 free emotional support

Apps:

  • Sleepio – a website from the sleep council with free app to help with sleep problems
  • Stop think breathe – a free mindfulness app to help with stress and low mood
  • Stay alive – a suicide prevention app
  • BlueIce – an NHS recommended app to help young people manage their emotions and self-harm
  • Calm Harm – an NHS recommended app to help reduce self-harm
  • Catch it App – an NHS app recommended learn to catch negative thoughts
  • Student Health App– an NHS recommended app for students to help reduce worries
  • Elefriends App- an App created by MIND that connects you to a supportive community online.

Books:

There are also many really good books on overcoming depression and anxiety and some of the ones we like are listed below.

  • The Chimp paradox – Dr Steve Peters
  • Finding Peace in a Frantic World – Mark Williams
  • Boderline Personality Disorder for Dummies – a book about boderline personality disorder (also called emotionally unstable personality disorder)
  • CBT for Dummies – a book about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; a useful therapy for many types of mental distress, such a; stress, anxiety or low mood.

I Want Talking Therapies

Sometimes we need a little extra help and there are lots of talking therapies and support services available.

Plymouth Options

This is the free NHS talking therapy service in Plymouth. You don’t need to see your GP to be referred.  You can refer yourself by emailing plymouthoptions@nhs.net or calling 01752 435419.

They will usually ask you questions about what your challenges are and what help you want. They can then offer therapies that might help.

Therapies they offer:

  • Group Work – in these groups you can say as little or as much as you want. Many people find groups helpful because they realise they are not alone with their mental health problems and there are other people out there who understand.
  • Counselling or Talking Therapy: this means talking to a counsellor or therapist about our thoughts and feelings. Often if something bad has happened in our past we blame ourselves or feel guilty; counselling can help us think about the past and how it may still be affecting us today and how we can feel better.
  • CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps us challenge unhelpful or negative thoughts and can help with low mood, depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) . It can build on the work you have done through self-help and help you make more progress.
  • Help with sexual problems

Rethink

Rethink offer one-to-one and group support for people struggling with mental health problems. You can refer yourself on their website: www.rethink.org or by calling 01752 251072.

They work with you to create a personalised support plan to help you reach your goals. They can help with things like; getting you involved in social, leisure, educational, training, volunteering, and employment opportunities and helping you with accommodation or to live independently.

Devon Mind

Devon Mind offer lots of free activities, support groups, low cost courses and counselling options. The staff that run these services are highly trained in lots of types of psychological therapies. You can self-refer by e-mailing: admin@devonmind.com, phoning 01752 512280, or visiting  www.devonmind.com

Headspace

Headspace are a drop-in evening service supported by the Community Mental Health Team. They offer safe, calm space for people approaching a crisis with one to one or group support. They run 7 days per week from 6-10pm. Their times and locations are posted daily on Facebook.

The Sunflower Women’s Centre

This is a women’s only wellbeing hub. They support women in lots of ways. They can help with substance abuse, childhood trauma, crime, domestic violence, mental health issues, accommodation, money issues, debt, body image, parenting, education or health and fitness.

They offer lots of free activities, accredited courses, counselling and practical support in a safe and supportive environment to help women thrive and develop. They have an onsite nursery for mums.

They welcome you to drop in to the centre at 29 Sutherland Road, Plymouth PL4 6BW or call 01752 977614.

Simply Counselling:

They offer affordable counselling for people living in Plymouth. You can phone them on 01752 560 900, email: simplycounsellingcic@gmail.com or visit www.simplycounselling.org

Eklipse Counselling

Low cost one-to-one Plymouth-based counselling service. You can call them on 07891 028960, Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm (excluding bank holidays),  or you can email: us@eklipseprojects.co.uk

The Mindset Project

The Mindset Project is based in Plymouth and aims to help people through life’s stresses with exercise and activity and support. You can get involved via the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheMindsetProjectCIC

Private Counselling

For those that can afford it and want to avoid the waits for therapy via Options there are lots of private talking therapy services and you can access.  The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has a list of registered professionals in your area. You can visit their website at www.bacp.co.uk

I Want Help from Other People like Me

Peer support from someone who has also had mental health problems can be very helpful.  People who have lived through similar issues and experiences to you can inspire you to see a better future for yourself and support you along the way to recovery. Peer support is available from lots of local organisations:

Devon Mind

Devon Mind offer lots of free activities, support groups and low cost courses and counselling options. The staff that run these services are highly trained in lots of types of psychological therapies.

