It's important to exercise and eat certain foods to stay physically healthy, exercise and healthy food can also make a big difference to our mood and how we feel about ourselves. Just as there's a lot we can do to look after our physical health, there’s also a lot we can do to take care of our mental wellbeing. Boosting our mental wellbeing means we're more likely to feel good about ourselves and be able to cope with difficult times.
It’s important for us all to look after our mental wellbeing, whether we have a mental health problem or not. Links to information and resources to help you improve your mental wellbeing, can be found under the blue dropdown headings below.
The mental wellbeing campaign Make Time, suggests easy, everyday things we can do to boost our mood and feel good about ourselves. Make Time was developed for Cheshire and Merseyside, by the Public Health Collaborative Champs.
Click the dropdown heading below to find out more.
Make Time and the Five Ways to Wellbeing
To help us improve our wellbeing, the Make Time campaign asks us to think about and act on the five questions below:
- When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
- When was the last time you got up and out?
- When was the last time you noticed things around you?
- When was the last time you tried something new?
- When was the last time you made someone smile?
You can join the Make Time discussion. Just post on social media to show people how you Make Time to boost your mood. Posts can be tagged with #maketimewarrington.
Make Time is based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, simple actions that can help us to feel good about ourselves. Research has shown that people who regularly include the Five Ways to Wellbeing in their daily lives are more likely to feel positive. The Five Ways to Wellbeing, which underpin Make Time, are:
- Connect: spend time with people who are important to you.
- Be active: at a level that suits your mobility and fitness.
- Take notice: be more aware of the world around you. Be curious.
- Keep learning: try something new or different, start a new hobby.
- Give: do something thoughtful for someone else, or volunteer your time.
The Make Time campaign prompts us all to think about what we currently do that makes us feel good and how we might fit more of the Five Ways to Wellbeing into our daily lives and so maintain or improve our mental wellbeing.
YouTube has a short animation, produced by Rochdale Borough Council, explaining the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has pages explaining how doing things for other people can improve your mental wellbeing. (This links to "Give", from the Five Ways to Wellbeing).
Make Time resources
You can download the following Make Time resources:
- Make Time prompt sheet (PDF)
This is a full colour, double-sided, A4 resource, which encourages people to think about what they do now to feel good about themselves, and what else they might do. It can be used in 1-1s or people can fill it in themselves. The Make Time prompt sheet, is clear, colourful and explains the Make Time campaign without using jargon.
- Make Time 5 image sheet (PDF)
This is a full colour, single-sided, A4 resource, with text explaining each of the Make Time questions. The sheet also includes an image for each question.
Make Time word searches
There are three Make Time word searches, each encourages people to focus on one of the Make Time questions. The Connections and Activity word searches include an explanation of Make Time, while the Take Notice word search has information about mindfulness and how it can help improve mental wellbeing.
You can download the word searches and their answers, from the links below:
Make Time connections word search (PDF)
Answers to connections word search (PDF)
Make Time activity word search (PDF)
Answers to activity word search (PDF)
Make Time take notice word search (PDF)
Answers to take notice word search (PDF)
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Warrington Health Promotion Resource Centre is currently closed. This means that other Make Time promotional materials, such as postcards and banners, can't be ordered, or booked out on loan at this time.
Social prescribing for wellbeing
Social prescribing refers to non-medical support, or activity which can improve our mental wellbeing and quality of life. Social prescribing activities encourage self-care and can help build resilience. The focus with social prescribing, is on the person themselves, rather than on their mental health problem.
The Creative Remedies groups, described below, are one example of social prescribing. You can find out more about the range of local social prescribing activities in Warrington by visiting My Life Warrington. Once on the site just click the "Health and wellbeing" link, then click "Courses to promote health and wellbeing"
This arts and wellbeing service offers a range of activities to help Warrington residents (aged 18 and over) to improve their health and wellbeing. The face to face activities usually offered include drama, drawing, media, music, sports, painting, photography, Read to Relax and walking groups. You can refer yourself into the groups, or can be referred by a health or social care worker.
During the COVID-19 pandemic Creative Remedies' staff have been posting arts tutorials on Facebook. The videos cover a range of subjects such as photography, guitar lessons and art activities.
Creative Remedies is Warrington's arts and mental health initiative. You can find more details about Creative Remedies' work here.
Podcasts (digital audio recordings) for wellbeing
There’s a huge range of free mental health podcasts available. We’ve chosen the selection below as they're from key mental health charities, or NHS organisations; and the focus is on wellbeing or relaxation (rather than on specific mental health problems).
Mental Health Foundation
The “podcasts for your wellbeing” page on this site offers a variety of free podcasts focusing on different aspects of wellbeing. The areas covered include wellbeing and sleep, relaxation, nutrition, exercise and positive thinking.
Visit the Mental Health Foundation's website
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
This page offers a range of short audio relaxation exercises. The exercises focus on wellbeing through breathing, visualisation, progressive muscle relaxation and candle gazing. You can choose between a male and a female voice.
Visit CNTW NHS Trust's website
Mind's site includes a five minute video on relaxation for mental wellbeing. There is also a range of PDF booklets, which you can download free, these include:
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) self-help resources
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) self-help resources
Research shows that CBT can help us improve our mental wellbeing. It works by enabling us to recognise and change unhelpful patterns of thinking or behaviour, which may be causing us difficulty, or distress. The links below outline some free self-help resources and courses based on CBT.
BBC's Activity scheduling sheet
Activity scheduling is a simple CBT technique, which can help make your week more structured and satisfying. The aim of activity scheduling is not to fill every day, but to get a balance of different activities throughout the week, including pleasurable, social, physical and necessary activities. Activity scheduling can be particularly useful for people experiencing depression, or anxiety. You can download a PDF of the BBC's activity scheduling sheet.
Get.gg Self Help
This website offers a range of CBT self-help resources, which can be downloaded free. The resources include worksheets, information sheets and MP3 files.
Visit Get.gg’s website
Living Life to the Full
This site offers free online CBT-based, life-skills courses to help you to work out why you feel as you do; to tackle your problems; to build confidence; and to feel happier. You can also download free worksheets from the site, including planning sheets, worry strips and an anxiety diary sheet.
