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Mersey Care 24hr Mental Health Crisis Line

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust have a 24hr mental health crisis line for St Helens, Knowsley, Warrington and Halton: FREEPHONE 0800 051 1508

OK TO ASK

The OK TO ASK campaign is a local initiative which encourages everyone in St Helens to NOT be afraid to talk about suicide prevention - in order to help save the lives of those who might be.

By spotting and recognising the signals, breaking down stigma and silence and learning what to do when you think someone you know wants to end their own life, we can all help prevent suicide.

Visit the OK TO ASK campaign website for more information and for details of support services.

St Helens Wellbeing Service

St Helens Wellbeing Service provide a number of initiatives to support wellbeing:

  • Online training: one-hour sessions via Microsoft Teams on topics such as 5 Ways to Wellbeing, stress and anxiety, and basic suicide awareness. 
  • Men's Wellbeing Project: FREE activities for men to help boost wellbeing.
  • Happy to Chat benches: located at various sites across St Helens, the Happy to Chat benches provide a place for people to stop and chat with others.

Think Wellbeing

Think Wellbeing offers free NHS therapy for people registered with a St Helens GP with common mental health problems such as anxiety, stress or depression. Visit the Mersey Care website for more information.

Parents in Mind

If you are feeling low, anxious, disinterested in your usual activities and are pregnant or within two years of giving birth, then the Parents in Mind's friendly, welcoming support may be for you. They provide support groups where you can meet others going through similar experiences, seek information, talk things through, or simply relax. Visit the Parents in Mind website for more information.

ChatHealth

ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service for young people aged 11-19 in St Helens. Led by the School Nursing Service (part of the 0-19+ Service in St Helens), young people aged 11-19 can access confidential advice and support from school nurses via text on a range of health and wellbeing issues.

ChatHealth is available between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday (including school holidays and excluding bank holidays) and is accessed by texting 07312263250. Visit the 0-19+ Service website for more information.

Think Fast Academy

The Martin Murray Think Fast Academy offers high-quality social support and development to the most hard-to-reach young people, realised through the discipline and ethos of boxing. Visit the Think Fast Academy website for more information.

MENtal Strength

A pocket guide has been developed in partnership with the Think Fast Academy to support men with their mental health. View the MENtal Strength guide.

HIMvisible

HIMvisible is a St Helens-based mental health awareness group, making the invisible struggles of men in this world visible. Visit the HIMvisible website for more information.

NoDuff

NoDuff provide mental health support for serving and former service personnel. Visit the NoDuff website for more information.

Standing Tall Foundation

The Standing Tall Foundation is a charity based in St Helens, founded in 2020 by Andy Reid MBE and John F Tabern MSc. They promote the mental health and physical wellbeing of all community groups, by providing free professional support and services. Visit the Standing Tall Foundation website for more information.

Arts on Prescription

Creative Alternatives is an award-winning arts on prescription service that offers residents of St Helens the opportunity to access a FREE programme that is centred around creative activities, wellbeing and self-care. Visit the Creative Alternatives website for more information.

Reading Well

The Reading Well scheme helps people manage their own health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books. Visit the Reading Well page for more information.

National support

Samaritans

Samaritans provide a free-to-call service which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call Samaritans on 116 123

StayAlive app

The StayAlive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis.

Calm Harm app

Calm Harm is a free app that helps you manage or resist the urge to self-harm. Visit the Calm Harm website for more information.

HOPELINEUK

HOPELINEUK is for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or for anyone who is concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. Call HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141

Text REACH to 85258

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. They support people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need immediate support. Accessible to all ages - text REACH to 85258

Kooth

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people aged 11-25 years, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. The service is anonymous and free at the point of use. Visit the Kooth website for more information.

Qwell

Qwell is an online emotional wellbeing and mental health support service for adults. It is a confidential service where adults can anonymously access therapy and self-help content, with links to other appropriate services. Visit the Qwell website for more information.

Hub of Hope

The Hub of Hope is a UK mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place. Visit the Hub of Hope website for more information.

Every Mind Matters

Feeling stressed, anxious, low or struggling to sleep? Every Mind Matters can help with expert advice, practical tips and personalised actions to help stay on top of your mental wellbeing.

Every Mind Matters also provides a free mind plan; by answering a few questions you can get your own personalised mental health action plan with tips and advice to help you be kind to your mind.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) are taking a stand against suicide by provoking conversation, running life-saving services, and bringing people together so they reject living miserably, get help when they need it and don't die by suicide. Visit the CALM website for more information.

Support for veterans, service leavers and reservists

The NHS website provides information about mental health support for veterans, service leavers, reservists, families and carers.

Support with mental health during the cost of living crisis

Mind - Money and Mental Health

Mind provide practical tips on managing your money and improving your mental health. Visit the Mind website for more information.

Mental Health and Money Advice

A website created by Mental Health UK, to help you understand, manage and improve your mental health and money issues.

Help for Households

The government is offering help for households. See what cost of living support you could be eligible for.