You can self-refer by emailing: admin@devonmind.com, phoning 01752 512280, or visiting their website:  www.devonmind.com

Rethink

One-to-one and group support for people struggling with mental health issues. You can refer yourself on their website: www.rethink.org or by calling 01752 251072.

They work with you to create a personalised support plan to help you reach your goals. They can help with things like; getting you involved in social, leisure, educational, training, volunteering, and employment opportunities and helping you with accommodation or to live independently.

Headspace

Headspace are a drop-in evening service supported by the Community Mental Health Team. They offer safe, calm space for people approaching a crisis with one to one or group support. They run seven days per week from 6-10pm. Their times and locations are posted daily on Facebook.

The Sunflower Women’s Centre

This is a women’s only wellbeing hub. They support women in lots of ways, such as: help with substance abuse, childhood trauma, crime, domestic violence, mental health issues, accommodation, money issues, debt, body image, parenting, education or health and fitness.

They offer lots of free activities, accredited courses, counselling and practical support in a safe and supportive environment to help women thrive and develop. They have an onsite nursery for mums.

They welcome you to drop in to the centre at 29 Sutherland Road, Plymouth PL4 6BW or call 01752 977614.

Help for Survivors of Abuse or Trauma

Urgent Help

Everyone has a right to feel safe – if you are in danger or in an emergency phone 999.

If it is a non-emergency you can call the police non-emergency helpline on 101 or the Women’s Aid 24-hour helpline on 0808 2000 247.

The Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service (PDAS) provide help and support to women, men and families experiencing domestic abuse. They can provide confidential advice and support, one-to-one and group support sessions and can arrange safe transport and refuge.

You can call 0800 458 2558 or call 01752 562 286 to arrange refuge.

You can visit their website at: https://www.sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk/find-services/domestic-abuse/devon/plymouth-domestic-abuse-services-pdas

More Help for Survivors

First Light:  offer counselling and support for survivors of abuse or trauma: www.firstlight.org.uk

Operation Emotion: male only support groups for survivors of sexual abuse

The Sunflower Women’s Centre – is a women’s only safe space. They offer lots of different types of support for women and children. They welcome you to drop in to the centre at 29 Sutherland Road, Plymouth PL4 6BW or call 01752 977614.

SALT – South West Sexual Abuse Listening Therapy provide low cost talking therapy and support for anyone who has experienced child sexual abuse.

I Want Help with Work, Activities or Friendship

Having a job, a hobby or an occupation can help us to feel fulfilled, build our confidence and self-esteem and connect us to people around us. Looking after our mental health can mean finding a passion or purpose, or giving back to others. There are lots of services that can help you with this:

Your GP Surgery Social Prescriber/ Link Worker

At Pathfields we are very lucky to have Link Workers (also known as a Social Prescribers). These are professionals trained in supporting people through life’s stresses, to reach their goals and can help link people with their community.

They can meet with you and spend time talking to you what’s important to you and what you would like to achieve and can support you to reach your goals over time. You can request an appointment with the social prescriber by speaking with reception or any staff at the surgery.

Positive People

Offer 1:1 support to anyone over 25 not in employment who wants to think about getting back into work or activity, whatever the barrier.  They help build confidence, skills and support your to achieve your goals. You can call them on: 0800 334 5525, email at: info@positive-people.org.uk or visit their website:  www.positive-people.org.uk

Rethink

One-to-one and group support for people struggling with mental health issues. You can refer yourself on their website: www.rethink.org or by calling 01752 251072.

They work with you to create a personalised support plan to help you reach your goals. They can help with things like; getting you involved in social, leisure, educational, training, volunteering, and employment opportunities and helping you with accommodation or to live independently.

The Sunflower Women’s Centre

This is a women’s only wellbeing hub. They support women in lots of ways, such as: help with substance abuse, childhood trauma, crime, domestic violence, mental health issues, accommodation, money issues, debt, body image, parenting, education or health and fitness.

They offer lots of free activities, accredited courses, counselling and practical support in a safe and supportive environment to help women thrive and develop. They have an onsite nursery for mums.

