Everyone has mental health and as with physical health, it doesn’t stay the same. At any given time, around one in four people experience mental ill health.
If you need support with your mental health, as well as national mental health resources, people in Leeds can access a wide range of support including self-help resources, helplines and crisis services.
Support for adults
For details of all local and national services, please visit MindWell, the mental health website for people in Leeds: mindwell-leeds.org.uk/coronavirus
West Yorkshire mental health support line – 0800 183 0558.
The 24/7 service provides free, confidential support, advice, information and guidance for anyone registered with a Leeds GP who is concerned about their own or a family member’s mental health.
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service
The service is for anyone aged 17+ registered with a Leeds GP and provides support and psychological therapies for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. The service also provides online therapy courses and self-management tools which are available at any time day and night to help with a wide range of issues including stress and anxiety, mindfulness, depression and bereavement. If you prefer talking therapies you can also refer yourself through the website – leedsmentalwellbeingservice.co.uk
Every Mind Matters
The NHS Every Mind Matters website also includes a wide range of resources to help with anxiety, low mood and stress. Audio guides and reading lists to help with stress and anxiety are also available at nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression
Support for anyone concerned about alcohol or drug use is available from Forward Leeds
Northern Gambling Service
Anyone worried about gambling can find support from the NHS Northern Gambling Service, which provides specialist addiction therapy and recovery to people affected by gambling addiction, as well as those with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidal feelings. They also provide help to people close to those with gambling addiction, such as family, partners, and carers.
Leeds Recovery College
The college delivers a range of education and training courses that have been specifically designed to increase awareness and understanding of mental health, wellbeing and personal recovery. The courses and workshops are free to attend and are open to any adults who live, work or study in Leeds (this includes service users, carers, staff and volunteers). You do not need a referral to join a workshop. Visit Leedsrecoverycollege.com
Support for children and young people
Children and young people, parents, carers and professionals can visit the Mindmate website for information and support about their emotional health and wellbeing – www.mindmate.org.uk
- Connect – a survivor-led local helpline which offers emotional support and information to people in Leeds every night from 6pm-2am on 0808 800 1212. Connect also provides online support through instant chat for people – www.lslcs.org.uk. Connect specialises in working with people at risk of suicide and self-harm and those with complex mental health needs.
- Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (LYPFT) Single Point of Access (SPA) – if you, or someone you’re worried about, needs urgent care or treatment for a mental health crisis call the SPA on 0300 300 1485 (open 24/7, every day).
- A new dedicated team of peer support workers is now up and running in partnership with Touchstone. The team are part of the Crisis Resolution Intensive Support Service which provides intensive support as an alternative to hospital for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis
Anyone whose life is in immediate danger should call 999.