Support for your mental wellbeing
We know this is potentially a really difficult and uncertain time for many people. The following helpline and websites also offer some advice to support your emotional wellbeing:
If you are struggling and need urgent help we are here.
A mental health crisis (sometimes also called a mental health emergency) is when a person’s mental or emotional state worsens quickly. It often means that you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation.
A mental health crisis or emergency can be a frightening experience, you may feel scared, overwhelmed or alone but the important thing to remember is that you are not alone and there is support available to help you feel better.
Whether you experience a sudden deterioration of an existing mental health problem or are experiencing problems for the first time, the most important thing is to reach out for help.
We are here to provide help and support
If you’re already receiving care from Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, then you will have a contact for your Care Co-ordinator or another health professional in the team looking after you.These contact details might be written in your care plan.
If you cannot find this or you need urgent help accessing our services, then you can call our Single Point of Access on 0800 183 1485.
You can also download and print the Leeds Crisis Card which contains useful numbers and contacts for support services across Leeds.
Other support available
For general support or advice about your mental health or that of someone you care for, call the West Yorkshire 24 hour support line on 0800 183 0558.
Mindwell Leeds – the Mindwell website has a hub of resources if you’re feeling anxious or worried and tips for looking after your wellbeing while staying at home.
Mindmate Leeds – MindMate is a Leeds-based website for young people, their families and the professionals who support them.
Every Mind Matters – NHS approved website where you can get your free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.
Leeds Recovery College – A new prospectus for online courses is out in September 2020, you can also sign up to the weekly newsletter, and find resources to support your wellbeing.
As a specialist provider of mental health and learning disability services, we can offer you expert resources to support you throughout this difficult time.
So, whether you already access our services, or you’re struggling with your mental health and looking for more in depth support, the tabs below show ideas and tools to help manage your mental wellbeing.
Responding to difficult thoughts and feelings
Dr Russ Harris – How to respond effectively to the Coronavirus Crisis
This is potentially a really difficult time for many of us emotionally. If you are having thoughts and feelings that you are struggling with, or if you’re supporting people who are finding this time particularly challenging, there’s some helpful guidance from Dr Russ Harris. This is a very practical and thoughtful animated film which outlines a series of tips and techniques for managing stress and anxiety. Many of these techniques will be picked up and repeated in different ways through other resources we are going to share. We hope you enjoy the video and supporting documentation.
Mindfulness – resources provided by Northern Mental Health Support
Mindfulness is simply another word for awareness. It is a skill that you can learn which involves making a particular effort to notice what’s happening in the present moment (in your mind, body and surroundings) – with no extra layers of doubt or judgement.
It aims to help you:
- Become more self-aware and focused
- Feel calmer
- Cope with unhelpful or distressing thoughts
- Respond more wisely to difficulty
- Be kinder and more accepting of yourself (we are often our own worst critics and far harsher with ourselves than we ever would be towards someone else)
Find out more on the Northern Mental Health Support website, and watch the videos below.
An introduction to Mindfulness – by Professor Mark Williams
A guided breathing exercise
If you're feeling out of control
If you’re feeling out of control, it can help to think about what you should focus on. Finding the things that you can control and letting go of the things you can’t can be useful for managing these feelings.
If you are deaf
BSL Health Access is offering access to immediate, on demand access to BSL interpreters for deaf people in health settings during the Coronavirus situation. This includes things like contact with your GP, visiting a pharmacy or any other healthcare matter (such as having a scan during pregnancy for example). This is provided either by video relay services or video remote interpretation.
Our Deaf CAMHS colleagues have created an information booklet for deaf children and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you or a loved one have a learning disability
Here are some useful tips for what you can do day to day during the pandemic: Read the Good Mental Health document.
Visit this website for videos, guides and fun things to do. There’s also information for carers and professionals: Visit the learning disabilities resources website.
Here are a few resources to use if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed:
- What to do if you’re having a bad day
- Exercises for slow breathing when feeling anxious
- Mindfulness exercises
- A book that brings together mindfulness exercises
Here is an easy-read guide to looking after your feelings and your body.
Support for carers and parents
We understand how important a caring role is throughout this pandemic, and we want to offer support and advice for our carers in this challenging time. Please use the carers pack: Carers advice November 2020
The Universities of Reading and Oxford have collaborated on a guide where they share advice and some of their favourite links to support parents, carers and people who work with young people.
A leaflet on coping during Covid-19 for young people and families created by the team at Mill Lodge CAMHS inpatient unit with help from NHS England and patients and families.
Carers of people with Alzheimers or Dementia
Our Older Peoples’ Service have created a pack for carers of people with dementia: Dementia Carer’s Pack
Alzheimers UK have produced information for families: Visit the Alzheimers UK website.
Dementia UK have produced information for families: Visit the Dementia UK website.
A guide for people living with severe mental illness
This is a short guide from Equally Well UK for people caring for those with severe mental illnesses on practical ways to protect and support physical health during this uncertain and unsettling time. For people who are currently receiving support from our services.
Leeds Carers Partnership
There’s lots of information in Leeds Carers’ latest newsletter about local and national help and support for people looking after someone else.
Some highlights include:
- Video based resources for carers from the Social Care Institute for Excellence, designed to help look after someone safely at home
- A reminder that your GP is there for you and to tell them that you are a carer
- Free online learning resources for unpaid carers from Health Education England and Carers UK
- Other free digital resources for carers from Carers UK. You can register and use the reference code DGTL8267
Remember that Carers Leeds are open and still providing lots of advice and support for carers, their advice line number is 0113 380 4300.
Bereavement support line
A new support and advice service has been launched to help people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate through grief and loss. The free service, which launches today, will be available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm providing practical and emotional support.
More information can be found at griefandlosswyh.co.uk
The phone number for the telephone support line is: 0808 196 3833, while a live chat and live text functionality will be available on the website.
Video about the service with BSL interpretation:
MindWell – I need help now
MindWell Leeds lists helplines that you can call throughout the Covid-19 pandemic if you need support now. Some services are changing their offer throughout this time, and MindWell are keeping track of these changes.
Silver Line – for older people
Call 0800 4 70 80 90 for free and confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Silver Line also offer telephone friendship where they match volunteers with older people based on their interests, facilitated group calls, and help to connect people with local services in their area.
Key contact numbers to help people through coronavirus