They welcome you to drop in to the centre at 29 Sutherland Road, Plymouth PL4 6BW or call 01752 977614.

Crossroads

A fun and friendship centre in Plymouth with a Christian ethos who support people aged 18+ with mental health through recreational, leisure and educational activities.  Visit crossroadsfafc.co.uk

Elder Tree Befriending

Offer one-to-one befriending service for frail or isolated older people. They also offer social activities and exercise programmes. You can call them on: 01752 227 447  or visit their website: www.eldertreeplymouth.co.uk

The Mindset Project

The Mindset Project is based in Plymouth and aims to help people through life’s stresses with exercise and activity and support. You can get involved via the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheMindsetProjectCIC

Improving Lives, Wellbeing Hub

Improving Lives Wellbeing Hub in Mannamead offers advice and support e.g. with benefits, housing, consumer issues, employment, visual and hearing aids and social care. They also provide activities and support to people with learning disabilities and have an educational support programme for people with long-term health conditions. You can call or visit 01752 201900 their website at: www.improvinglivesplymouth.org.uk

 Improving Lives, Veteran Hub

This city centre hub provides social activity, peer support and mentoring, casework, support for older carers, and works with a range of organisations in the city to shape better pathways to employment, mental wellbeing, welfare, housing advice and financial information. You can call 01752 201766 or visit their website at: www.improvinglivesplymouth.org.uk

Shekinah

Shekinah offers support and opportunities to people recovering or seeking to recover from problems such as; homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviours or complex mental health problems. They are currently located at Bath Street, Plymouth. PL1 3LT or you can call 01752 203480.

Help for Students and Young People

Emotional distress or mental health problems can affect us all and is in many ways it’s a very normal thing; with 1 in 4 of us struggling with something every year.  Sometimes our emotions become overwhelming and we need some help and the good news is that there are lots of services there to support you.

Your GP should be the first port of call when you are thinking about medication to help with mood or when you feel unsafe and at risk of self-harm, suicide or feel you are a risk to others.

Schools and Universities may have access to counselling and emotional support services and it is often helpful to speak to your teachers or tutors to see what services they can offer. There are also other services in Plymouth which you or your parent/guardian can contact directly for support.

Text Service for Teens for Advice and Support

Parents / Carer’s text service to health visitors

Counselling and Support Services

The Zone, Plymouth

The Zone provide free and confidential information and support to young people. They can support young people with housing issues, emotional problems, sexual health and much more.

They have a drop in service available 6 days a week for 13 –25 year olds.

They can also give information and make referrals to specialist services in the Zone and in other organisations.

The Zone has two specialist services; Icebreak, an early intervention service for young people who are experiencing severe emotional distress and Insight, an early intervention service for young people who are experiencing early psychosis.

The Zone is currently located at; The Zone, 14-16 Union Street, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth, PL1 2SR.

You can phone them on: 01752 206626 or visit their website: www.thezoneplymouth.co.uk

Young Devon

Offer free counselling and support services, support with accommodation, support for young carers and skills training for young people.

You can call them for free on: 08082 810155 or visit their website at: www.youngdevon.org

Plymouth and District Mind Association

Offer advice, support and low cost counselling for people aged 14- 25 years. You can call them on: 01752 513694 or visit their website: www.plymouthmind.com

Harbour Drug and Alcohol Service

The Harbour Centre run the drug and alcohol treatment services in Plymouth for children and adults. Harbour is here to help anyone, including family and friends, affected by the misuse of drugs and alcohol by providing information, education, assessment and care co-ordination.

A telephone Advice and Information Service is available Monday to Friday 10am until 4.30pm, just call 01752 434343. This service is also available to families, friends and the wider community.

If you would like support from Harbour, you can attend their new Referral Drop in Service at the Harbour Centre, 1st floor Hyde Park House, Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LF:

  • 11am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday
  • 5pm to 5.30pm Wednesday (by appointment only)

Self Help

Websites

  • Kooth – a free online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people. kooth.com
  • Young Minds – A website for young people and parents with information and advice about young people’s mental health. youngminds.org.uk

Apps

  • BlueIce App– an NHS recommended App to help young people with self- harm and managing emotions.
  • Calm Harm App – An NHS recommended app to help reduce self-harm.
  • Catch it App – an NHS app recommended learn to catch negative thoughts,
  • Student Health App – an NHS recommended app for students to reduce worries.