Visit Living Life to the Full’s website
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - self-help booklets
This site has a range of clear, easy to read, self-help booklets which are based on CBT. The booklets cover different aspects of mental wellbeing and mental health problems; they are available in a variety of formats; and can be downloaded free. There is also a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android, which allows you to access the full range of self-help booklets.
Visit CNTW NHS Trust's website
Mindfulness for wellbeing
Mindfulness is a technique which can help you maintain or improve your mental wellbeing. It involves paying attention to the here and now; and not worrying about the future or the past. Mindfulness is often practiced through simple meditation, or breathing exercises, which involve focusing awareness on the present moment and calmly acknowledging your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. By doing this, it’s possible to change the way you think and feel about stressful experiences, to feel calmer and to manage stress better.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), as an effective treatment for people who’ve experienced several episodes of depression.
The sites below have more information about mindfulness and how it can help with mental wellbeing.
Mental Health Foundation – mindfulness podcasts
The Mental Health Foundation has a number of podcasts focusing on mindfulness including:
Be Mindful – online mindfulness course
This site, which was developed by the Mental Health Foundation, has information on:
- What mindfulness is
- Finding a mindfulness teacher
- Learning mindfulness online
- Mindfulness training for health care and work places
- Evidence and research
Be Mindful’s online mindfulness course costs £30, but the first session is free, to help you decide if it’s something you’d like to learn more about.
The site also has:
Visit Be Mindful's website
Bupa - mindfulness exercises
This site has short podcasts, with suggestions for practising mindfulness when doing the routine activities of brushing your teeth, eating a satsuma, standing in a queue and walking.
Mind – mindfulness booklet
The NHS website
The information about mindfulness on this site covers:
- What mindfulness is
- How mindfulness helps with mental wellbeing
- How to be more mindful
- Different mindfulness practices
- Tips on wellbeing
Visit the NHS website
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – mindful breathing exercise
This site has a short audio exercise on mindful breathing. The exercise lasts about three minutes and is available in both a male and a female voice.
Visit CNTW NHS Trust's website
Reading for wellbeing
If you like reading, then the reading for wellbeing initiatives listed below might suit you:
Read to Relax
These free weekly reading groups aim to improve wellbeing and reduce isolation. The Read to Relax groups bring people together to read, have a cup of tea and a chat. Group members are read to, so they can just sit back and listen. There are currently four Read to Relax Groups running in LiveWire's libraries:
|Great Sankey Hub
||Tel. 01925 724411
||The group meets each Thursday, 10.45am - 11.45am.
||Tel. 01925 754367
||The group meets each Friday, 10.30am -11.30am.
|Orford Park Library
||Tel. 01925 572504
||The group meets each Tuesday, 10.30am -11.30am.
||Tel. 01925 723730
||The group meets each Tuesday, 2.00pm - 3.00pm.
Visit the Read to Relax webpage
Creative Remedies also offers a Read to Relax Group. For more information call 01925 443555 or email email@example.com.
The Read to Relax groups are based on an approach developed by the Reader, a charity which aims to promote wellbeing and reduce social isolation through shared reading. The Reader offers free training and ongoing support to help volunteers set up and run shared reading groups, to promote wellbeing in their community or workplace.
Visit the Reader’s website
Reading Well for Children
This collection of books aims to help children cope with daily life and difficult feelings. Some of the books cover feelings such as anger, fear, worry and sadness. Other books focus on things which can help, such as mindfulness and building self-esteem. The booklist is aimed at children aged 7-11 and includes books for less confident readers. All the books can be borrowed free from LiveWire Libraries. More information about the booklist can be found on the link below.
Visit the Reading Well website
Shelf Help: Reading Well for Young People
This is a collection of 35 books which aims to provide young people (aged 13-18) with information, support and advice on a wide range of mental health issues and difficult life experiences. The issues covered include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and exams.
Shelf Help is part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme run by the Reading Agency. Young people with experience of mental health problems helped experts to choose the books. All the Shelf-Help books are free to borrow from LiveWire Libraries.
Visit the Reading Well website
Reading Well: Mood-Boosting Books
The Reading Agency has put together lists of mood-boosting books, which include novels, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels. These books are recommended (by members of reading groups) for anyone who is feeling stressed, or wants to boost their mood. Many of the books can be borrowed from LiveWire Libraries. If you know your library number and PIN you can reserve books online and ask for them to be delivered free, to your local Warrington library.
Visit the Reading Well website
Reading Well: Books on Prescription
This scheme encourages people to read recommended self-help books for issues such as depression, anxiety and sleep problems. All the books are endorsed by health care professionals and can be borrowed free from your local LiveWire Library. GPs and other health professionals can recommend the self-help books as part of your treatment. More details about how you can borrow Books on Prescription from your local library, can be found on LiveWire Libraries' webpages. More information about the national scheme can be found on the link below.
Visit the Reading Well website
Sleep and wellbeing
Sleep is important as it can help us to look after both our physical health and our mental wellbeing. Good quality sleep can improve our mood, mental wellbeing and memory. Whereas lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, can have a negative impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Living with a mental health problem can also affect how well we sleep.
Click the dropdown headings below, for information and resources relating to mental wellbeing and sleep. The resources include e-learning, downloadable booklets and podcasts.
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – “Sleeping problems” booklet
This site has a range of free self-help booklets, one of them focuses on sleeping problems. The booklets are clear, easy to read and based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). They're available in a variety of formats and can be downloaded free for personal use. There is also a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android, which allows people to access the full range of self-help booklets that the site offers.
Visit CNTW NHS Trust's website
Every Mind Matters
The Every Mind Matters site has information and advice on how you can look after your mental wellbeing, or find support for mental health problems. It includes several pages on sleep, which cover:
- Understanding sleep problems
- Top tips for a better sleep
- Signs of sleep problems
- What causes sleep problems
- Getting help
The site also has an interactive tool, Your Mind Plan, which will suggest simple actions you could take to improve your mental health.
Visit Every Mind Matters website
IAPT - Talking Matters Warrington
This service offers a range of talking treatments to people experiencing issues such as depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The treatments include disorder specific workshops, guided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). If someone’s sleep is affected by their depression or anxiety, sleep hygiene is one of the interventions the service can offer.
