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Supporting your Mental Health and Wellbeing

We understand that you can face challenges in life which can have a big impact on how you feel and your mental health and wellbeing. We have put together a series of resources, both online, suggestions of books and local services that are available for you to access at a time when you may not be feeling yourself.

Please, if you are struggling with your mental health, feeling low or anxious or feeling like you might hurt yourself or end your life, please do reach out to the surgery or to some of helplines below.

At times of Crisis

Crisis: this is our local mental health support, run by NHS Mental Health Services.

Call 0800 0516 171, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Samaritans: national charity for those who are struggling to cope, need someone to listen, if you are in crisis or at any time you need support.

Call 116 123, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CALM: free helpline and webchat for anyone who needs to talk about problems and support for those bereaved by suicide.

Call 0800 58 58 58 or via webchat from 5pm to midnight every day.

Papyrusfor children and young people under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or for anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.

Call 0800 068 4141 or Text 07860039967

Childline: for children and young people under 19, where you can talk about any problems

Call 0800 1111

The Silver Linehelpline for older people, who may be lonely, isolated or confused or those struggling or suffering harm or neglect.

Call 0800 4 70 80 90

Local Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Compass Phoenix:

Service for 9-19 year olds to support young people with regards to their emotional wellbeing and mental health.


Free service aiming to provide a range of therapies for people over the age of 17 for a wide range of mental health difficulties. They offer talking therapies, computerised therapy, psycho-educational courses and guided self-help. You are able to self-refer through their website.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind:

York and District Mind:

Aims to ‘promote recovery from mental ill-health, emotional wellbeing and independent living.’ They offer a wide range of services, activities and support.

Scarborough Survivors:

Registered charity which supports those struggling with their mental health. Offers a wide range of groups and activities, alongside telephone support and advice.

North Yorkshire Community Learning Partnership:

Online course covering a variety of aspects of mental health, whether you are struggling yourself, or learning to help you support a friend or colleague.

The Go-To:

Hub for mental health and wellbeing for young people in North Yorkshire. They have social media pages and sections for different mental health and wellbeing struggles.


This is the largest charity in Yorkshire, providing comprehensive support for people who have been affected by domestic violence. They have a free 24 hour helpline, alongside Live Chat function.

National Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Online Recovery College:

Provides a range of online educational courses and resources to people needing support with their mental health, or from their friends and family.


UK’s largest provider of relationship support for people of all ages and backgrounds. Providers counselling meditation, children and young people’s counselling and workshops.

Every Mind Matters:

NHS based website providing a wide range of resources on wellbeing, different areas of mental ill-health and information about how to support others who are struggling.

Foundation for Positive Mental Health:

Charity dedicated to promoting learning of skills for positive mental health and wellbeing. They have a wide range of resources available.


Support that has to be paid for, however, provides lots of information on meditation, sleep, stress and mindfulness.

National Support for Young People


Provides online, phone and web chat support for bullying, drugs, alcohol, your body, families and relationships, sex, school, college and work.

The Mix:

Support for the under 25s on a whole range of issues including mental health, substances, your body, sex and relationships, crime, travel and lifestyle. They have phoneline, webchat and crisis messenger services available.


Young Minds:

Provides a wide range of support and resources to young people struggling with their mental health


This is an online mental wellbeing community, aimed at younger people which can offer a wide range of support, with access to online magazines, discussion boards, daily journal and chat facility with one of their team.

National Support for Older People

Age UK:

Age-specific support for the older person, with telephone support lines and resources to provide further information.

The Samaritans:

National charity which provides support for all ages, for anyone struggling with their mental or emotional wellbeing.

The Silver Line:

Free, confidential 24-hour helpline for the older person.


There is a scheme called Reading Well Books on Prescription, which are available through your local library.

Here is some more information:

There is a series of books called ‘Overcoming’ which include:

  • Overcoming Anger and Irritability
  • Overcoming Anxiety
  • Overcoming Binge Eating
  • Overcoming Depression
  • Overcoming Health Anxiety
  • Overcoming Low Self-esteem
  • Overcoming Mood Swings
  • Overcoming Social Anxiety
  • Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Other books that some people find helpful are:

  • An Introduction to Coping with Anxiety by Hogan and Brosan
  • Grief Works by Samuel
  • The Essential Guide to Life after Bereavement
  • Mind Over Mood
  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to finding Peace in a Frantic World
  • Break Free from OCD
  • Living Life to the Full

Other aspects of wellbeing

Living well: for those in North Yorkshire. Aims to reduce loneliness and isolation and support independence. You can self-refer to this service.

Cruse Bereavement Care: provides support after the death of someone close to you. There are telephone helpline and chat services available.

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