One in four affected
It’s easy to think that mental health issues don’t concern us, but in fact a quarter of us will have problems with our mental wellbeing at some time in our lives.
Mental health problems are equally common in men and women, but the types of problems differ. Women are one-and-a-half times more likely to be affected by anxiety and depression, while men suffer more from substance abuse (one in eight men is dependent on alcohol) and anti-social personality disorders.
Men are also more prone to suicide: British men are three times more likely than British women to die as a result of suicide.
Serious mental health problems are also more common than you might think.
One person in 100 has a severe mental health condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
All these figures are based on people who have sought help for their mental health problems.
Many more could be living with undiagnosed mental health issues, according to mental health charity MIND.
If you’re worried about your mental health, or if someone in your life is affected, there are plenty of ways to get help.
Find out more about mental health support.
You can also contact mental health charities such as Sane and the Mental Health Foundation.
How to access help for Low Mood, Anxiety and other Mental Health Problems
NHS Talking Therapies
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services are being renamed NHS Talking Therapies after an extensive engagement process last year which concluded to make IAPT more accessible.
General practice plays a key role in supporting people with anxiety and depression to self-refer to NHS Talking Therapies services. GP teams are asked to support the rebrand by removing all references to IAPT from all patient and public facing communications channels and liaise with local services to ensure references to new names are correct (i.e. NHS [add location] Talking Therapies).
Nationally, the programme is exceeding its waiting targets and we encourage more referrals in a context of rising mental health needs.
NHS England » What’s in a name? NHS Talking Therapies, for anxiety and depression – the new name for IAPT services
Self-referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
On Your Mind is a comprehensive resource commissioned by Wiltshire Early Mental Health and Counselling Support Services, which has been run by Bernado’s since 1 April 2020.
You can access counselling for 5-18 year olds via their website at Barnado’s, Relate and TeenTalk. The On your Mind service replaces Kooth which has now finished.
Wiltshire CAMHS Online for routine referrals young people can self- refer to CAMHS Online this can be done themselves or by a parent/carer. Schools are also able to refer children using this online form.
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Tel: 0808 808 1677 /01761 417 250
Cruse offers bereavement care and is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance societies care of bereaved people.
Friends in Grief (FIG)
Friends in Grief (FIG) is a community based ‘light touch’ drop-in service (free of charge) where anyone who has been touched by grief is welcome.
In an informal but supportive setting, facilitated by trained Dorothy House volunteers, it’s a place where you can be with others who are bereaved.
We recognise that grief is something we all encounter at some point in your lives, but when someone close to us dies we can be left feeling lost and alone, in a strange world.
Having a place to go, where we feel able to share our thoughts and fears, can help us to see that, far from going ‘mad’, what we are feeling is a natural and normal part of grieving.
The meeting in Corsham is every Thursday, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
MOD Community Centre, 2 Portal Avenue, Rudloe, Corsham, SN13 0LQ.
Carers Support UK please see the main carer’s page on the left hand side of the website.
SPLITZ Support Service
Tel: 01225 775276
The freedom programme
Tel: 01380 738 838
Drugs and Alcohol
Families Out Loud
Supporting adults in Wiltshire affected by another person’s addiction
How addiction affects families & loved ones
- Feeling distressed because a loved-one is leading a chaotic life
- Experiencing threatening behaviour from someone they love
- Feeling out of control because of someone else’s behaviour
The charity works within Wilshire with meetings in Chippenham, Corsham and Trowbridge
If you need help or would like to find out more about Families Out Loud please contact them below:
Or find them on Facebook
Talking works. Let’s talk.
Wiltshire Addiction Support WASP
Counselling service/carers service/drop ins.
Tel: 01225 706532
Housing problems/Benefit advice
Citizens Advice Bureau CAB
A useful website which focuses on benefits and to check eligibility for benefits and grants. People put in the details and it shows what they are entitled to.
They also offer telephone service as well.
Tel: 01380 722800
Learning difficulties team (Wiltshire Council) Tel: 0300 4560100
Advocacy service Tel: 01380 871900 www.wiltshirepeople first.org
Long term health/Chronic pain
Wiltshire Health trainers
Tel: 0300 0034566
Tel: 0300 003 1781/ 01305 257 206
Sexual Abuse (recent and in the past)
Swindon Sanctuary (SARC)
Counselling available in Devizes, Salisbury and Swindon 24 hour helpline 0808 168 0024
Skills and Employment
Tel: 01380 722800
Veterans and Military Families
Help for Heroes ‘Hidden Wounds’
Southwest Veterans (AWP)
Combat Stress/Rethink 24 hour Helplin
Tel: 0800 1381619
Wellbeing, Smoking Cessation, Weight Management
Wiltshire Health Trainers
Tel: 0300 0034566
An advisor is available within the surgery please call for more details.