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Help for those with suicidal thoughts NS MOM
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This website provides information for people who use its services, carers and healthcare professionals. It includes questions and answers about a large number of medicines and mental health conditions, printable leaflets and latest news.
Help people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives. Provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.
Carer Support -Support for young and adult carers and former carers (who are at high risk of a range of mental health issues, including depression).
Mind - Provide advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Local Minds support people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.
Samaritans - Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
1 in 4 - Their role isn’t to “treat mental illness”. It’s to enable mental wellbeing, to empower people with mental health issues to tackle the challenges they face and move forward with their lives.
Wellspring counselling - Wellspring has a team of dedicated counsellors who come alongside those facing loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, stress and anxiety, depression and issues resulting from physical, sexual or emotional abuse as well as other distressing situations.
Second Step - A leading mental health charity based in the west of England, with offices in Bristol, Bath and Weston-Super-Mare. They offer housing, support and hope to people with many kinds of mental health problems. They also help people to manage low mood, anxiety and depression by providing psychological therapies and specialist courses in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and through PositiveStep in North Somerset.
Weston DIAL - Offers free, impartial and confidential information and support. Their mission is to combat the poverty and social exclusion faced by disabled people and to promote their full participation in society by facilitating the provision of high quality disability information and advice in our community.
saha - The Salvation Army Housing Association, a charity which, based on Christian principles, specialises in providing accommodation and support for vulnerable people.
Richmond Fellowship - Provide a range of mental health support services: Residential recovery, Supported living, Wellbeing and Self-directed support.
Personal Recovery Service - Offers a wide range of therapies to help with a diverse range of presenting problems. PRS is specialist in the treatment and recovery of sexual abuse. However, not all their work is about abuse, much of the work they do is about people trying to cope with Divorce, Bereavement, or just everyday Stress.
Western Counselling - Residential Rehab Treatment For Addictions. Offers a structured, abstinence-based,12 step residential treatment programme that includes detoxification and aftercare, to give clients the best possible chance of achieving and sustaining long-term recovery from addiction.
Nailsea Disability Initiative - Provides free information and advice to the public, relating to disability. Their work involves not only assisting members of the public who call at their drop in centre, but they also keep up with current issues of importance to disabled and elderly people.
Wanted Not Wasted (Reframe Counselling service) - Free counselling to children and young adults aged 5-25yrs old who live in the South of Weston Super Mare (Bournville, Oldmixon, Coronation, Severn Road area, Potteries, Town Centre etc).
Vine Counselling offer separately both Counselling and Pastoral Services to adults in North Somerset and operate on a donation per session basis rather than a fixed fee.
The Primary Care Liaison Service (PCLS) are the first point of contact for mental health assessment and access to secondary specialist mental health services. The team see anyone over the age of 18.
To refer to or contact the team call 01934 836406 Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm. (Outside of these hours calls will be redirected to the AWP Trust switchboard that will access the 24 hour Intensive Support Services for urgent and emergency requests.
Times for assessment are;
Emergency referrals will be directed to the North Somerset Intensive Service and be seen within 4 hours,
Urgent within 72 hours. Must be done by phone to the number above. Letter or fax not acceptable for urgent referrals
Routine within 28 days.
This referral form is available as an EMIS template
A person may also be at risk of attempting suicide if they:
complain of feelings of hopelessness
have episodes of sudden rage and anger
act recklessly and engage in risky activities with an apparent lack of concern about the consequences
talk about feeling trapped, such as saying they can't see any way out of their current situation
self harm - including misusing drugs or alcohol, or using more than they usually do
noticeably gain or lose weight due to a change in their appetite
become increasingly withdrawn from friends, family and society in general
appear anxious and agitated
are unable to sleep or they sleep all the time
have sudden mood swings – a sudden lift in mood after a period of depression could indicate they have made the decision to attempt suicide
talk and act in a way that suggests their life has no sense of purpose
lose interest in most things, including their appearance
put their affairs in order, such as sorting out possessions or making a will
Talking therapies and course are available from Positive Steps.
THECAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. In 2014, male suicide accounts for 76% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men under 45 in the UK.
Our helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. We're open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year.
We offer an accredited confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through our helpline. Calls are taken by trained staff who are there to listen, support, inform and signpost. Because calls are confidential and anonymous we don’t and can’t offer a counselling service.
Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58
Calls are anonymous & confidential and won’t show up on your phone bill.
Calls are free from landlines, payphones and all mobiles