Due to COVID-19 Talking Matters Warrington is currently providing psychological support by phone, video conferencing and through the Silvercloud e-therapy platform.
To use the service people need to be aged 16 or over and registered with a GP in Warrington. People can be referred into the service by a GP, or can refer themselves. Referrals can be made by:
Making Space offers a range of free, computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) programmes. The programmes are confidential and you can refer yourself. For you to get the most out of the programmes, basic computer skills are desirable. You need to be 16 or over and registered with a GP in Warrington to use this service.
cCBT can be an effective treatment for mild to moderate conditions such as low mood, worry, panic, agoraphobia and sleep problems. The computerised programmes aim to help people recognise and challenge negative thinking and behaviour within themselves, and to develop coping skills. The sleep module covers sleeping habits, relaxation and thoughts that might keep you awake. Each person receives up to six weekly treatment sessions, with one to one support. It's also possible to work through these programmes at home with weekly telephone support sessions.
Visit Making Space's website
Mental Health Foundation
Information on this site covers different types of sleep problem, self-help strategies and treatments. There’s also information about sleep problems in children. Podcasts on sleep, relaxation and mental wellbeing are available on the site. Booklets on different aspects of mental health and wellbeing can be downloaded free, or bought from the site. One of the booklets, “How to Sleep Better”, gives self-help tips for a good night’s sleep.
Visit the Mental Health Foundation’s website
Mind – “How to cope with sleep problems” booklet
The national charity Mind, provides information on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. The site has information about different types of sleep problems, including insomnia. This can be downloaded free as a PDF booklet and includes practical self-help tips and details of where you can go for support.
Visit Mind's website
The MindEd website provides free e-learning resources on mental health and wellbeing. The e-learning is aimed at the general public, volunteers and professionals. The resources for families focus on children, young people and older people. The site aims to help people understand what problems can occur, what self-help approaches might work and what support is available. On the families’ section of the site, two of the learning resources relate to sleep problems:
Visit MindEd for Families
The NHS site
The sleep pages on this site cover tiredness and fatigue, sleep tips and children’s sleep. There’s also a page on insomnia, which includes a sleep self-assessment with practical tips for improving sleep.
Visit the NHS website
Reading Well: Books on Prescription
The Books on Prescription scheme encourages people to read recommended self-help books for issues such as depression and anxiety. One of the books, The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night, focuses on sleep. All the books are endorsed by health care professionals and can be borrowed free from LiveWire Libraries. GPs and other health professionals can also recommend the self-help books as part of your treatment. For details about the Warrington Books on Prescription Scheme and to see the full range of recommended books visit LiveWire Libraries’ site. More information about the national scheme can be found on the link below.
Visit the Reading Well website
Rise Above for Schools – lesson plan and resources on sleep
This site has free downloadable resources on Sleep and Wellbeing. These resources are designed for teachers to use with young people aged 10-16. The materials aim to help young people explore the physical and mental benefits of sleep. They include action plan worksheets, ideas for group activities, lesson plans and PowerPoints.
Visit Rise Above’s website
For additional free mental health and wellbeing resources aimed at young people click here.
For details of mental health support services which young people can access themselves:
- Click the button “children and young people” above.
- Then scroll down to the dark heading “Information and support".
Royal College of Psychiatrists
This site has clear, non-medical information aimed at the general public, including two pages which focus on sleep.
Sleep well apps
Below are details of the NHS Apps Library and ORCHA, both sites assess and rate health and wellbeing apps. The aim of assessing apps is to help people decide which app might be best for them. Both sites are aimed at the general public. The assessment of the apps covers areas such as safety, effectiveness and data protection.
NHS Apps Library
This site lists apps which may help people manage, or improve their health. It includes a section on mental health apps and a small section on sleep apps. The NHS assesses the apps to make sure that only apps that are safe and secure are included in the digital library. The assessment covers how effective the app is, how easy it is to use, clinical safety and data protection. Many of the apps listed are free, though there's a charge for some.
Visit the NHS Apps Library
This organisation helps people find the best apps to improve their health. ORCHA reviews and rates health, wellbeing, fitness and medical apps against certain standards. The review process involves checking each apps' performance in relation to effectiveness, safety, security and usability. A number of the apps on ORCHA's site relate to mental wellbeing and sleep. The website's design means that you can easily search for apps by topic, platform and cost.
In February 2020 ORCHA rated Sleepio, Sleeprate and Ambio Sleep Sounds the highest, for improving sleep. You can read about these apps here.
Visit ORCHA's app finder pages
Food and wellbeing
What we eat and how frequently we eat, can make a big difference to our mental wellbeing. Making improvements to our diet can help us think more clearly, feel more positive and give us more energy. The following sites have information about how food can affect our mental wellbeing:
“How to…” mental wellbeing booklets
The Mental Health Foundation has information booklets on different aspects of mental health and wellbeing. The booklets can be downloaded free, or bought from the site. They include clear explanations and practical self-help tips. The booklets on mental wellbeing include:
- How to look after your mental health
- How to support mental health at work
- How to manage and reduce stress
- How to look after your mental health using mindfulness
- How to look after your mental health using exercise
- How to sleep better
- How to look after your mental health in later life
- How to look after your mental health in prison
Visit the Mental Health Foundation's website
Asking for help
Looking after your mental health and wellbeing involves being able to recognise when you might need help; and asking for support if you need it.
If you feel stuck in a rut and need a bit of encouragement and support to get you back on track, then you could contact Warrington Wellbeing. More details are below.
The Warrington Wellbeing Team can help you get the information, advice and practical support you need to improve your health and wellbeing. The Team can offer free one to one support, to help you manage things like loneliness, money worries, health problems and reducing smoking. Some information and advice is provided by the Team members themselves, but if specialist advice is needed Wellbeing staff will refer you on to the appropriate service.
For more information visit the webpage below, or drop into the Warrington Wellbeing office (at the Gateway on Sankey Street, opposite the town hall and the golden gates).
