Mental Health Services

The Warwickshire Review’s Guide to Local Mental Health Services

Warwickshire’s Mental Health Services

Below you will find information on services available if you or someone you know are struggling and need support with your mental health. If you need immediate support, contact;

  • Samaritans – call 116 123
  • Shout 85258 – Shout 85258 offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance: text “SHOUT” to 85258
  • For urgent medical needs call your GP, or NHS 111. If you are in a life-threatening situation call 999.

Other text services and helplines available are;

  • CALM – CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason: call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight). You can also access free, anonymous webchat with trained CALM staff via their website.
  • Chat Health – mental health advice for teens in Warwickshire. ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (aged 11-19) to contact their local public health nursing (school nursing) team. This service is provided by Compass wellbeing workers. You will get a reply within 24 hours between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). Text: 07507 331525.

Mental Health Matters LogoMental Health Matters Coventry & Warwickshire Helpline – This 24/7 free helpline is available to residents across Coventry & Warwickshire. If you are feeling low, stressed, anxious and need somebody to talk to, their helpline of trained staff are on the other end to help you. If you are feeling isolated, need advice on how to get support with your mental health, in extreme distress or you are struggling to cope, call the helpline on 0800 616 171

Panahghar Helpline

Panahghar 24hr Helpline–  Panahghar provides free dedicated BAME multi lingual support, advice and advocacy and access to safe refuge for victims and their families of domestic abuse, sexual abuse or gendered abuse in Coventry and Leicester. If English is not your first language, contact them on 0800 055 6519. Their helpline is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide support for victims of sexual, domestic and other gendered abuse by working to relieve physical and mental distress. They offer safe refuge, therapy, advice, outreach, training and much more. 

Cruse Bereavement HelplineCruse Bereavement Care – offer a national helpline teamed with dedicated bereavement specialists to listen in a safe, judgement free space. Cruse Bereavement have a Coventry & Warwickshire branch which offers group bereavement support sessions, phone support and individualised guidance from their trained volunteers. Contact them if you live in;

Coventry and North Warwickshire on 02476 670714 or for South Warwickshire & Rugby on 07730 216700

Wellbeing Services In Warwickshire 

If you are struggling with symptoms of depression or anxiety, please complete this Depression & Anxiety Self Assessment Quiz and give it to your GP or mental health practitioner. 

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

is a service provided by the NHS Partnership Trust and Coventry & Warwickshire Mind. These services are for people suffering mild, moderate and severe symptoms of depression or anxiety. If you are living in the Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire area and you are feeling anxious, low in mood, stressed or depressed, you can now make a self referral for IAPT services.

IAPT provides support for anyone over the age of 16 who is suffering from mild, moderate or severe symptoms and conditions of Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic attacks, Stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anger and Sleeplessness. 

Follow this link to complete the self – referral form or contact your GP who can refer you.

Coventry & Warwickshire MindCoventry and Warwickshire Mind

The extensive reach of services Mind have across Warwickshire is probably not discussed in as much detail as it ought to be. With your dedicated help, we were able to raise funds in our Summer Charity Raffle 2020 to help C&W Mind continue to deliver the following services across Warwickshire:

Wellbeing for Warwickshire (WbW) – to help you cope during this period, the WbW Hubs will be offering telephone support to anyone who feels they are in need of contact. To talk to a member of staff or book an appointment, call the Hubs Team on 024 7771 2288. Or you can email wbw@cwmind.org.uk for more information.

Community Support – Supporting individuals over the age of 16 in their own homes to maintain their tenancy, manage their mental health needs, develop their confidence and independence. 

Intensive Recovery Support – Supporting and guiding individuals through the difficult transition of or other care settings and reestablish their independence. Intensive Recovery Support offers individuals the chance to establish safety and security whilst they recover.

Warwickshire Safe Haven – providing support for people (16+) who are feeling distressed and overwhelmed in the evenings (6-11pm, every evening) Call: 024 7771 4554, Text: 07970 042270, Email: safehaven@cwmind.org.uk.

Wellbeing practitioners will be available for face-to-face appointments which can be booked using the telephone service, by phone, video link, text message or email.

Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, in partnership with the Tamarind Centre have been funded for the Young Black Men’s Mental Health Project, aiming to promote empowerment, build resilience and address issues that are affecting young black men and their families within our community. Helping Black Men between the ages of 11 and 30 through group based or one to one interventions.

