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1 2013 update Information about mental wellbeing services in Leeds sunny low pressured depressed moderate high cloudy cold stormy thundery changeable settled fine

2 Support in Leeds for you, your friends and your family At least one in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our life, particularly anxiety or depression. There is a lot of help available, but it can be difficult to know which service is suitable and how to access it. If you are feeling concerned the best first step is to talk to your doctor (GP) as they can either refer you to a suitable service, or give you information about what else might help. People of all ages can experience emotional distress and you will not be wasting your GP s time by talking about how you feel. Alternatively there are services that you can contact yourself. There are many services in Leeds that are not included in this leaflet. For a full directory of local services visit

3 Contact the following services for talking therapy or counselling NHS Primary Care Mental Health Service works with people aged 17 and over with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression to develop new ways of coping. It offers guided self help, stress and mood management, and one to one talking therapy. There are also three voluntary agencies that provide part of this service (Touchstone, Leeds Counselling & Community Links) (Line open Monday Friday, 8.30am 4pm) Cruse Bereavement Care provides support, information and practical advice to any bereaved adult who lives in Leeds The Market Place offers free and confidential counselling and support for young people aged to work through their issues at their own pace. Some services available up to 25 years old The following independent services may charge for some types of counselling, but fees are usually set according to your income or involve a voluntary contribution. Call to find out more. Leeds Counselling provides counselling and therapy through a range of services for adults and children/young people Women s Counselling and Therapy Service offers individual therapy, group therapy and art therapy to women on a low-income Relate provides relationship counselling for individuals, couples and children, family counselling, and sex therapy Leeds Mind Counselling offers sessions for individuals, couples and families

4 Contact the following services for self help and social support Leeds Mind Peer Support Service runs self help courses, workshops and support groups on topics such as confidence building and self esteem Community Alternatives Team is a Leeds City Council service for adults with mental health issues. It offers social and leisure groups in the community to reduce isolation and support recovery Touchstone Support Centre offers support to improve the mental wellbeing of all Black and Minority Ethnic people, including carers. Touchstone staff and volunteers speak community languages Carers Leeds provides information, advice and social and emotional support for unpaid carers advice Citizens Advice Bureau call for information about issues such as benefits or debt advice. Leeds CAB also includes a specialist team for people using mental health services National advice line alcohol support ADS (Addiction Dependency Solutions) offers advice, information, support, for people experiencing problems with alcohol Leeds Addiction Unit Support for people who misuse alcohol and other drugs, including those who have moderate or severe mental health problems

5 Services that you may need a referral for If you need specialist support, your GP may refer you to the NHS mental health provider Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Following referral you would be offered an appointment with a mental health worker who will assess the best type of treatment for you. Leeds City Council Adult Social Care also provide a range of services such as employment and education support, day centres, housing support workers and social groups. You can be referred or you can contact them yourself through Customer Services and they will arrange for someone to make an assessment of your situation. Call Customer Services on or visit a One Stop Centre. There are also many voluntary sector agencies, some of which are funded by the NHS or Leeds City Council. They provide a variety of services for people with mental health problems including one-to-one support, housing support, befriending, employment support and art groups. Generally you need to be referred to these services so talk to your health worker or search on:

6 What to do if you re in a crisis If you feel that you are in a crisis and need immediate help go to your GP. Your GP can then assess your needs, and if appropriate refer you to the NHS Crisis Team. If you need support outside of surgery hours you can access Local Care Direct by contacting your GP by telephone. Alternatively you can access NHS Direct free by calling 111. Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service is for anyone who feels distressed or who feels lonely. They run the Connect telephone helpline and Dial House. Connect Helpline is open 6pm-10.30pm every night of the year. It provides up to an hour of emotional support by telephone. Call Dial House is an overnight house for crisis support. It is open 6pm-2am Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Call on the night you wish to visit Dial House Taxis are available. The Samaritans is a 24 hour listening service for people feeling suicidal, depressed or in crisis

7 Where to get more information Local Websites: Leeds Mental Health Directory: Leeds Directory of Bereavement Services: National websites: General information and self help material is available on a national websites including: Mind: Mental Health Foundation: Rethink Mental Illness: Local help/advice lines Connect Helpline: (6pm-10.30pm every night of the year). Up to an hour of emotional support by telephone. Leeds Cruse Bereavement Careline: (10am 12noon, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). Helpline for bereaved people offering support and information. Leeds Women s Aid: (24 hour every day of the year). Helpline for women experiencing domestic violence. Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds: (6pm 8pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday Tuesday. 2 5pm Sun) Confidential support for women and girls who have been affected by sexual violence.

8 National help/advice lines: Mind Infoline: (9am 6pm, Monday to Friday) Free information line on any aspect of mental health (language interpretation available) Age UK Advice Line: (8am-7pm, every day of the year). Free information line for older people, relatives, friends, professionals and carers Childline: (24 hours, every day of the year). Free confidential phone counselling service for any child. Contact childline online at Young Minds Parents Helpline: (9.30am 4pm, Monday to Friday). A helpline for parents and adults concerned about the mental health of children Samaritans: hours listening service, or (aim to reply in 12 hours). It s time to talk about mental health! Time to Change is a national campaign to challenge stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health. Pledge your support at Find out what s going on in Leeds and how to get involved at Watch films of local people sharing their experiences at The Wellbeing Web is a Leeds blog where individuals can share what helps maintain their wellbeing. Read or contribute to the blog at Information correct June With acknowledgement to the original leaflet produced by Information for Mental Health, Leeds Mind.

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