Visit Warrington Wellbeing's webpage
Other organisations you can contact for support with your mental health and wellbeing are listed under the orange dropdown headings below.
If you can’t cope and need support for your mental health right now, then click I need urgent help.
If you're experiencing a mental health crisis, and need urgent help, you should ring the Mental Health Crisis Line on 0800 051 1508.
The Crisis Line is:
- available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- for people who live in Warrington, Halton, Knowsley or St Helens
- for people of all ages, including children and young people
More details are under the drop down heading below.
Mental Health Crisis Line
When you ring the Crisis Line, a mental health professional will discuss your worries with you. Then they'll make a plan of how your needs can be met. This could include:
- Referring you for a mental health assessment.
- Referring you into a mental health service.
- Advising you to contact Taking Matters Warrington.
- Advising you to contact a different community support service.
If you're already receiving support for your mental health, then you can ring the Crisis Line, or the service you’re receiving support from.
If it’s a life-threatening emergency and someone needs immediate help for their mental or physical health, then you should call 999 or go to A&E.
Contacting the Crisis Line on behalf of someone else
You can ring the Crisis Line for advice, guidance and support if you are concerned that:
- A family member, friend, or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis.
- An individual you don’t know (e.g. a member of the public) is experiencing a mental health crisis.
Professionals wanting advice, or to make a referral
If you're a health or social care professional and you have a patient or client (who is a Warrington resident), who is experiencing a mental health crisis, then please contact one of the following services:
More information about the Mental Health Crisis Line can be found on the links below:
Crisis Line information for people experiencing a crisis
Crisis Line information for professionals
The Crisis Line is run by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Other options include:
- Contacting your GP (doctor), and asking for an emergency appointment.
- contacting the service you’re receiving support from (if you're already receiving support for your mental health).
If it’s a life-threatening emergency and someone needs immediate help for their mental or physical health, then call 999 or go to A&E.
If you need support for your mental health, but it’s not urgent, then you could:
- Contact your GP (doctor).
- Look under the dark heading “Information and support” below
- Contact one of the organisations listed below.
The organisations below offer support to people who are struggling to cope, or feeling suicidal.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
CALM is for men who are down, or in crisis. CALM offers free confidential support to men, through a helpline and webchat. Support is available from 5pm to midnight every day.
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58
Visit CALM’s website
Childline’s free helpline offers confidential telephone counselling and advice to children and young people, who are under 19 years old. Support is also available through email, online chat with a Childline counsellor, and the website’s message boards.
Ring: 0800 1111
Visit Childline's website
PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide
PAPYRUS’ HOPELINEUK is for young people (aged under 35) who are having thoughts of suicide and anyone who is worried about a young person who may be at risk of suicide. When you ring you don’t have to give your name, or any personal details. All calls are confidential, but if an advisor is concerned about a young person’s safety then PAPYRUS may contact emergency services to ensure the young person doesn’t come to harm.
HOPELINEUK 0800 068 41 41
Text 07860 039967
Visit PAPYRUS' website
Samaritans offers a safe place for you to talk, at any time, day or night, about whatever is getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal to get in touch with Samaritans. You can call, email, write, or visit Samaritans face-to-face.
116 123 this number is free to call
Visit Samaritans' website
This UK charity provides free, confidential text support to people in crisis. Shout's trained volunteers are available 24 hours a day, every day. If you need support text the word ‘Shout’ to 85258. A Shout volunteer will listen to your concerns and work with you to create a plan of action to help you manage your crisis, feel calmer and stay safe. The types of issues people contact Shout about include assault, abuse, bullying, relationship challenges, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
Visit Shout's website
Text the word "Shout" to 85258
You could also download the Stay Alive app, a free app you can use to help you cope and stay safe. For more details click the drop down heading below.
Stay Alive App
This free suicide prevention app includes details of crisis support in Warrington, as well as national support services.
The Stay Alive app is for anyone who feels suicidal. It's also for people who are concerned about someone else’s suicidal thoughts. The app includes:
- a safety plan
- reasons for living (you can add your own personal reasons)
- a life box where you can store photos and memories that are important to you
- strategies for staying safe
- tips on how to stay grounded, when you're feeling overwhelmed
- a wellness plan
- details of local and national support services
You can download the Stay Alive app free from the App Store or Google Play. More details about the app can be found on the Grassroots Suicide Prevention website.
The organisations below can offer information, support or advice if someone close to you has died. (When someone important to you dies, this is often know as bereavement, or being bereaved).
The services and and resources in the first list of blue dropdown headings below, are especially for young people, or they have webpages just for young people.
In the second list of blue dropdown headings below, the services provide more general bereavement support. These sites may have information you'll find useful, but most don’t have pages or services especially for young people.
Due to the need for social distancing, most of the organisations listed won't currently be offering face to face support.
When a pet dies
For many people pets come to be seen as members of their family, so it can be very difficult and upsetting time, when a pet dies. The Blue Cross runs a Pet Bereavement Support Service, every day from 8.30am to 8.30pm, call 0800 096 6606.
The organisations and resources listed directly below are especially for young people, or include pages on their websites for young people.
Apart of Me
This free game, available for iOS or Android, is for young people (aged 12 and over) who have a very ill family member or friend. It's also for young people who have had a family member or friend die. The App includes interactive meditations and ideas for coping with overwhelming feelings. You can download Apart of Me from the App Store or Google Play.
On the ORCHA app finder site, you can search for other health, fitness and wellbeing apps, which have been reviewed and rated.
Child Bereavement UK
This organisation provides information, advice and support to adults, who are supporting children or young people who've been bereaved. Support is also available to children and young people themselves. The website includes pages for schools, professionals, parents, carers and young people. Support is offered through a free, national helpline, email and live chat. Booked telephone support is also available to families, when a bereavement is expected.
Visit Child Bereavement UK's website
Child Bereavement UK (Cheshire)
This charity supports young people (up to the age of 25). It also supports parents, who have lost a child of any age. People can get support before they are bereaved, immediately after bereavement, or years later. Specialist bereavement support is currently being offered via phone, Zoom and instant Messenger. Face to face support has been suspended because of COVID-19. When face to face support is available at the Widnes base, it’s open to people living in Warrington.
