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MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING A Guide to looking after you and your pharmacy team members We are not all in the same boat, but We are all in the same storm. We have our own storms to sail let us support each other. #Be kind In a world where we can be anything, BE KIND Caroline Flack, 2020
CONTENT Page 3 Introduction, Mental health first aid Your support Page 4 Your mental health Local mental health support CRISIS - contact details Page 5 Self-care implementation CRISIS - how to support Page 6 & 7 Making changes Connect 5 Page 8 Management support Useful Tools and links supporting others This information should be readily available to any Pharmacy team Page 9-11 member. Please display on staff Amy Oatway- Kellys Chemist. Community pharmacy mental health proposal notice boards, colleague areas, add to sign posting folders. The information in this strategy is the intellectual property of Amy Oatway and If possible, print and give to each may be reproduced only with reference to its originator. Contact Tees LPC for staff member for reference and further information Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org. ensure they are aware it is a tool for them to use and management Page12 COVID 19 support supports them to do so. Resources & useful links Pages 13 MECC – Making Every Contact Count Useful links Hmmmm this may Page 14-15 be an interesting Signposting read. Shall I pop the kettle on? Page 16 References
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING TEES LPC INTRODUCTION MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID We have a passion for mental health and believe that many of us do not Mental health first aid training is the recognize the impact that our own mental wellbeing can have on ourselves and our work. It is something that creeps up on us when we are often at our most equivalent of a physical first aider within vulnerable, it takes time and we may slowly make changes to our personalities, your business. Although it is not actions and behaviors at such a slow rate that the signs to ourselves and to compulsory to have as part of your others are often missed….instead it becomes ‘who we are.’ There is still a stigma team it is highly recommended to do so. around looking after ourselves and not having time to practice self-care – and A MHFA trained team member will be let’s be honest those practicing self-care are often seen as ‘lucky to have the able to support staff around mental time’ to have break/time out/a walk etc. We believe that by making some minor health and wellbeing issues. Although changes now will have a greater impact over time. Self-care should be part of they are not trained counsellors, they will your routine of looking after yourself just like eating a balanced diet, doing some be able to listen, Reassure and respond exercise, and having good sleep hygiene. even in times of crisis. We hope that the information included in this document is useful either for https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/ad yourself, a family member, or a work colleague. We are coming into a Position ult/ where the pressure from the pandemic is easing none of us have had time to think, plan or prepare, we have simply gone into fight mode, we have been Who is the mental health first aider in running on adrenaline, working long hours, short staffed for a number of weeks. your pharmacy? Now is the time to prepare for us to go into a period of recovery, we will all need it. We all have mental health to look after, find your way to protect yours and (This is someone with a qualification not restart your pharmacy journey as a mentally healthy pharmacy. the ‘parent’ of the pharmacy or longest For more detail around ‘what is mental health’ please see; https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/about-mental- standing employee!) health/what-mental-health This person should be well known to all The latest blog from Public Health England has some brilliant information with staff members and should be added to national and local guidance can be found at; the signposting folder. If you do not https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/05/21/no-health-without-mental- have a first aider who is your mental health-why-this-matters-now-more-than-ever/ health lead? Can they organize a mental Health first aid trained member ACTION - Complete the following; of staff? What support does my company offer? Tees LPC offer MHFA training: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/tees- Contact name…………………………………………………………………………. lpc-5312729593 Website/email…………………………………………………………………………. PHARMACY MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDER . Phone number…………………………………………………………………………. ………………………………………………….
