It is important to look after your emotional health and not take it for granted. Our wellbeing can be affected by a range of life events, and we can all go through periods when we feel unable to cope. 1 in 4 of us will experience some form of mental health problem, particularly anxiety or depression at some point in any one year.
Mental health is not a fixed state and at certain times in our lives events may make it more difficult for us to cope so we may need extra support, for example, after bereavement, divorce, redundancy or having a child.
What services are there?
The Leeds Primary Care Mental Health IAPT Partnership provides short-term psychological therapy for people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, stress and anxiety. The service is available to people who are aged 17 and above and registered with a Leeds GP.
Stress, anxiety, depression and emotional problems affect people in different ways. We can help you to develop methods of coping so you’re more in control and offer ways to overcome stress, anxiety and low mood.
Leeds IAPT provides a range of talking therapies including stress and mood management courses and seminars, guided self-help, cognitive behavioural therapy and other evidence based therapies.
What to expect when you call
- Ensure you have 45 minutes to speak to our team. Ideally you should be in a place where you are free to speak about confidential matters (if you are concerned about the cost of the call just ask us to call you back) alternatively go to leedsiapt to complete an online assessment.
- Once the assessment has been completed our team will then discuss treatment options with you, this could be attending one of our classes/seminars, a webinar, online therapy, face to face therapy or guided self-help.
Call 0113 843 4388. Our teams are on hand to answer your call between 8am and 6pm Monday and Thursday and 8am – 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Find out more about what can cause stress, why you should reduce your stress levels and how on the national One You website
Other Mental Health Services
Contact details and descriptions of a range of other local mental health services can be found at mindwell-leeds.org.uk/
If you feel that you are in a crisis and need immediate help – go to your GP. Your GP can then assess your needs, and if appropriate refer you to the NHS Crisis and Home Treatment Team. If you need support outside of surgery hours you can access Local Care Direct by contacting your GP by telephone. Alternatively you can access NHS Direct on 0845 4647.
To find out more about other services available check out our Mental Health Online Page
There are also a range of independent agencies that provide counselling in the city, some of which will charge for their services. Details about the different volountary sector conselling services in Leeds can be found by here
You can find information about over 1500 businesses and organisations that can support you to live independently on the Leeds Directory
Or check out Leeds Mind, a handy website that aims to provide a housing support service for people with mental health problems who live in Leeds. The 1:1 support covers a range of areas aimed at supporting people to live independently. This is delivered within there shared housing or to people in their own homes.
Leeds Mind also supports people with mental health experiences to enter and sustain employment, work placements, voluntary work, higher education and training. They also help people with a mental health problem who are in work to keep their jobs by providing training, group work, and 1:1 support.
What can I do to help myself?
Common mental health problems, such as stress, depression and anxiety, can affect any one of us. There are many things that you can do to help yourself feel better. The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust have produced a number of excellent self-help booklets covering topics such as depression, panic, sleep, anxiety and much more. These can be found at: ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp
You can also use an online programme ‘Living Life to The Full’ that provides short self-help videos which can help you work through problems at your own pace - just follow the link www.llttf.com.
With family and friends and people around you, build your connections and interact with your local community
Exercise makes you feel good, do something you enjoy
Be aware of the world around you, and what you are feeling
Try something new, learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a stranger. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.