Visit the webpages of Child Bereavement UK (Cheshire)
Childhood Bereavement Network
This organisation provides information, guidance and support to adults, who are supporting children and young people who've been bereaved. There are sections on the website for service providers, parents and carers, and bereaved young people.
Visit the Childhood Bereavement Network's website
Childline has information on how young people can help themselves and where they can get support, when someone has died. The website includes:
- How to cope when someone dies
- Reactions to losing someone you love
- Who you can talk to
- Saying goodbye
- Losing someone to suicide
- Creating memory stones
Childline's helpline is for children and young people, who are under 19. It provides free, confidential, counselling and advice. There is also the option of an online chat with a counsellor, or support from the online message boards.
"For Me" is a counselling app developed by teenagers for Childline. It can be downloaded free from the App Store.
Visit Childline's website
This organisation offers support to children, young people and families who have been bereaved. It also supports school staff and frontline staff, who are working with bereaved families. Support is provided through:
- A free, national helpline Monday to Friday, 9.00am-9.00pm.
- Live webchat and email.
- Online counselling.
- Webpages with resources for young people, schools and professionals.
Visit Grief Encounter’s website
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. Hope Again provides information and advice for young people, when someone has died. You can learn from other young people and can share your feelings, through the site's online chat and message board. You can contact Cruse by phone or email, details are on the Hope Again website.
Visit Hope Again's website
Winston's Wish supports children, young people and their families following the death of a parent, or a brother or sister. Support is offered through a free helpline, email, Crisis Messenger and online chat. The site also has information on supporting grieving children and young people during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Visit the website of Winston's Wish
This site has lots of information about young people's mental health. It also has ideas and tips for things that children and young people can do, which might help them feel better. The pages on grief and loss cover:
- What grief is
- Working through your grief
- Where to get help
Visit Young Minds website
The organisations listed directly below offer support to people who've been bereaved, but most don’t have webpages or support services especially for young people. Some of the services are just for people aged 18, or over.
The Alder Centre
The Adler Centre offers free bereavement and grief counselling to anyone affected by the death of a child (of any age). This includes adults, children and families, across the country. The service also provides peer support from volunteers, as well as practical and emotional support, for families who have been affected by the death of a child at Alder Hey Hospital.
Visit the Alder Centre's website
At a Loss
This charity provides a range of support to bereaved people in the UK. The service includes:
- Grief chat: free online support from a bereavement counsellor.
- Bereavement support, for men.
- Information and resources.
- A directory of bereavement services across the UK, which people can search, for particular types of support.
The site also has pages on COVID-19 and bereavement.
Visit the website of At a Loss
Bereavement support line (for NHS workers)
This phone line provides confidential support to NHS workers. The support is just for staff with bereavement or mental wellbeing issues, which relate to loss experienced through their work. The free, confidential support line is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week.
Call 0300 303 4434
Visit the website of Our NHS People
The Bereavement Trust
Volunteers on the Bereavement Trust’s national helpline can offer comfort, support and practical advice. The helpline is free and open 6.00pm until 10.00pm, seven days a week.
Visit the Bereavement Trust’s website
The Compassionate Friends
This national organisation provides support to parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters (over 18), who have been bereaved by the death of a child. The child can be of any age (including an adult child). The service is available whether the death was recent, or many years ago. It is provided by people who have themselves, been affected by the death of a child. Support is available through:
- A national helpline, which is open every day and every evening.
- A moderated online forum.
- Online events, for bereavement in particular circumstances.
- Moderated Facebook groups.
- A range of leaflets for bereaved families and professionals, these include one on “grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Warrington support group
The Compassionate Friends run a bereavement support group in Warrington. Due to COVID-19 the group meetings have been suspended, but the facilitator can offer phone support to bereaved parents. To contact the Warrington group call the national helpline on 0345 123 2304, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit The Compassionate Friends' website
Cruse Bereavement Care
This charity offers information, advice and emotional support to people of any age, who have been affected by bereavement. The website includes information and resources for schools, parents and professionals. Because of COVID-19 face-to face support has been suspended and Cruse is offering support though:
- A free national telephone helpline, which is open every day and some evenings.
- Website resources, which include a range of free leaflets as well as several pages on COVID-19, bereavement and grief.
- The Hope Again website, which is for young people who have been bereaved.
Visit Cruse Bereavement Care's website
Dying Matters encourages people to talk about death, dying and bereavement. The site is for anyone who needs information about planning for end of life, (including health care professionals and the general public). The online resources include practical information and an opportunity for people to connect with others through the website’s forums.
Visit Dying Matters’ website
IAPT- Talking Matters Warrington
The cognitive behavioural therapy that Talking Matters Warrington provides, can help with conditions such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These mental health problems can often be triggered by bereavement, especially when the bereavement is traumatic.
Talking Matters Warrington recommends that people wait at least four weeks following a bereavement, before starting treatment. This is to allow the natural process of grieving to take place.
The treatments include guided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Due to the current restrictions, psychological therapies are being delivered via telephone and through the Silvercloud e-therapy platform.
To use the service, people need to be aged 16 or over and registered with a GP in Warrington. People can be referred into the service by a GP, or can refer themselves. The service is currently accepting referrals via email email@example.com and via voicemails left at 01925 401720. A referral form can be downloaded from the link below.
Visit Talking Matters webpages
Support for health and social care staff
Alongside the core service outlined above, Talking Matters Warrington also offers support to health and social care staff. This is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The online CBT support for staff includes programmes such stress management, low mood, resilience and modules on coping with COVID-19. The nature of the programmes means people can access them immediately.
This offer of support is open to all health and social care staff working in Warrington, aged 16 or over (regardless of where they live, or where their GP is based). Any staff member who is interested, should download and complete this referral form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
John Holt Cancer Support Foundation
This local charity offers practical support and advice to those affected by cancer. The range of support includes counselling and one to one support.
Visit John Holt’s website
The Lullaby Trust
This charity offers confidential bereavement support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child. This includes families, friends, carers and professionals. The service is available whether the death was recent, or many years ago. Support is provided through:
- A bereavement support helpline, which is free and open every day.
- Befrienders, who offer peer support by phone and email.