MY MENTAL HEALTH, MY WELLBEING It is important to recognize that it is your responsibility to look after your own mental health just like your physical health. No one else can take responsibility for your health, it sounds harsh I know! However, it is the truth, think about this…… Have you ever smoked? Why did you stop? If you haven’t smoked, why didn’t you start? Can we guess that is because it is ‘bad for you’? that it will impact negatively on your health? Reduce your life expectancy? Well guess what, Mind is a national charity supporting The same can be said for mental health, yet it doesn’t seem to be on everyone’s those with mental health issues. This priority list, I suspect this is because Mental health is not seen by those never may be from someone diagnosed with affected or recognized that they have been. Once you have been given an a specific condition, looking for a inside view no matter how slight, you will understand the importance of looking support with recovery or for simple after yourself mentally. It is a doorway that once opened, you can easily find guidance to self-care. Anyone can self- yourself walking through without realizing entering a room of the unknown, filled refer into a local MIND service. Each with your own solitude. A doorway that you will always be aware is there and the area offers different services. only way to stay on this side is to ensure self-care and awareness of you own http://www.middlesbroughandstockton mental health and emotional wellbeing. mind.org.uk/services-support.aspx There is a lot to be said about our emotional wellbeing and the link to Middlesbrough 01642 680706 lifestyles.(Hoeger W.W. Hoeger, S.A., Hoeger, C.I. and Fawson, A.L., 2018. ) Don’t we lead busy lives? Always on the go, always working later, harder, faster. I don’t Stockton 01642 524714 believe a lot of our lives are choices, it seems we have fallen into the way of the Redcar 01642 838300 world, fitting into expectations and following patterns of those around us without thought or question. It seems that over time we have become creatures of the Hartlepool 01429 269303 never ending, a constant source of work, achievement, money, materialistic objects, a need to be better, constant communication virtually, handheld gadgets taped to our hands, an unconscious mind being given messages to look prettier, slimmer, more defined, more manly, stronger, handsome, rich…….. CRISIS basically, have it all ‘just right’ to be ‘liked’. Have you thought about your lifestyle lately? How does it make you feel? Is it as If someone is in CRISIS, it may mean you would want it to be? Do you want to make some changes? Do you need to that there is a risk of life. make some changes? If So, What will that be? How will you do that? Hopefully this document will help you along with the following link You can ring 999 for help. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/looking-after-your-mental- If you feel someone is at breaking health point and needs professional support instantly, this is also a CRISIS. WELLBEING You can contact your one point of ‘Wellbeing can be access mental health crisis team PHYSICAL understood as how people directly 24 hours a day, seven days a feel and how they week, using the telephone numbers function on a personal and below: a social level and how they evaluate their lives as a whole’ 0300 0200317 (New economics,2012) EMOTIONAL SOCIAL Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
HOW DO I PUT SELF-CARE INTO PRACTICE? Listen, this doesn’t have to be a huge effort! When we think about selfcare we often think about luxurious spa days, golf trips with buddies or weekends away or other big, planned time consuming events that take a lot of organization and sometimes recovery from! No wonder we say ‘we don’t have time’ Self-care is so much smaller, its little everyday tasks that we do just for us and that will be different for everyone. Make your bed on a morning - give yourself a sense of achievement, Have a break - just a ten minute cuppa, feels worthwhile. Switch off the gadgets- take a mental break from the strains of a screen, Detox from social media- get away from the likes and notifications of virtual life or someone needing/demanding your attention. CRISIS Because here’s the thing………. Each person in CRISIS can look different to the next, it is difficult to say how to You do have time treat someone in crisis, it is possible that they may not be aware themselves that Because your time is yours, they are in crisis. Key points to be aware You get to choose what you do with it. of when supporting a person in crisis Yes sometimes we seem controlled by external components - Work, family life, are; Relationships, Financial burdens- Just life itself? • Be calm. • Listen, really listen to what their But life is what we make it, we do have the control, we do have the power, we words mean. just need to reach inside and find what it is that we need ( Murphy, J., 2008)- now • Focus on the individual, forget that is the hard part because you will need a moment, some space or a little disruption going on around you. quiet time to: • Find a quiet area if possible. Focus on you, only you, • Reassure them, they are not Recognize your self-worth Admit that you deserve the time, that You need time alone. Realize that perhaps the life that you have built and the lifestyle you are leading • Reassure them that you can may have slipped into one that reduces the amount of time you give yourself, help them. without noticing how it treats you and what impact it has on you and your loved • Contact your MHFA trained staff ones. if you have one or use the Empower yourself to take control, trust in yourself. helplines above. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to- TIME It is the most precious gift you can give, there is no taking back, time spent z/c/crisis-care on you will always be worthwhile. So, give a little Time to YOU! As L’Oréal says ‘you’re worth it’ As Tesco says ‘Every little helps’ As Nike says ‘just do it’ Take notice the signs are all around you! Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you Katie Reed