The Recovery & Wellbeing Academy – Not a traditional academy or school but courses run in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. You can access workshops on a variety of topics to aid your own self help, developing your knowledge and understanding of topics such as managing anxiety, sleep problems, obsessions and anger management. The courses are open to anyone living in Coventry and Warwickshire over the age of 18. If you are looking to better understand and manage your wellbeing, we encourage you to check out some of the courses available

The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy have sites in the following locations;

Coventry, Atherstone, Bedworth, Coleshill, Nuneaton, Leamington Spa, Stratford-Upon Avon, Warwick and Rugby. 

Springfield Mind, Green Minds – providing sessions of gardening and growing produce at their allotments in Leamington and Stratford for individuals with mental health difficulties. Green Minds helps to promote the positive effects of the outdoors on our wellbeing, the chance to learn the benefits of growing your own food, meet others suffering with their mental health and build new friendships.

To book your place at one of the two allotments; tel 07584340379 or email katie.harwood@springfieldmind.org.uk

Springfield Mind Partnership with NHS GP Surgeries in Stratford Upon Avon.

Active Monitoring – Active Monitoring uses an inhouse Mind practitioner within your GP surgery as an early intervention program for patients presenting with symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, bereavement, low self esteem and panic attacks. This program is self directed and includes five face to face self help sessions with a Springfield Mind Practitioner to support you with your wellbeing. If you are interested in accessing Active Monitoring, please talk to your GP.

Coventry Wellbeing Hub – Available to anyone struggling who needs someone to talk to. Coventry’s Wellbeing Hub provides a safe space to come and explore how you are feeling. Offering signposting, advice, advocacy and a friendly ear, this space is open every day of the year from 1pm to 5pm. If you would like to contact the Coventry Wellbeing Hub, tel 02476224417 or email wbhub@cwmind.org.uk

Reach is a service for children and young people living in Coventry, aged 5-18, who are experiencing poor mental health, for example low self-esteem, anger or anxiety. Services include:

  • Counselling – Face to face or online
  • Therapeutic Group Work
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Online self-help tools and activities

If you are an education or health professional and you would like to make a referral for someone, please follow this link.

A similar service, Rise, is provided in collaboration with Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust. Rise aims to build resilience and empower children and young people (as well as the adults in their lives) to know where to go for help and advice. Services are available by referral from an education or health professional and include;

If you are a school or medical professional and you would like to make a referral for someone, please follow this link

For anyone under the age 18 who is experiencing a mental health crisis, contact the Rise Crisis team by freephone 08081 966798 (select option 2).

Other services available across Warwickshire include;

Making Space (Warwickshire Mental Health Co-Production Service) is hosting a number of Zoom (video call) sessions so that individuals can virtually come together, talk about their experiences and seek advice during the current crisis. The details for the sessions are as follows: 

  • Every Monday from 5pm onwards. 
  • Every Thursday from 11am onwards.
  • Every Saturday from 1pm onwards.

For details on how to join, please email elizabeth.pfute@makingspace.co.uk

Coventry Cyrenians provide individual support to help people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, in Coventry and Warwickshire. They support individuals to rebuild their lives and empower them to live as independently as possible. 

 Their services include the following;

Grapevine Coventry & Warwickshire helps people across our region suffering from disadvantage, isolation and poverty. Working alongside individuals with a disability to access work, develop connections, understand their rights and improve their overall confidence.

Their Accelerate Programme helps disabled people get work in Coventry or Warwickshire. And support is also given to them and their employer once they have secured a job.

Their Teenvine Plus development programme is for teens with autism or learning disabilities. They support individuals to make connections, develop friendships and skills they need in order to mature into independent young adults.

Parents in Mind Coventry & Warwickshire offers friendly and welcoming support in Coventry, Leamington, Stratford, Nuneaton and Rugby. If you are struggling with low mood, disinterest in your usual activities and are pregnant or have been within the last two years, Parents in Mind offer trained peer support and a safe space to come and meet others experiencing similar situations. If you are in need of a welcoming and friendly ear to talk things through or seek advice, Parents in Mind are running local group sessions across Warwickshire. 

You can refer yourself or someone else by contacting Sarah on 07885 975261 or via email on parentsinmind.wc@nct.org.uk

Change Grow Live – Coventry’s Drug and Alcohol Service – If you’ve got a problem with drugs or alcohol, Coventry’s Drug and Alcohol Service will be able to offer you tailored support and guidance towards recovery. They have group programmes, currently being held over video calls including, mixed peer support, parents, families and friends and women’s only groups. Open weekdays between 9am and 5pm, you can contact them on 02476 010241 or email coventryreferralsandenquiries@cgl.org.uk.