- A Facebook Bereavement Support Group.
Visit the Lullaby Trust’s website
Macmillan Cancer Support
This charity offers emotional support to people living with cancer, and to their loved ones. Support is provided through:
- A national, free helpline and webchat service. Both are open 8.00am-8.00pm, seven days a week.
- An online peer support community.
The website includes pages on practical and emotional matters relating to bereavement.
Visit Macmillan’s website
Marie Curie - Bereavement Support Line
Marie Curie runs a free telephone support service, for people bereaved by terminal illness. People can access support before they are bereaved, immediately after bereavement, or years later. This service is open to people aged 18 or over, it includes:
- A telephone support line, which provides practical and emotional support seven days a week.
- Support from spiritual care coordinators (to help people find things that bring them hope, strength and peace).
- Ongoing telephone support from bereavement volunteers, (up to six sessions of 45 minutes).
The charity's website also provides information and resources to help people cope with their own grief, or support someone else through bereavement.
Visit Marie Curie's website
National Bereavement Partnership COVID-19 Hub
This service offers a listening ear, information, advice and support to people bereaved by COVID-19. Support is provided through a free, national helpline, which is open 7.00am-10.00pm, seven days a week. People can get support by phone, SMS, email or through a chatroom.
Visit the Hub’s website
SANDS offers support to anyone affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. The service is available whether the death was recent or many years ago. The bereavement support available through SANDS includes:
- A confidential, free national helpline.
- Email support.
- An online peer support forum.
- “Grief Chat”, free, online chat with trained bereavement counsellors.
- Online and printed bereavement resources.
Visit SANDS website
The Sue Ryder charity offers information, resources and support relating to bereavement. This includes:
- Free, online bereavement counselling, for people aged 18 or over.
- Peer support, through an online community.
- Information and resources to help people cope with their own grief, or support someone else through bereavement.
Visit Sue Ryder's website
This charity supports people who have been suddenly bereaved, whatever the cause. Emotional support, practical advice and signposting is offered through a free national helpline and by email. The site includes pages with information about bereavement by COVID-19.
Visit Sudden's website
St Rocco’s Hospice
This local charity provides bereavement support to anyone whose loved one was cared for or supported by St Rocco's. The support offered includes counselling.
Visit St Rocco’s website
Warrington Bereavement Support (WBS)
This local charity offers bereaved people the opportunity to talk to trained volunteers about their experience of loss. There is currently a waiting list for support. Volunteers are happy to explain the service to people, who would like to be placed on the waiting list.
Visit WBS' website
Warrington Borough Council’s (WBC) Bereavement Services
This service provides a range of support to bereaved Warrington residents, who are arranging the burial or cremation of a loved one.
You can contact WBC’s Bereavement services on email@example.com or 01925 267731.
You can find practical information and advice about what needs to be done following a death on WBC’s website.
Warrington and Halton Hospital Bereavement Service
This local service provides one to one practical advice and support to anyone close to a patient, who has died in the hospital. People can contact the Bereavement Office on 01925 662294 or 01925 275281. The booklet “A Guide for Bereaved Relatives and Friends” can be downloaded from the site. The booklet gives more details about the service and practical advice on what needs to be done following a death.
Visit the Bereavement Service’s webpages
Support following suicide
The services and resources listed below offer information, advice and support to people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. Some of the services focus just on bereavement by suicide, others offer more general bereavement support, but have a page, group, or resource on bereavement by suicide. PAPYRUS offers a debrief service, rather than suicide bereavement support. A number of the services below are just for people aged 18, or over.
AMPARO - support following suicide
AMPARO offers confidential, practical and emotional support to anyone affected by suicide. Support can be provided one-to-one, to family groups and to groups of colleagues or peers. The support offered includes:
- Help dealing with the police and the coroner.
- Helping with media enquiries.
- Help preparing for and attending the inquest.
- Helping people to access local support services.
People can contact Amparo by calling 0330 088 9255, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or completing the form on the website.
You can download an A4 PDF poster, promoting AMPARO's Service here.
Visit AMPARO's webpage
PAPYRUS’ Debrief Service
As well as providing support to young people who feel suicidal and to people concerned about a young person, PAPYRUS offers a debrief service. People of any age can ring HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 41 41, to debrief, after a recent encounter with suicide.
Examples of who the service is for are below:
- A concerned other, after a patient/a loved one has attempted suicide.
- A concerned other, after they have asked a client ‘Are you thinking about suicide?’ and the answer was ‘Yes.’
- A first responder, after they have attended the scene of a suicide, or an attempted suicide.
- Anyone who has had a recent encounter with suicide, or who has recently witnessed a suicide.
PAPYRUS’ offers a debrief service, rather than bereavement support. If you are looking for suicide bereavement support, both SOBS and AMPARO offer this.
Support After Suicide Partnership
This website offers information and support to people who have been bereaved, or impacted, by suicide. As well as pages for people impacted by suicide, the site covers supporting someone else, finding local support and personal stories. There's also a resources section, with a range of booklets, leaflets and support guides relating to suicide prevention and suicide bereavement. All the resources can be read online, or downloaded free.
Visit the Support After Suicide Partnership website
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
SOBS is a national self-help organisation which offers confidential support to people over 18, who have been bereaved by suicide. Support is provided by volunteers through the helpline, by email and through local groups.
St Helen's SOBS group
This SOBS group offers support to people in St Helen's and the surrounding areas, including Warrington. Volunteers, who have themselves been bereaved by suicide, run the group. Because of COVID-19 face to face meetings aren’t currently taking place, but the group is meeting online. For more details about the St Helen's group, ring Derek or Anne on 07580 358312.
Visit the national SOBS' website
Winston's Wish supports children, young people and their families following the death of a parent, or a brother or sister. Support is available through a free helpline, email, crisis Messenger and online chat. The website includes several articles relating to bereavement by suicide. The book “Beyond the Rough Rock, Supporting a Child who has been Bereaved through Suicide” can be bought from the site.
Visit the website of Winston's Wish
Booklets and leaflets on bereavement
Details of some free booklets and leaflets relating to bereavement are listed below.