HOW DO I MAKE IT WORK FOR ME? It isn’t easy making changes, we are creatures of habit and follow patterns of those around us as well as continuing habits that we know, often taught to us by family members or our close communities that we live in. Finding the way to a better mental health will require you to take a moment and to take notice of who you are, how you feel and how you act. You will need to see the importance of pressing the pause button momentarily to enable you to see your own bigger picture and how your thoughts, feelings and actions interlink, using the 5 ways to wellbeing will support you. (Seetharamdoo, R.S., 2018) We can access information online to support ourselves, https://wellbeinginfo.org/self-help/wellbeing/5-ways-to-wellbeing/ or use a training program such as ‘Connect 5’ recommended by Public Health These simple 5 steps will make the most England and delivered by Tees LPC impact on our lives, these are the ‘small https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/tees-lpc-5312729593 things’ that protect us and offer a long term benefit to our mental and Connect 5 will not just impact on our own wellbeing but any lives that you emotional wellbeing, touch, friends, colleagues, family, most important to myself is teaching my children and other young people in my life the lessons that seem to have been VIDEO TO WATCH WITH MORE INFO: lost over the generations as time has passed so quickly and as technology has increased our workloads have increased yet our time for ourselves and to see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb5 the beauty in the world around us seems to have decreased. NqV2bqGI&t=20s 1. Connect There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages. With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection. • Talk to someone instead of sending an email. • Speak to someone new. • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you. 2. Be active Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age- related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being. But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good - slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise. Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas: • Take the stairs not the lift. • Go for a walk at lunchtime. • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning. • Walk to work or to perform duties such as shopping. Talk to yourself like you would someone you love Brene brown
HOW DO I MAKE IT WORK FOR ME? 3. Take notice Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savoring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities. Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations. Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas: • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day. • Take a different route on your journey to or from work. • Visit a new place for lunch. 4. Learn Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing. Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas: • Find out something about your colleagues. • Sign up for a class. • Read the news or a book. 5. Give Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing. Each aspect of our being is like a cog in a greater machine. Each cog has a part to play in its own right but within the greater piece is an integral part of functioning. Everything about us needs to connect in this way. (Synder 2001)
I AM A MANAGER, HOW DO I SUPPORT? It is really difficult knowing how to react to a member of staff when dealing with mental health, the issues raised will be different for everyone and we cannot treat everyone in the same way as that may not suit…what we can do is ensure we gave the same space, same time, and same respect to ensure the outcome is a member of staff who feels listened to and supported without judgement regardless of their situation. As described in the Mental Health Foundation help kit; ‘Anyone can develop mental ill health at almost any time in their life, just as they can a physical illness. Mental ill health is no respecter of age, background or circumstances. It can be triggered by a range of things – including ostensibly happy events like getting married, having a baby, getting a new job or a being promoted. Other things may cause mental ill health are trauma, neglect or abuse in childhood, Body chemistry and substance misuse. There are many different types of mental health conditions. Please use the following link to find Mental ill health affects different people in different ways, including the length out an overview of each and how you can of time they experience it for. In general, we categorize mental ill health as support anyone with the way they may be temporary, fluctuating or ongoing.’ feeling or acting. https://www.mind.org.uk/information- - Temporary – the person experiences the condition for a short time and recovers after treatment. support/helping-someone-else/ - Fluctuating – sometimes the person experiences the condition, and sometimes Wellness Actions Plans (WAPs) are an they don't. easy, practical way of helping you to support your own mental health at - Ongoing – the person experiences the mental health condition all the time but work, and if you are a manager, helping controls it through one or a combination of the following: Medication, Talking therapies, Self-help, Practical support. you to support the mental health of your team members. Common types of support are as follows. https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental- - Medication – prescribed by a GP or psychiatrist, this may, for example, alleviate health-at-work/taking-care-of-your- depression or anxiety by calming people down or combating sleeplessness or staff/employer-resources/wellness-action- thought disturbance. plan-download/ - Talking therapies – such as IAPT Managers guide; (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), counseling, cognitive https://www.mind.org.uk/media- behavioral therapy (CBT) or psychotherapy. A GP, the mental health service or a/4660/mental-health-at-work-1_tcm18- Employee Assistance Scheme may all afford access to these. 10567.pdf - Self-help – including learning mindfulness techniques and improving wellbeing through How to support staff; diet and exercise. https://www.mind.org.uk/media/550657/reso urce4.pdf Additional practical support – such as helping the individual to resolve financial issues, advising them on lifestyle choices (including diet and exercise) or pointing them FAQs from Line Managers; in the direction of relationship advice or counseling. It may be that you need to https://www.mind.org.uk/media/43330/line_ think about conditions that a person may not normally suffer with eg OCD, Anxiety or Agoraphobia. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Agoraphobia manager_Webinar_FAQs_final.pdf There are a range of resources that you can download and print or use to support your staff and colleagues during COVID 19 How to have a mentally healthy workplace https://www.samaritanfamilywellness.org https://www.mind.org.uk/media/43247/Reso urce1_Mentally_Healthy_workplacesFINAL_p df.pdf Remember, it is not your responsibility to ‘fix’ anyone. You are not the expert in mental health. You are responsible to provide an approachable environment where staff feel safe to speak, you must be aware of your signposting details.
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Patient and staff Mental health first aid kits Just as most places have first aid kits – I would like to implement a small mental health 'first aid kit' that is available and cost effective. Based on the Public Health England Connect 5 program and MHFA training I have devised items that could possibly be included in the kit - * tissues * jellybean’s / marshmallows (practice mindfulness) * a notebook and pen * crisis plan sheet – for patients to take away. * a pom-pom to take (Sensory - works mostly with restlessness) * signposting to services – crisis teams, local therapy services etc. Two separate kits would exist – one that we could use for patients and one that staff could have access to for their own personal use. With the customer kit, a mental health first aider or staff who are comfortable and confident in helping someone in possible need of mental health first aid could assists – this includes if the patient needs help to call a service or someone who can take them to safety. Also look to local creatives who might wish to donate their products for customer packs. Based on MHFA training I have come up with some ideas that could be included in a Crisis plan sheet – this could be made into a table/easy fold leaflet- * A list of the signs that indicate that I am no longer able to make decisions for myself, or that I am no longer able to be responsible for myself or to make appropriate decisions, When I clearly have some of the above signs, make a list of people to make decisions for me, see that I get appropriate treatment and to give me care and support. * List of people I do not want involved in any way in my care or treatment. List names and (optionally) why you do not want them involved. * Preferred medications and why, Acceptable medications and why, Unacceptable medications and why, Acceptable treatments and why, Unacceptable treatments and why. * Home/Community Care/Respite Options Preferred treatment facilities and why, Unacceptable treatment facilities and why. * What I want from my supporters when I am feeling bad, What I don’t want from my supporters when I am feeling this bad, What I want my supporters to do if I’m a danger to myself or others. * Things I need others to do for me and who I want to do it, How I want disagreements between my supporters settled, Things I can do for myself, Indicators that supporters no longer need to use this plan. Summary “Run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow” From Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar speech 2020 As a pharmacy, we would like to become a centre for Mental health awareness as well as a support network and signposting focused place that people can come to if they need to seek advice. We have been inspired as well from the above quote that care in self well-being, will lead to healthy mental well-being. Thank you, take care and keep well. Amy Oatway
