If you need help for a mental health crisis, emergency or breakdown, you should get immediate expert advice from a doctor. Support is still available, even during the pandemic. Find out where to get help in a mental health crisis on the NHS website.
Age UK Your Mind Matters
Some people think that being low or down is just a sign of old age, but it is not. It’s been a difficult year so if you know an older person who is struggling to cope, and feeling like it’s all too much, then read the Age UK Your Mind Matters Guide.
Berkshire Healthcare – Talking Therapies service
Talking Therapies offers help for common mental health problems including mild to moderate and moderate to severe, anxiety, depression, stress and phobias. The service also runs regular stress control sessions for the general public locally. For more information phone 0300 365 2000.
Books on Prescription
The Books on Prescription scheme is being run by Library’s within the Borough conjunction with GP practices to help people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, phobias and eating disorders.
Covid-19 and Mental Health and Wellbeing
Covid-19 is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government takes necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention. During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. It is important that you take care of your mind as well as your body. This guidance explains the practical steps which may help maintain positive mental health and well-being during the pandemic.
Every Mind Matters
Every Mind Matters can help you to manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. Every Mind Matters gives you simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better. Visit the Every Mind Matters website for advice and information on how to maintain good mental health.
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities – Information Booklet Feeling Down – Looking After My Mental Health
The Foundation for people with Learning Disabilities is part of the Mental Health Foundation which is a charity and aims to make life better for people with learning disabilities. They have published an easy read, interactive guide called Feeling Down – Looking After My Mental Health to help people with learning disabilities to take of their health with help. You can download the guide from The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities website.
GP/ Doctor Surgery
Your local GP can offer you advice and treatments to improve your mental health and guide you to local services.
‘Mental health: let’s talk the talk’ Parents’ guide
A guide aimed at parents and carers of children and young people. A helpful directory of local services to East Berkshire. Mental health explained and related to young people.
Mind – Mental health and Covid-19
Those already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges during this pandemic. When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is vital. Visit the Mind Mental Health Information Hub.
Physical Activity and your Mental Health
Being physically active means sitting down less and moving our bodies more. Many people find that physical activity helps them maintain positive mental health, either on its own, or in combination with other treatments. Visit MIND to find out more.
Scope is the disability equality charity in England and Wales and they can provide practical information and emotional support when it’s most needed. They provide advice and support to people with disabilities and their families on the Scope website or you can call them on 0808 800 3333. They also have advice on what to do if your mental health has been affected by COVID-19 on their Advice and Support page.
Shout 85258 is a free text service that can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It is a free, confidential 24/7 mental health text support service. Just text ‘Shout’ to 85258.
Sport In Mind
Sport in Mind is the independent Berkshire mental health sports charity formed in Reading in 2011 to use sport and physical activity to help aid the recovery of people experiencing mental health problems and encourage individuals to move their lives forward in a positive direction.
The Samaritans provide a free listening service, with no judgement, no pressure, and will help you work through what’s on your mind. If you need advice for a specific issue, they can put you in touch with specialist organisations. Go to The Samaritans website or call them free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
If you need advice on accessing health and care services, how to stay safe and well this winter, coping with family pressures, or dealing with loneliness and isolation, we have developed advice and information pages on all these topics.