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Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • 1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental health problem at some point in their life
  • 1 in 6 adults has a mental health problem at any one time
  • 1 in 10 children aged 5 and 16 years has a mental health problem, many continue into adulthood
  • Half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14

Richmond Fellowship Leicestershire Life Links

Richmond Fellowship Leicestershire Life Links are a mental health wellbeing and recovery support service. They work across Blaby District, Oadby and Wigston and Leicester City. The service is available for people over the age of 18.

They offer:-

  • Face-to-Face - information, advice and navigation services. Tailored, one to one and group support sessions.
  • Online - dedicated website and directory of services
  • Freephone - Support line open between Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Specialist trained staff provide you with support and advice on personal needs.

You can self refer or be referred by a health professional.

Get in touch

Freephone: 0800 0234 575

Email: leicestershire.lifelinks@richmondfellowship.org.uk

Website: www.rflifelinks.co.uk

Let's Talk Wellbeing

Let's Talk-Wellbeing is a service that provides psychological assessment and treatment for what are know as mild to moderate common mental health problems, which 1 in 4 of us suffer with at some stage in our lives.

It is not uncommon to experience changes in moods, stress levels and emotions, especially when there maybe pressures and changes going on in your life.

Your physical health may also affect your mood and stress levels. Talking with a qualified therapist can provide a chance to help to think through what is going on and develop ways to help move forward.

To make a referral you can:

call 0115 876 0157

or complete an online self-referral at

For more information : please visit www.letstalkwellbeing.co.uk

Mental Health Reablement Service - LCC

Complex Needs Mental Health Support

There are 2 teams of the Leicestershire Reablement Service, one in the East and one in the West. The East Team cover Blaby District. The Service works with adults with complex mental health difficulties and is person centred approach. The service links with the Recovery College at LPT. They provide an initial 12 weeks reablement support and plan with the person, what their goals are and how they want to be supported in achieving these. They accept referrals from your care coordinator, psychiatrist, social care worker or GP. You can also refer yourself but they may need to get more information from your GP or other professionals involved in your care.

For More Information : Contact the East team on 0116 305 0004 (Customer Service Centre)

Five steps of wellbeing

Scientifc reaearch has shown that there are 5 steps in improving mental wellbeing these are

Connect : take the time to speak to family, friends, build relationships with the wider community.

Be Active : take up a new hobby, start walking, join a local sports club or community venue.

Take notice : be aware of your surroundings, people and the environment, often we rush from place to place, plugged into our phones and social media. Breathe, relax and look around.

Keep Learning: keep putting off things? Learning a new skill/hobby? Build up your confidence and self esteem by taking part in a new experience.

Give: time for friends, family, neighbours, loved ones. Really listen to them, be in the moment not thinking about how busy you are or that your in a rush. Volunteer or help out a neighbour.

Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing through helpful reading. The scheme is run by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust. It is endorsed by health organisations, including NHS England and Public Health England, and delivered through public libraries.

There are three Reading Well lists currently available, for adult common mental health conditions, for people with dementia and their carers, and for young people's mental health. A fourth list, for people with long-term conditions and their carers, will launch in 2017.

Health for Teens

The Health for Teens website, created by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

The website includes a lively, accessible short film for young people about mental health resilience. There are also opportunities for users to access quality information and materials about mental health problems that affect children and young people. They can also keep an on-line "mood diary" which can help them understand how their mood can change.

Young Persons Counselling Website

Kooth is a free, confidential, safe and above all anonymous way to ask for help. It's currently available to over half a million 11-25 year olds in England and Wales and is now operational in 33 geographical areas.

Kooth is a transformational lifeline that has successfully helped and continues to reach the very vulnerable, many of whom would never have access to face-to-face counselling.

Useful links

If any of the material or information you have read raises concerns with you regarding your own mental health please speak to your local GP.