COVID 19 SUPPORT & RESOURCES Our current working day is like nothing we have ever seen. Not only to we need to cope with changes at work we have our own personal thoughts and feelings to deal with and for many of us the worry of our family needs too. The strain at home being equal to the pressures at work creating an environment with no time off, time out, release etc. We don’t know how COVID 19 will impact on us or those around us, but we can prepare for any eventuality by using the resources below. However you are feeling in these uncertain times is okay. There is no right way. (Salovey, P. and Mayer, J.D., 2004) We have been thrown into a huge national crisis with pharmacy part of the backbone keeping people alive. There has been no choice but to carry on providing our service with changes to safety and daily protocols, risking our own health by being a key worker. We have been running on adrenaline entering fight mode as soon as the pandemic hit, working long hours on skeleton staff. What longer term effect will that have? How long can A guide to everything you need to know we carry on working in this manner? Is now the time to put some simple self- during the pandemic. care practice into your pharmacy environment as we ease into the new http://www.stopsuicidenenc.org/wp- normal? Tees LPC offer support with pharmacy reset information along with content/uploads/2020/04/COVID_19_bo planning tools and useful mental health support oklet_network.pdf https://psnc.org.uk/tees-lpc/about-us/mental-health-support/ Coping with worry and anxiety https://www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and- anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/ Free resources https://www.psychologytools.com/psychological-resources-for-coronavirus- covid-19/ Supporting children and young people https://emergingminds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID19_advice- for-parents-and-carers_20.3_.pdf Support for pharmacist and families https://pharmacistsupport.org/how-we-can-help/wardley-wellbeing-hub/ Pharmacist and teams can use the following. The ACTNow https://pharmacistsupport.org/how-we-can-help/listening-friends/ campaign aims to raise the importance Free apps are available until December 2020 – you may need an NHS email to of wellbeing. access the following Allow time for https://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2020/03/free-access-to-wellbeing-apps- wellbeing for-all-nhs-staff Consider needs of Resources to use alongside campaigns colleagues https://www.ics.ac.uk/ICS/Education/Wellbeing/ICS/Wellbeing.aspx?hkey=9234 Take action 8f51-a875-4d87-8ae4-245707878a5c Access to self-help across Tees https://teesvalleyccg.nhs.uk/launch-of-teessides-new-psychological-wellbeing- therapies-service/ NATIONAL SUPPORT- covid19 Support with Mental Health for NHS workers this includes pharmacy frontline staff simply fill out the registration form www.frontline19.com or contact the hotline 07:00 to 23:00 daily 0300 131 7000 or use the text service; text FRONTLINE to 85258 Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light Albus Dumbledore
MAKING EVERY CONTACT COUNT (MECC) SMOKING https://www.todayistheday.co.uk/ North Tees https://www.nth.nhs.uk/services/stop- smoking-service/ South Tees https://www.stopsmokingsouthtees.co. uk/want-to-quit/ MECC – making every contact count is not about adding another job to your already busy working day, people becoming specialists or experts in certain lifestyle areas or telling somebody how to live their lives. SLEEP You can learn more about the MECC training program by attending a Tees LPC training session https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/tees-lpc-5312729593 https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep Many of us have adapted our work ethos to include Making Every Contact -guidelines-covid-19-isolation count into our daily conversations when interacting with our patients but what https://www.mind.org.uk/information- about ourselves and our colleagues? Is there an opportunity to give a health support/types-of-mental-health- message to a work mate during breaks or with general conversations problems/sleep-problems/sleep- happening in your pharmacy that may be brought about with the impact that problems/ COVID19 may have had on us? https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind- Difficulty sleeping, drinking alcohol more regular, smoking more than usual or matters/sleep/ choosing to eat more comfort foods are all possible links to poor mental health be aware of this and choose how make every contact count and make a difference to someone that you work with. The MECC website is the easiest and most up to date tool to use for all your signposting needs – simply pick your area, choose your topic and all your local services will be available! FOOD www.meccgateway.co.uk/nenc https://www.mind.org.uk/information- support/tips-for-everyday-living/food- and-mood/about-food-and-mood/ Making every contact count enables organisations and https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/co individuals to develop and to be able to use a different vid-19-corona-virus-advice-for-the- approach to working with people to address health and general-public.html wellbeing. Telling people what to do is not the most https://www.mind.org.uk/information- effective way to help them to change. Making every support/tips-for-everyday-living/food- contact count is about altering how we interact to talk and-mood/about-food-and-mood/ to people about their wellbeing. ALCOHOL/DRUG USE https://alcoholchange.