This has been a tough year for all of us. For some incredibly tough. Everyone goes through difficult times, but sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you are not alone.
If you need help right away, or feel at risk of harming yourself - here are some contacts:
- If you feel you are in imminent danger call 999 or attend A&E
- Call the surgery or 111 if out of hours - We will always prioritise patients who are feeling suicidal
- Call Samaritans free on 116123 (24 hours) https://giveusashout.org/get-help/
- Text SHOUT to 85258 for free support via text (24 hours)
If you need help from a professional
- Access Sefton is our open access NHS counselling and talking therapies service based in Bootle. Tel: 0300 303 2708 Web: https://www.insighthealthcare.org/our-services/talking-therapies/find-a-service/access-sefton/
- Request an appointment directly. The best way is through eCONSULT and searching for "depression" or "anxiety". This then provides the doctor with the key assessment and allows more time to discuss how to manage.
- We can refer you to our social prescribing team and health and wellbeing service to support you in utilising local offers and achieving your goals.
If would like support online
- Young people & adolescents: Try KOOTH - your online mental wellbeing community
- Download an NHS approved wellbeing app for free from Mersey Care ORCHA app library
Other aspects worth considering
- If you are struggling with drug and alcohol you get get support direct through Ambition Sefton
- For Women who require dedicated support contact the SWAN centre
- SWACA: Sefton Women and Children's Aid supports those suffering from domestic abuse
- Sleep is essential for mental health
- Exercise boosts your natural anti-depressants and provides confidence
- Exposure to green sites and nature is proven to help with mental wellbeing
- Avoid excess alcohol as this is a depressant