Text Support

  • crisistextline.uk – 24/7 free crisis support by text. Text Shout to 85258

I Want Help with Self Harm

Self-harm is increasingly commonly used as a coping strategy by some people.  It’s not a great coping strategy as there are other better and less harmful approaches that can be used but none the less many of us do resort to self-harm when we are overwhelmed with emotions.  If you are thinking of harming yourself or if you care for someone who has started self-harming please do seek prompt medical advice from your GP.  Often this is best started with a conversation over the phone with a member of our medical team who can offer same day support and book an extended GP appointment if needed.

Most people who self-harm do NOT go on to commit suicide, so if you are caring for someone who is self-harming – don’t panic! Stay calm, don’t get angry – just offer them love and support and make contact with your GP.

If you are considering more significant self-harm or have cut yourself deeply it is often best to go to the A&E department.

I Want Help with Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts are quite common.  Many of us have the occasional thought such as “what would happen if I crashed my car into that tree” and this is nothing to worry about.

BUT when we start to think about suicide often or the thoughts of suicide start intruding into daily life or if we just can’t see a future for ourselves it’s time to get help.

You can speak to your GP – often it is best to start by calling the surgery and having a phone conversation with a member of our acute medical team who might be able to help over the phone or book an longer GP appointment so you can be helped properly rather than trying to squeeze it all into a 10 minute slot.  Often when people call in crisis we are unable to speak to them immediately but will get back to them the same day.

If it is very urgent, you feel at risk or if you feel you cannot keep yourself safe you should get yourself to a place of safety such as A&E or call 999.

I Need Urgent Help

If you feel that you are in crisis or need urgent support then please contact your GP Surgery or NHS 111.

If you are involved with the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) then you can also call them on 0845 207 7711.

If it is very urgent, you feel at risk or if you feel you cannot keep yourself safe you should get yourself to a place of safety such as A&E or call 999.

Other Crisis Services:

Headspace

Drop- in evening service supported by the Community Mental Health Team. They offer safe, calm space for people approaching a crisis with one to one or group support. They run seven days per week from 6-10pm. Their times and locations are posted daily on Facebook. www.colebrooksw.org/head-space

Samaritans

24-hours a day listening and support. Free Call 116 123

Shout

24-hours a day free crisis support by text. Text Shout to 85258 or visit www.crisistextline.uk

SANE – SANEline are available 4.30pm and 10.30pm each evening on 0300 304 7000

Papyrus

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice. They are open:

9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays. Call: 0800 068 4141. Text: 07860039967.

Campaign against living miserably (CALM) for men

Suicide Prevention for young men. They have a helpline 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. Call 0800 58 58 58.

Childline

Support for children and young people online or via phone. Call: 0800 1111

Covid-19 and Your Mental Health

As the national and international situation continues to develop, we thought the videos linked below from the Anna Freud Centre may be of interest. The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young people and their families. They have created a video for adults designed to provide guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the Coronavirus. There is also a video you may wish to share with young people in your household here which offers advice for young people about managing their mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus situation.

Parents link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnANLAcpRZ4&authuser=0

Children’s links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME5IZn4-BAk&authuser=0

https://ymhproject.org/covid-19-and-the-mental-health-of-your-children/

https://www.plymouthonlinedirectory.com/healthandwellbeing/healthandwellbeing/mentalhealth/childrenyoungpeople

  1. The World Health Organization (WHO) has dedicated a section of their website to COVID-19 with daily updates based on facts.
  2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a webpage dedicated to information on COVID-19 and guidance on managing mental health and coping for children and caregivers.
  3. The JED Foundation has fantastic tips for teens and young adults on practicing self-care.
  4. McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has written an excellent blog on how to care for mental health during this challenging time.
  5. The National Association of School Psychologists has prepared this guide as a resource for talking to your children about the virus.
  6. The American Psychological Association has written tips for keeping the news in perspective:  5 Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus.
  7. At The Youth Mental Health Project, we have a free, downloadable guide for Talking With Kids about Emotions and Feelings, which is a great place to start when the world becomes a scary place.

Urgent Mental Health Helpline for Adults in Plymouth

Source: covid-19-and-the-mental-health-of-your-children/.