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help-now/coronavirus- information-and-advice-hub http://www.balancenortheast.co.uk/ https://www.talktofrank.com/ R&C and Hartlepool; https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/ North tees-https://www.changegrowlive.org/recovery-service-stockton/info Middlesbrough -https://foundationshealthcare.co.uk/
SIGNPOSTING OCD ACTION Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice. Support for people with OCD. Includes information on (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety- treatment and online resources. depression/mental-health-helplines/) Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge ANXIETY UK OCD UK Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm) Includes facts, news and treatments. Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) Website: Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk BIPOLAR UK PAPYRUS A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. Young suicide prevention society. Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays) Website: www.papyrus-uk.org CALM CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged RETHINK MENTAL ILLNESS 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight) Support and advice for people living with mental illness. Website: www.thecalmzone.net Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm) Website: www.rethink.org MEN'S HEALTH FORUM SAMARITANS 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION Website: www.samaritans.org.uk Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities. SANE Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. MIND SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm) Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the problems. person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum Website: www.mind.org.uk Website: www.sane.org.uk/support NO PANIC CRIME VICTIMS Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to RAPE CRISIS help overcome your phobia or OCD. To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm) minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk Website: www.nopanic.org.uk
Victim Support Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline) RELATIONSHIPS Website: www.victimsupport.org RELATE- : WWW.RELATE.ORG.UK Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence) Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child YOUNGMINDS cruelty. Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline) Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour parents and professionals. helpline) Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, Website: www.nspcc.org.uk 9.30am to 4pm) Website: www.youngminds.org.uk LEARNING DISABILITIES MENCAP ADDICTION (DRUGS, ALCOHOL, GAMBLING) Charity working with people with a learning disability, their ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS families and carers. Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline) Website: www.mencap.org.uk Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk PARENTING NATIONAL GAMBLING HELPLINE PHONE: 0808 8020 133 (DAILY, 8AM TO MIDNIGHT) FAMILY LIVES WEBSITE: WWW.BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying. Narcotics Anonymous Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight) Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm) Website: www.ukna.org Website: www.familylives.org.uk ALZHEIMER'S BEST BEGINNINGS Free NHS-accredited Baby Buddy app offering evidence-based ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY information and self-care tools to help parents during pregnancy and early stages of parenting. Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and App users also have access to a confidential, text-based Crisis helplines. Messenger which provides 24/7 support for new and expectant Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and parents who are feeling extremely anxious or overwhelmed. 10am to 4pm on weekends) WEBSITE: WWW.ALZHEIMERS.ORG.UK PANDAS Pre and post-natal depression support Helpline open from 9am-8pm every day – 0843 2898 401 email support available – firstname.lastname@example.org BEREAVEMENT REFUGE CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE Advice on dealing with domestic violence. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline) Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) Website: www.refuge.org.uk Website: www.cruse.org.uk EATING DISORDERS Child Bereavement UK Tel: 0800 02 888 40 BEAT Website: www.childbereavementuk.org Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s) Website: www.b-eat.co.uk Sands- stillbirth and neonatal death society Helpline 0808 164 3332 email@example.com Miscarriage association firstname.lastname@example.org 01924 200799 Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm
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