Compass Warwickshire CYPDAS – Compass are still able to facilitate face to face support with specialist practitioners and are still accepting new referrals to their service. Compass offers free and confidential support to anyone between the age of 5 and 25 within the  Warwickshire area struggling with their own or another person’s substance misuse. 

Get in touch with them via their online referral form or telephone 01788 578 227.

B-eat Helpline

Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust provide two facilities which specialise in meeting the needs of individuals with eating disorders.  The Coventry Eating Disorder Service provides outpatient services including assessent and treatment for individuals with a GP in Coventry.

The Aspen Centre, Warwick provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients over the age of sixteen suffering with an eating disorder. Speak to your GP to get a referral to The Aspen Centre where they also have a 15 bed facility for inpatient services providing care and treatment to individuals with severe anorexia nervosa and similar conditions.

For further information and support, you can check out B-eat. An eating disorders charity with a 365 day available helpline to support you when you need it. Contact them on :08456 341414 or at www.b-eat.co.uk  

Coventry Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) – CRASAC provide specialist and confidential services to anyone who may have experienced any form of sexual violence or abuse in their lives. They provide specialist support, counselling and psychotherapy services for adults, children and young people. They also provide support for children conceived of rape and offer a safe and supportive environment for anyone who may need to overcome the effects on their wellbeing and regain power and control of their own lives.

Contact their Helpline on 024 7627 7777 to find out how they can help.

The Survivor’s Handbook from the charity Women’s Aid is free and provides information on a wide range of issues such as housing, money, helping your children and your legal rights. The handbook is available as a downloadable PDF in 11 languages.

Men of any age can be victims of domestic violence or abuse, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Help and support is available at;

Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327

Mankind on 01823 334 244.

Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison (TIL) Service – TILS can provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your mental health, including social needs and a physical health check-up. Call the single point of entry on 0300 323 0137 (9am-9pm). Veterans and their families can also access a 24/7 emotional support line on 0300 323 0139

Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre (CRMC) welcomes and empowers asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Coventry to rebuild their lives and achieve their potential. Supporting over 4,000 people each year including victims of trafficking, modern slavery, unaccompanied children and those escaping conflict zones, they deliver a wide variety of support services from employment and immigration advice, English classes, therapy services and social groups.

To find out more about their services, visit the get help page.

The Pod, Coventry – The Pod works with adults living with severe and/or enduring mental health conditions (bipolar, psychosis, schizophrenia), achieving outcomes through one to one sessions with clear time bound goals and milestones. They work with individuals to help them develop resilience and work towards their recovery and regaining their independence. If you are interested in The Pod’s services, you can access a referral for The Pod through your Care Programme Approach Coordinator.

Arty Folks – We first came across the Arty Folks team when attending one of their Art for Wellbeing sessions in partnership with The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy. They offer art for mental health sessions to residents across Coventry & Warwickshire which give you the chance to relax, meet others and see how creative arts can support your mental health journey. We are super proud to have Arty Folks in Warwickshire, supporting those over the age of 18 to manage their mental health through Creative Arts on Referral. Get in touch with them today on 02476414740 or at info@arty-folks.org.uk

There are several apps and other resources that can provide support with your mental health and wellbeing, check out the following;

FutureLearn have a range of courses designed to support you in developing more awareness and knowledge on how best to manage your mental health. Check out their Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in The Workplace course, created by Coventry University.

Stay Alive – a free app for those at risk of suicide and those worried about someone. It is packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Find more apps on the NHS Library

Care Companion – a free 24/7 online tool full of information to support carers and their cared-for.

ThinkNinja – an app for children and young people to build resilience, manage their emotional health and to fulfil their potential. 

Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall) is available free for Warwickshire residents over 16. Togetherall is a safe, online anonymous community of people who help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. There are also structured self-help courses that you can enrol on to help you feel more in control of your mental health.

Reading Well (books on prescription) – Reading Well can help you manage your health and wellbeing by providing helpful self-help books, eBooks and CDs. You can download e-books and e-audio titles onto your device from Borrowbox. Find more information about Read Well resources.

 

We really hope some of these resources provide you with comfort and support whenever you feel you may need it. And if there is anything you feel is missing, please get in touch with us so we can keep our information up to date for all our residents in Warwickshire

From all of us at the Warwickshire Review, we wish you peace in your mental health journeys.

Written by Heather Marie Willis.