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
This site has a range of clear, easy to read, self-help booklets, which are based on CBT. One of the booklets focuses on bereavement. The booklets are available in a variety of formats; and can be downloaded free. There is also a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android, which allows you to access the full range of self-help booklets.
Visit CNTW NHS Trust's website
Help is at Hand
This information booklet was produced by and for people who've been bereaved by suicide. The booklet covers a range of areas including inquests and investigations, bereavement and how friends and colleagues can help. You can order a free hard copy of Help is at Hand by ringing 0300 123 1002 and quoting "2901502/Help is at Hand", or you can download a PDF of the booklet.
Mind’s website has information booklets and fact sheets on different aspects of mental health and wellbeing. One of the booklets focuses on bereavement. This information can be read online, or downloaded free. Alternatively you can buy the bereavement booklet from the site.
Visit Mind's site
Support After Suicide Partnership
This site brings together a range of resources for people who have been bereaved, or affected by suicide. The resources include leaflets, booklets and support guides, focusing on suicide prevention and suicide bereavement. All the resources can be viewed online, or downloaded from the site.
Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Warrington CCG has produced a local leaflet about grief and the emotional impact of bereavement. The leaflet can be downloaded as a PDF, here.
Visit Warrington CCG's Website
When people use the term LGBTQ+ to describe themselves, it means they identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning, or they might define their sexuality or gender in a different way.
The Stonewall Youth website has pages which explain the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity in a way that’s clear and easy to understand. The site also explains some of the other words which are often used to describe these elements of our personalities.
LGBTQ+ young people and mental health
Being LGBTQ+ doesn’t itself cause mental health problems, but LGBTQ+ people’s experience of issues such as bullying, isolation, rejection, harassment, discrimination and hate crime, can increase the risk of certain mental health problems. (For an explanation hate crime, and details of how to report hate crime, look under the "Stigma, discrimination and mental health" heading at the bottom of the page). Research* has shown that young people who are LGBTQ+ are more likely than straight people, to experience anxiety and depression; to self-harm; and to take their own lives.
Taking care of our mental wellbeing
It’s necessary for all of us to look after our mental wellbeing, but for young LGBTQ+ people, who may face additional pressures, it’s particularly important.
For more information about maintaining or improving your mental wellbeing click on the orange “looking after our mental wellbeing” heading above.
Asking for support
It’s also really important to be able to recognize when you might need help or support; and to ask for help when you need it. The organisations listed in the blue dropdown headings below offer information, advice or support to people who identify as LGBTQ+.
If you can’t cope and need support urgently, then click on the “If you need help right now” orange dropdown heading above.
Organisations or webpages for LGBTQ+ young people
Several of the organisations and websites below, such as Childline, TAGS, The LGBT Foundation, Mermaids and Young Stonewall, are designed for LGBTQ+ young people, or have a number of webpages especially for LGBTQ+ young people. These services are listed in the first section of blue dropdown headings.
The organisations and websites included in the second section of blue dropdown headings are more general mental health sites, or support services for LGBTQ+ people. These websites may well have information you'll find useful, but they don’t have pages or services especially for LGBTQ+ young people.
Details of webpages, services and groups for LGBTQ+ people over 18, are listed on both the page for adults and the page for older people.
*For more details about the research mentioned in the first paragraph, you can download a PDF of Stonewall’s Mental Health Briefing 2012.
In the outline of services below, the terms used to describe people who are LGBTQ+ reflect the wording on each of the services’ websites.
The organisations listed directly below are especially for young people, or include pages on their websites for LGBTQ+ young people.
Due to the need for social distancing, most of these organisation won't currently be offering face to face support.
The Beaumont Society
This is a national self-help organisation run by and for the transgender community. The Beaumont Society offers support to people who identify as transgender, and to their partners and families. The Society can also provide advice and training on transgender issues. The website has a page especially for transgender teenagers.
Visit the Beaumont Society’s website
Don't be put off by the name of this organization, Childline isn’t just for children, it’s for any young person under 19. The website has clear, easy to understand information about many of the things which can affect children and young people.
You can talk to someone at Childline on the phone, by email or through one to one counsellor chat, about anything that's affecting you, including sexuality and gender identity (there's no charge).
Listed below are links to the main pages on Childline’s website, which have information about sexuality or gender identity:
The LGBT Foundation offers advice, support and information to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans. Services include a national helpline and free talking therapies for LGBT people across the North West. The Foundation has produced this PDF guide on mental health and wellbeing for LGBT people. The website has a page on mental health for lesbian, bi-sexual and trans women.
Visit the LGBT Foundation’s website
Mermaids supports children and young people (up to the age of 19) who are experiencing gender identity issues. Support is also available to families and professionals involved in the care of children and young people. The organisation provides support through a helpline, email, an online parents' forum and a separate teens’ forum.
Visit Mermaids website
The Proud Trust (previously LGBT Northwest)
This charity supports LGBT young people in the North West. Support is offered through a range of different groups (many of which meet in Manchester) and through the Peer Support Project.
The Peer Support Project provides confidential support to LGBT people aged 12-25. Young people who contact the Proud Trust can be linked to another LGBT young person of a similar age, who is a trained Peer Supporter. The role of the Peer Supporter is to listen to you without judgement; to chat with you; and to signpost you to other support you might need. Peer support can be provided face-to-face, by text, Facebook, email or telephone.
Visit the Proud Trust’s website
TAGS - Teenagers, Gender & Sexuality (previously known as GLYSS)
The TAGS groups offer young people, who identify as LGBTQ+, a safe place to meet peers and find support and acceptance.
TAGS (for 17-24 year olds) runs every Monday, 6:00pm-9:00pm. This group aims to help young people explore their transition to adulthood; develop support strategies; and challenge policies relating to the LGBTQ+ agenda. For more details about TAGS ring Sharon on 07717815859.
Youth TAGS (for 11-16 year olds) runs every Wednesday, 6:00pm-9:00pm. This group aims to help young people explore issues around sexuality and gender. It also provides support to young people, wherever they may be in terms of their LGBTQ+ journey. For more details about Youth TAGS ring Jaime on 07775024897.
