I Need HelpWe all deserve to enjoy life and feel good about ourselves. Sometimes however life can be tough.

Whether you’re feeling great and want to stay that way, you’re a bit fed up; or you’re struggling to manage your feelings, this site has links to information and tips ranging from how to boost your mood, to where to get help if you’re unable to cope.

The site has been developed for people who live or work in Warrington, so some of the services and resources are only for people in Warrington. The words Localservice2 indicate which services are aimed at Warrington residents. Many of the links are for national sites however, so the information will be relevant wherever in England you live.

So that it's easier for you to find what you're looking for, we've divided the site into different sections.

Click the blue buttons above to find information that's right for you.

If you need help right now, click "I need urgent help" above.

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New 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line for
Warrington, Halton, Knowsley and St Helens 

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new mental health crisis line.

The crisis line number 01925 275 309  is now the first port of call for local residents, experiencing a mental health crisis.

You can find more details here.

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COVID-19 (coronavirus) and mental wellbeing

Times of change and uncertainty can be stressful. Being at home more than usual can also bring added pressures. Because of this it's important to look after your mental wellbeing, as well as your physical health. 

Information and resources, to help you take care of your mental wellbeing while you’re staying at home, or if you’re anxious about COVID-19, can be found here

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Talking Matters Warrington – IAPT
Psychological support for Warrington staff

Talking Matters Warrington is now offering psychological support to NHS and social care staff in Warrington, to help them cope with the stresses and challenges they’re facing, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. You can find more details here

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Kindness,
Mental Health Awareness Week
18-24 May 2020

This year the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week was kindness. The theme was chosen to reflect the kindness and generosity that so many people have shown during the COVID-19 outbreak. It was a way of celebrating small acts of kindness, which brought neighbours and communities together. The campaign highlighted the positive impact that kindness can have and encouraged us to continue to show kindness to others and to ourselves.

Kindness and mental wellbeing and are closely linked. When we're kind to someone, it not only makes the person we're kind to feel good, it can also boost our own mood. More information and resources relating to mental wellbeing and kindness can be found here.

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Smoking and mental wellbeing

We all know that stopping smoking improves physical health. Evidence shows however, that it can also improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

If you’re a smoker, you may find you’re smoking more during the COVID-19 situation. It's a common belief that smoking helps you relax, but smoking actually increases anxiety and tension. You’re likely to feel calmer and more positive after giving up smoking.

The SmokeFree Warrington Team can help you quit smoking by:

  • providing regular support
  • enabling you to create new positive routines, which reduce stress
  • making sure you don’t go through nicotine withdrawal
  • requesting products on prescription for you, to make it easier to quit

To find out more about how the SmokeFree Warrington Team can help you, call 0300 003 0818, or visit the Team’s Facebook page.

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KTYM Insta

The Kind to Your Mind campaign website has been developed to help us look after our mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. The campaign encourages us to:

  • Take care of our mental wellbeing, as well as our physical health.
  • Use the free wellbeing resources on the new ALMA website. There are resources for both physical and mental wellbeing, such as online CBT courses and recommended apps.
  • Ask for support if we're struggling. Follow the steps below to find details of mental health support services:
    1. Click one of the blue age-related buttons above
    2. Then look under the dark heading "Information and Support".  

For details of support services, if you need help right now, click I need urgent help.

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Workplace mental wellbeing & the construction industry

Job uncertainty, long hours, working away from home and financial pressures can all have a negative impact on mental wellbeing. Almost half the people who responded to the 2019, construction industry survey, Mind Matters, said they had taken time off work due to stress, or mental health problems. During 2019 the Construction Industry Helpline also experienced a 56% increase in calls. 

Whether you work in the construction industry or a different setting, there are a number of things you can do to support the mental wellbeing of your staff, or workmates. You can find details of free training, resources and initiatives to support mental wellbeing in your workplace here.

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Creative Remedies' online arts tutorialsCreative Remedies Logo

Instead of holding face to face groups, Creative Remedies is now posting arts tutorials on Facebook. The videos cover a range of subjects including photography, guitar lessons, poetry, relaxation and collage.

Creative Remedies is Warrington's arts and mental health initiative. You can find more details about Creative Remedies' work here.

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Free mental health & suicide prevention e-learning

Due to COVID-19 all face to face training organised by Warrington’s Public Health Team has been cancelled, until the end of July 2020. There are however several national organisations offering free e-learning sessions on mental health and suicide prevention. More details can be found here.

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In Your Corner
free mental health resources, for men and young people

The aim of Warrington's In Your Corner campaign is to encourage men and young people, to look out for their mates; and to be more supportive of people experiencing mental health problems.

For more information, including details of how you can book the local campaign resources for your venue or group, click here.

To find details of support services designed especially for men, click here, then scroll down to the heading "organisations which support men".

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