I always think it is handy to have some Support and Emergency Crisis information to hand, just in case….You may also find some useful tips or resources on their websites.
Elefriends: an online supportive community for mental health sufferers, www.elefriends.org.uk
Family Lives: mental health support services for families and carers, https://www.familylives.org.uk or call 0808 800 2222. Head Office in Hatfield: 020 7553 3080
Guide Dogs: help, support and services for visually impaired. For children services visit www.blindchildrenuk.org or call 0800 781 1444. For free1:1 sighted guide service call My Guide on 0345 143 0229, email email@example.com or visit www.guidedogs.org.uk
Herts Help: information, crisis support, financial advice, advocacy and more. See www.hertshelp.net or call 0300 123 4044 open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
Herts Mind Network: mental health support, crisis intervention and support, counselling, employment, housing advice and more. See www.hertsmindnetwork.org or call: 020 3727 3600
Herts Mind Network Night Light service: out of hours crisis centres in Watford, Hemel and Ware (Friday to Monday, between 7pm and 1am only) call: 01923 256391
Herts Vision Loss: support & befriending, information, counselling, group events. See www.hertsvisionloss.org.uk or call 01707 324680
Rethink: advice, information, support groups, advocacy, www.rethink.org call:0300 5000 927
Samaritans: free confidential support in a crisis 24/7. See www.samaritans.org or call 116123
Samaritans Crisis Team text service: 07725 909090 (for those who prefer to text)
SANE: online support forum and text service. See www.sane.org.uk or call 0300 304 7000 between 4.30pm-10.30 pm daily
Silent Solutions: for emergency situations where you cannot speak, call 999 then, when operator asks press 55.
Single Point of Access: mental health signposting service open from 8am-7.30pm daily. See www.hpft.nhs.uk/i-need-help-now or call: 0300 777 0707.
Turning Point Complex needs: support and information see www.turning-point.co.uk. For Herts see www.turning-point.co.uk/hertfordshire-complex-needs-service.aspx or call 01707 891 120 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
CALM: for men, www.thecalmzone.net helpline open daily 17:00- 00:00, call: 0800 58 58 58 or use webchat button on website.
HOPEline UK Suicide prevention line for under 35’s. Call: 0800 068 41 41 or Text: 07786209697
The Ollie Foundation: suicide prevention skills training for any individual or community aimed at creating awareness and prevention. See https://theolliefoundation.org
Maytree: provides residential space for people experiencing suicidal crisis: www.maytree.org.uk or call: 02072367070
Children and Young Adults
Childline: information, advice and a counselling service 24/7, www.childline.org.uk call:0800 1111
Kooth: free online service that provides counselling and emotional support www.kooth.com
SupportLine: confidential emotional support by telephone, email/post. Also has fact sheets and a directory of counsellors, agencies and support groups: www.supportline.org.uk call: 01708 765 200 email:email@example.com
The Mix: free information and support on a range of issues for under 25’s www.themix.org.uk call: 0808 808 4994 Text 85258
Young Minds: confidential helpline and support service for under 25’s text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support. www.youngminds.org.uk Parents/ Carers can call the parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 (Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4pm)
AGE UK: advice and support, befriending services for older generation. www.ageuk.org.uk call: 0800 055 6112 open 8am-7pm 365 days a year
Silverline: free 24 hour helpline for older generation www.thesilverline.org.uk call: 0800 470 8090
Apps to help manage general well-being/mental health:
Breathe2Relax: relaxation and belly breathing techniques
CALM: Mindfulness and meditation
Daylio: A micro diary to keep track of moods
MoodMission: Get a tailored list of simple effective ‘missions’ to improve mood.
Pacifica: Daily tools for stress, anxiety and depression alongside a supportive community based on CBT and Mindfulness meditation.
Recovery Record: for help with managing eating disorders using CBT and other self-monitoring methods
Samapp: Anxiety management
Stay Alive: A free resource for suicide prevention.
Talk Life: online community for mental health support.
Thrive: info and tops to help relieve stress and anxiety with meditation, deep relaxation, self- hypnosis and more
What’s Up?: CBT & ACT methods to help cope with depressions, anxiety , anger, stress etc…
Resources, courses, education
Connecting with People: how to build resilience at work, awareness courses and more www.connectingwithpeople.org
Mind Ed: free online resources on mental health, www.minded.org.uk
Mind in Mid Herts: life skills and strategies www.mindinmidherts.org.uk or call 01727 865 070
U can cope: online resources and films for those in crisis, www.connectingwithpeople.org/ucancope
Cruse Bereavement care: 24-hour answerphone. See www.cruse-hertfordshire.org.uk . For the adult helpline call 01707 278389. Young Person call 01707 264293.
SOBS: support for adults who have been bereaved by suicide. See www.uk-sobs.org.uk or call 0300 111 5065
Help is at Hand: NHS resource for those bereaved by suicide or attempted suicide. See www.supportaftersuicide.org.uk/help-is-at-hand