The TAGS groups are part of Warrington Borough Council's Youth Service. Both groups meet in Warrington Youth Café, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH.
The organisations directly below offer support to LGBTQ+ people, but they don’t have webpages or support services especially for LGBTQ+ young people
Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity
This charity provides information and support to lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse. The charity also offers support to LGBT+ people who have had problems with the police or who have questions about the criminal justice system. Galop runs the national LGBT domestic abuse helpline, see the entry for the domestic abuse helpline below.
Visit Galop’s website
For more information about what hate crime is and details of how to report hate crime in Warrington, click on the orange drop down heading “Stigma, discrimination and mental health problems” below.
Mind's website has pages on mental health and being LGBTQ+. The site also includes information booklets on many different aspects of mental health. All of the booklets can be read online, some can be downloaded free, others can be bought from the site.
Visit Mind’s website
Mind Out is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans and queer people. Mind Out offers people, across the country, advice and information over the phone, by email or via online chat.
Visit Mind Out’s website
National LGBT domestic abuse helpline
This helpline offers emotional and practical support to LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. The webpage covers how to tell if you’re experiencing domestic abuse and what to do if you are. Domestic abuse can take many forms, including psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.
Visit the webpage of the domestic abuse helpline
The NHS website
The NHS website has a range of health information for LGBT people. Links to the main pages which cover LGBT people's health are listed below:
Rethink Mental Illness
This charity has information about a wide range of issues including mental health problems, treatments and support available. Rethink's information sheets (which can be downloaded free) include a PDF fact sheet on LGBT+ mental health.
Visit Rethink’s website
Many people who experience mental health problems don't talk about their feelings or ask for help as they're afraid what other people might think, or say, or do.
Jokes and insults are often linked to mental health problems, this can hurt people's feelings and make them less likely to seek help when they need it.
The campaigns "Time to Change" and "Stamp Out Stigma" ask all of us to think and talk in a more responsible way about mental health problems. Both campaigns want to change our attitudes and behaviour towards people who experience mental health problems. The aim is to reduce stigma and discrimination.
Time to Change
Time to Change is a social movement which encourages us all to talk more openly about mental health. The aim of the movement is to change negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems. The national Time to Change site has ideas and resources to help people, of all ages, get involved. Many of the resources are free to download.
Visit the Time to Change website
Warrington Time to Change Hub
Warrington is working closely with Time to Change and has set up a local Time to Change Hub. The Hub recruits and supports volunteers with lived experience of mental health problems (Champions). The role of Time to Change Champions is to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems, through campaigns, events and activities across Warrington.
The local Hub is led by Warrington Speak Up, in partnership with Warrington Borough Council.
Visit the webpage of Warrington's Time to Change Hub.
Stamp Out Stigma
The Stamp Out Stigma campaign aims to put an end to stigma relating to mental health problems and learning disabilities. The campaign’s work focuses on a number of key areas:
- Enabling people, with lived experience of mental health stigma, to share their stories.
- Myth-busting common misconceptions about mental health conditions every month.
- Helping schools to raise awareness of mental health and learning disability stigma.
On the “schools’ resources” page you can download lesson plans for primary schools and secondary schools. Why not encourage your school to join the campaign?
Visit Stamp Out Stigma's webpages
Hate crime is the term used when someone is the target of crime or hostility, because of prejudice based on certain personal characteristics that they have. To put it simply, hate crime is when someone bullies you, hurts you or makes you feel bad, and their action is motivated by one of the personal characteristics below:
There are many different forms of hate crime. Hate crime can be against a person, or against their property. It can include:
- physical attacks
- abusive remarks
- insulting gestures
- being ignored
Hate crime can also take place online and on social media.
Mate crime can be a form of hate crime. Mate crime is when someone pretends to be your friend, but then does things to take advantage of you or hurt you. In this context a “mate” might be a friend, a family member, a supporter, a paid member staff or someone in another role. Mate crime could involve someone asking you for money frequently, making you feel uncomfortable, or making you do things you don’t want to do.
Reporting hate crime
If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime, then it's important to report it, as it may help prevent a hate crime happening to someone else.
There are a number of ways you can report a hate crime, by phone, in person or online:
- By phone: you can call the Police on 101 (for non-emergencies), or in an emergency on 999.
- In person: you can go to a local police station to report a hate crime, or to a local community reporting centre. Community reporting centres are organisations in Warrington whose staff have agreed to listen to people's experiences of hate crime and pass the information on to the police. You can report a hate crime at these centres anonymously if you wish. A list of local community reporting centres can be found on the Cheshire Police website.
- Online: via the True Vision website
This site explains the different ways in which you can report hate crimes, including online reporting. It also has links to organisations that can offer support and advice to anyone who's experienced a hate crime.
The impact of hate crime
Hate crimes can cause people significantly more psychological distress, than crimes which aren’t motivated by hate or prejudice. The violence and harassment, which can be part of hate crimes, often takes place over a long period of time. This can have negative physical and psychological effects on individuals and their families. People who have been subjected to hate crime may experience depression, anxiety, or anger as a result of what they have been through.
It's important to let someone know if you're experiencing difficulties as a result of hate crime. Talk to your GP, a friend, a member of your family, or someone else you trust. Letting someone know how you're feeling is the first step to getting the help or support you need.
Cheshire CARES (Cope and Recover Enhanced Service)
This site was set up to provide advice and support to all victims of crime in Cheshire, including bereaved relatives and carers. There's a directory on the site listing a wide range of local and national services which can support victims of crime. The crime doesn’t have to be recent, or to have been reported to the police, for you to get support. You can find Warrington based services by using the search function on the site.
Support services on Happy? OK? Sad?
You could also click the dropdown headings above to see the range of mental health support available to people in Warrington. You might want to start by looking under the general heading “Information about local and national services and support”.
If you can’t cope and need support urgently, then click on the orange dropdown heading “If you need help right now” above.
Stigma - is a negative attitude towards something or someone, based on a misunderstanding. When we talk about the stigma of mental health problems we mean that people are often thought less of, or seen in a negative way because of their mental health problems.
Discrimination - is treating people differently, unfairly or less well. Often people are treated unfairly or less well just because they have mental health problems.