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Concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one?

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust is urging residents to familiarise themselves with the mental health support services on offer to them

For many, recent events in Earlsdon have been challenging and upsetting. Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust has both increased its specific mental health support for people who live locally and is reminding the regions residents that they are not alone.

In fact, Coventry and Warwickshire is fortunate to have a whole host of services available for you, 24/7. Many may not be aware that they do not have to rely on your local accident and emergency department should they find themselves in mental health crisis or that there are simple and quick ways to get the help you need, when you need it.

Mental Health support - 24/7:

If you are at all concerned about your mental health or someone you care for, you can contact the  NHS Mental Health Access Hubs Team directly, any time of the day or night, every day of the year and for any age on freephone: 08081 966798.

A team member will discuss the nature of your crisis with you and, if appropriate, will make arrangements for a clinician to meet with you. The team comprises a range of experienced NHS staff and clinicians with specific expertise in crisis and de-escalation interventions. The Mental Health Access Hubs have access to services across Coventry and Warwickshire which can support and advise you. Visit the Mental Health Access Hub webpage to find out more about how they work.

For children and young people:

The Rise Crisis & Home Treatment team provides support to children and young people (under 18s) who present in mental health crisis.

For urgent calls for children and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis please contact the Rise Crisis Team on Freephone 08081 966798 (select Option 2) between 8am-8pm 7 days a weekOutside of these hours our advice-only service is available, providing support 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. More information about children and young people's mental health can be found on the Coventry and Warwickshire Rise website.

GP and 111 support:

You can get advice by calling 111 or asking for an urgent appointment with your GP if you need help urgently for your mental health, but it’s not an emergency or you are not sure what to do. 111 will tell you the right place to get help and you may be able to speak to a nurse or mental health nurse over the phone. Your GP can advise you about helpful treatments and also help you access the most appropriate mental health services.

Coventry City Council Councillor Kamran Caan, portfolio holder for Public Health and Sport said: “It is fair to say that recent events in Earlsdon have been challenging and upsetting for many of us, which is why we want to take the opportunity to remind all our residents that looking after our mental health and wellbeing is vitally important through all stages of life to help us continue to grow and develop emotionally.   

“The stigma of talking about poor mental health is beginning to reduce, but we recognise there is still work to do. At Coventry City Council we feel very strongly that no child, young person, or adult should have to face any mental health problems on their own. There are a host of fantastic support services available to those in the community that need help, as well as resources such as the Dear Life website and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing life map.  

“It is important to remember, a small conversation about mental health has the potential to make a huge difference, just by simply asking someone how they are and truly listening to their response, whether an adult, young person or child. If you feel nervous about striking up a conversation or knowing how best to help someone if they come to you, completing the Zero Suicide Alliance training could give you the tools to provide the vital support someone needs to seek further help, or it could even save a life.   

“More than ever, let’s look out for each other, have an open mind and remember we all matter. We want Coventry to be a place where no one feels alone or isolated and people are able to find the journey to recovery that suits them.”  

The following local and national mental health support and helplines are also available:

  • Dimensions Tool offers immediate tailored self-help support and signposting to local services.

 

  • The Dear Life website offers a wealth of information about where to seek help in a crisis, ways to support others in need and tips and tools on how to maintain and improve your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.

 

  • The Zero Suicide Alliance is a charity raising awareness of suicide which has free online training to give people the skills and confidence to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts.

 

  • Stay Alive app is a free suicide prevention pocket resource, can also help individuals that are struggling to cope.

 

 

 

  • Chat Health is a free service that enables 11 – 18 year olds across Coventry and Warwickshire to send confidential SMS text messages to School Nurses who will provide impartial advice and support. For Coventry, text 07507 331 949 For Warwickshire, text 07507 331 525

 

 

 

  • Wellbeing for Life offers the 5 Ways to Wellbeing - actions you can take to reflect on, and improve, your overall wellbeing

 

 

 

 

  • Every Mind Matters is the national NHS mental health support to help you manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. Resources, tools and free apps are available to help support you and your family. Recently launched is the ‘make inside feel better” campaign, largely aimed at those most at risk of mental health problems. Aimed at adults, but weighted towards those most at risk of mental health problems who can take the free NHS-approved ‘Mind Plan’ quiz.  

 

  • Togetherall Support Network is an anonymous online mental health and wellbeing service that combines the online forum element where people can support one another, as well as 24/7/365 clinical support and creative tools, resources and courses. Available for residents in both Coventry and Warwickshire.

 

If you or someone you care for has seriously harmed themselves or are considering this, call 999 or ask someone to call 999 for you.

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