The overall goal of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world.

There are many ways to help in Leeds.

Dr. Alison Best GP and Associate Medical Director, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said, “On World Mental Health Day as we move into the winter months, I would like to remind everyone to seek support and resources across town if you are feeling down or worried about your own mental health or that of others. “

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“Please talk to someone about how you are feeling instead of bottling things up. Often it helps to share your feelings with someone who cares, but if you need more support, help is available. “

“If you feel like you need to speak to someone, there is a 24/7 free support line available to provide confidential assistance, advice, information and guidance for anyone concerned with their own mental health or that of to worry someone you care about. Also, try to take the time to check with friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors and let them know about the support available if they need it. “

Mental health support in Leeds:

Anyone registered with a family doctor in Leeds can call the mental health helpline on 0800 183 0558.

The service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and complements the mental health services already available in Leeds. These include:

MindWell is the mental health website for the people of Leeds. The website includes a coronavirus mental health information center, which brings together information on self-help resources and where to find mental health help in Leeds, as well as practical support during the Covid-19 pandemic: www.mindwell-leeds.org. uk

The NHS Every Mind Matters website also has a wide range of resources to help with anxiety, bad mood, and stress, as well as tips for staying healthy – www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/

The Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service is aimed at anyone aged 17 and over who is registered with a family doctor in Leeds. It offers support and psychological therapy for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. The service also offers online therapy classes and self-management tools available any time of the day or night to help with a variety of issues such as stress and anxiety, mindfulness, depression, and grief. Help is immediately available through online courses at https://leeds.omnitherapy.org/.

Operation Courage: the mental health and wellbeing veteran’s service. If you have to leave the armed forces, have just left, or even left many years ago, Operation Courage can help. The service can be contacted directly or through a family doctor, charity, or relative. Visit www.nhs.uk/opcourage to find out more.

If you prefer talk therapy, you can also refer to the website: www.leedsmentalwellbeingservice.co.uk

Children and teenagers can visit the MindMate website for information and support regarding their emotional health and wellbeing: www.mindmate.org.uk

Additional advice and resources can also be found on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/

There is also support for people in crisis:

Connect – a survivor-run local hotline that provides emotional support and information to people of Leeds every evening from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on 0808 800 1212. Connect also offers online assistance through instant chat for people – www.lslcs.org.uk Connect specializes in working with people at risk of suicide, self-harm and people with complex mental health problems.

NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) Leeds and York Partnership Single Point of Access (SPA) – if you or someone you are concerned about needs urgent help or treatment due to a mental health crisis, call the SPA on 0800 183 1485 ( 24/24 7, every day).

Anyone whose life is in imminent danger should call 999.

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