Mental health wellbeing
Patients over 16 years can now self refer for talking therapies (counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy). They can help people experiencing emotional difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, worry, low mood, insomnia and stress. They also provide help and support for carers, those who may need support through pregnancy or the postnatal period, as well as people living with a long term physical health condition.
0300 777 0707
For urgent mental health support:
Or call 0800 6444 101 for help day and night; or call NHS 111 and select option 2 for mental health services.
Or text SHOUT to 85258 - free 24/7 mental health text support
Samaritans - free support, call 116 123 anytime
If serious illness or injury, dial 999 for emergency services
Mental Health Apps: HeadSpace, The Breathing App, Calm.
NHS websites/resources: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters
Online Course to help with stress, anxiety and low mood: https://www.silvercloudhealth.com/uk (access code HPFT2020)
New Leaf - wellbeing and recovery courses
Of course, please also book an appointment with one of our doctors for any advice, guidance and support.
Coronavirus and mental health
If you feel Coronavirus is affecting your mental health, please see links below for help:
If you feel you need more support, you can self refer to the Wellbeing team:
https://www.hpft.nhs.uk/services/community-services/wellbeing-service/ or call them on 0300 777 0707
If you need support around a child or young person's emotional wellbeing, learning or development, contact ContactLine on 01992 588574
Or visit https://youngminds.org.uk/
Or find more support here: Coronavirus Support for young people and their families
For domestic abuse support during the coronavirus pandemic: http://www.safelives.org.uk/
Teenage mental health
We know that it can be difficult to talk to people when you're having difficulties with your mental health. Doc Ready helps you get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health. Please click on the link below:
Other useful resources:
Childrens' wellbeing practitioners: 01992 556405/ 0300 123 4043
Youthtalk counselling 01727 868684
MIND- helpline info for Children and young people
https://theolliefoundation.org/ - includes details of local training courses for young people
Apps for children and young people
Big White Wall
COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF LOCAL HELP AND RESOURCES available help for teens in need of support - covers mental health, physical and sexual health and support for parents
Available local help for young people (green boxes include updated services during Coronavirus)
Are you worried you have an eating disorder? Or do you know you have one? Or are you worried someone you know may have one?
People of all ages, gender, ethnic groups and backgrounds can be affected by eating disorders. make sure you are aware of the signs. For more information:
Information for Parents
Support for those needing help with drug, alcohol and addiction problems :
https://www.changegrowlive.org - help with challenges including drugs or alcohol, trouble with housing, domestic abuse, or your mental and physical wellbeing.
https://www.livingroomherts.org- support for people with any sort of addiction
https://www.breakingfreeonline.com (the access code is herts11)- helping patients break free from substance use
Apps and websites to help people with drug or alcohol problems: www.changegrowlive.org/advice-info/alcohol-drugs
https://www.gamcare.org.uk offers free information, support and counselling for problem gamblers in the UK. It runs the National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133)
New Leaf recovery and wellbeing courses
Experience the benefits of exercise on mental and physical health - Hertfordshire Health walks
A free countryside initiative, helping everyone (of all ages and abilities) to get outdoors, get more active and experience the social, physical and mental health benefits of exercise.