Mental Health and Wellbeing

Useful links:

More information can be found on the Humber NHS Foundation Trust website - click here to view information about other local mental health services.

Mental health helplines

Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Directory of advice, help and support, what you can do to look after yourself where to get help in East Riding of Yorkshire. To view in full please click here.

Every Mum Matters

Having a baby is a major life event for mums and dads, and it’s natural to experience a range of emotions during and after pregnancy. But if these feelings start to have an impact on day-to-day life, it’s time to talk to someone.

Perinatal mental health issues – those which occur during pregnancy or during the baby’s first year – affect one in five women and could have long-lasting effects on the woman and her family if left untreated.

But many perinatal mental health issues are treatable and recognising the signs early and seeking support promptly improves recovery and outcomes for mums and their babies.

The Every Mum Matters campaign has launched in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire to support new and expectant mums and their families to be able to recognise symptoms of perinatal mental health problems early and encourage them to seek help promptly. Specialist services and support are available in these areas.

Visit the website www.everymummatters.com.

Listen to Hayley share her story about experiencing perinatal mental health problems and the support she received to help others.

Kooth - digital counselling for young people

Kooth is a free online mental health and emotional wellbeing support service for children and young people living in Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

People aged between 11 and 25 in these areas can register to use Kooth, a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service which can be accessed using a computer, smartphone or tablet device.

It offers one-on-one online sessions with qualified counsellors, peer-to-peer support through moderated online forums, and the opportunity to read and contribute articles.

Kooth can also be used to keep an online journal and track your wellbeing via an interactive goal tracker. There are no waiting lists or thresholds for use, so people can use the service as soon as they register.

Visit kooth.com for more information.

#TalkSuicide prevention training

Every two hours somebody in the UK loses their life through suicide. The #TalkSuicide campaign is a new suicide prevention campaign from the Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership. 

The campaign wants to improve the support network for those suffering suicidal thoughts and behaviour by raising awareness of a free suicide prevention training video produced by the Zero Suicide Alliance. 

The suicide prevention training video can be completed online in twenty minutes by visiting the new Talk Suicide website (www.talksuicide.co.uk). We're urging everyone across the Humber, Coast and Vale area to take the training and learn lifesaving skills. After completing the training you will learn how to:

Identify when someone might be suffering from suicidal thoughts and behaviours

Feel comfortable speaking out about suicide in a supportive manner by knowing what to say

Signpost anyone struggling to the correct services and support so they can get the help they need.

Completing and encouraging others to complete the training will help more people recognise the early warning signs of someone having suicidal thoughts, help you understand how to talk about suicide, and where to correctly signpost those in need of help. 

As more people gain knowledge on how to spot the signs of someone who might be struggling. knowing what to say and how to help can improve the support available to those struggling. 

Together we can learn how to #TalkSuicide and get rid of the stigma around talking about suicide. Talking about suicide doesn't cause people to kill themselves but not talking about it might. 

Visit www.talksuicide.co.uk for more information.

Mental health support for veterans

The NHS provides dedicated mental health services for those who have served in the British Armed Forces – the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS).

Available across England, both services are provided by specialists in mental health who have an expert understanding of the Armed Forces. The TILS is a dedicated out-patient service for serving personnel approaching discharge from the Armed Forces and veterans who are experiencing mental health difficulties.  The CTS is an enhanced out patient service for ex-forces who have military related complex mental health difficulties that have not improved with previous treatment.

Access to both of these services is through the TILS. Individuals can contact the service direct or ask to be referred via a GP or a military charity. 

Further details are available on the NHS website and also in this leaflet, which includes a new number for services in the north of England. For more information on NHS healthcare for the Armed Forces community, please email england.armedforceshealth@nhs.net.

NHS mental health care for veterans

World Health Organisation factsheets

The World Health Organisation has updated the following factsheets during April 2016:

Coping with self-harm

Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a helpful guide for parents and carers cope when a young person is self-harming. Click here to view.

Coping with self-harm: A Guide for Parents and Carers front cover

Rise above - a website for young people

This website, for young people aged 11-16, focuses on key topics such as peer pressure, body confidence, relationships, drugs, smoking and alcohol.  The aim is to encourage young people to make positive choices for their health and help with the pressures of growing up.  Created by young people for young people, helping them to Rise above.

Mental Health Act - Code of Practice Easy Read

The Mental Health Act (1983) is the main piece of legislation that covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental health disorder. The Mental Health Act Code of Practice tells people and services how to use this law and what they must do.  

NHS.uk has published a range of leaflets to explain the parts of the Code that are most important to patients and carers. This means they explain in detail what information you should get if you are sectioned, what health professionals should or shouldn't do and what your rights and choices are. You can download or print out each leaflet. Speak to your family, friends, carers, or your mental health team and ask them to explain anything that is unclear to you.