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Are you ok?
You're not alone
- 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
Information below of services and community groups to support your mental health and wellbeing.
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.
- 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
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Crisis House Helpline
A free confidential, mental health crisis helpline open 24/7 offering emotional support, exploration of options and information on services
0808 800 3302
(free from landlines and mobiles)
Vita Health Group
In partnership with the NHS, Vita Health Group offer a range of short-term psychological therapies to adults 16-years and over, who live and are registered with a GP in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
How to refer:
Website: The Vita website will have a dedicated page which will explain the service, the support available and details on how to refer. You can view it here: https://www.vitahealthgroup.co.uk/nhs-services/nhs-mental-health/leicester-leicestershire-rutland/
Phone: Using one dedicated telephone number – 0330 094 5595 - we have a team of professionals ready to assist the patient from 8am-8pm Mon-Fri and from 9am-12.30pm on Saturday.
Local support groups
- Blaby Mind Matters - meets every Thursday 1.30-3.30pm at Blaby Social Centre https://www.facebook.com/BlabyMindMatters
- LAMP Carers Group - meets 4th Wednesday of every month at Enderby Civic Centre Tel: 0116 255 6286
- Support for Carers - meet 1st Tuesday of every month at Countesthorpe Village Hall, Station Road, Countesthorpe, LE8 5TB. Tel: 01858 468543
Men's Peer Support
Based in Leicestershire, Mensoar is providing a platform and opportunity for men to meet and chat to like-minded people about their mental health.
We're here to support you on this journey. We are dedicated to supporting men on a journey towards gaining confidence when talking about your mental health.
Our wellbeing hub allows you to engage with articles, helpful mental health tips and advice. We are offering a range of articles and advice to help you to learn more about supporting your mental health. The topics covered are specific to the needs of different individuals, so you should find something that's relevant to you.
Our Webinars are a great place to start if you're new to learning about mental health. The Webinars will take place over Zoom and each will feature a range of different content. This includes informative talks by professionals about mental health, interactive group discussions, amazing guest speakers (from authors to footballers) and much more. Peer Support Groups
We are offering Peer Support Group sessions throughout Leicestershire to enable you to talk to other men with similar experiences to you. These online sessions will be based in:
- Hinckley & Bosworth
- Oadby & Wigston
- North-West Leicestershire
Five steps of wellbeing
Scientific research 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 four Reading Well lists currently available for adult common mental health conditions, for people with dementia and their carers, young people's mental health and long-term conditions and their carers.
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.
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.
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.