Self Help UK


Self Help UK’s Services Updates and Advice (COVID-19)

The health, safety and wellbeing of our service users, groups and volunteers is paramount, which is why we have temporarily changed the way we deliver services. 

In line with advice from the Government, Self Help UK is focused on supporting to the most vulnerable members of our community.

How are you coping with lockdown easing?

The coronavirus continues to pose challenges for our mental health. We'd love to hear how you're adapting and how stigma or misunderstanding might be affecting you.

You might like to blog or vlog about:

  • Anxiety around socialising with people again.
  • Using public transport while living with a mental health problem.
  • Challenging expectations around returning to work or school.

Click here to find out more

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Click here to join our COVID-19 Survivors Facebook Group!

Click here for our COVID-19 Survivors Group Webpage!

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Mental Health study looking for participants

The NEON study is looking for people to take part in online trials to examine whether reading, watching or listening to real-life mental health recovery stories can help to improve the quality of life of those of us with lived experience of mental health problems.

They are looking for people who have experience of psychosis, hearing voices or hallucinations or who have any experience of mental health problems.

NEON is also looking for people's recovery stories. Click here to find out more

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A BIG THANK YOU!

Watch this video - A BIG THANK YOU! on YouTube

Please see the video above of the Self Help UK Team giving A BIG THANK YOU! to all our volunteers, self-help groups and all those who are volunteering at this time. 

Videos

Our Covid Voices

Our Covid Voices. Tell Us About Your Experience During COVID-19

Ourcovidvoices are looking for stories from people with long-term conditions, disabilities and other care needs about what it's like living during the #COVID19 pandemic in the UK.

Life has changed for all of us. It's important that the voices of people most affected by changes are heard as decisions are being made about how health is delivered. You can make your voice heard at the website where you can write about your experience during #COVID19. It's easy to contribute and you can share anything you want to. For more information click the link below:
https://ourcovidvoices.co.uk/browse

On The Ball Support For Men

Notts County FC Football in the Community

Charitable organisation affliated with Notts County FC, 
find out more below:
https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/community
/our-programmes/supporting-you/

On The Ball Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups
/2605803269657425/?ref=share

Right Mind Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/206
334147377215/?ref=share

Time to Change Logo

Time to Change stand with Black Lives Matter

Events over the last few weeks may have impacted Champions and in particular Champions of Colour who might be struggling with their mental health, as a result. Click here for a list of support services and resources that you might find useful for yourself or your friends and family.

Research shows black, Asian and minority ethnic people often face layered stigma which can exacerbate any mental health problems that they experience and lead to delays in seeking help. Click here to read Time to Changes' statement on Black Lives Matter.

Active Notts

Self-isolating and Keeping Active

Looking for activities to do while staying at home? Want to

know what support there is locally to you? 

View our support hub which provides ideas, information and

inspiration on how to look after your physical and mental

well-being during this time.

Follow the link below to find out more:

https://www.activenotts.org.uk/api/email/view/MzkzOS82NjMwMzAx

Follow the links below for instructions on using WhatsApp and Zoom

Click here for instructions on how to use WhatsApp

Click here for instructions on how to use Zoom

Useful Links and Services

Click her for advice on Beating the Virus in Pictures

Click here for advice on the coronavirus which is easy to read

Click here for a list of Support Groups collated by Notts TV

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Mental Health Support 

Local people in mental health crisis who need immediate help can now receive support 24/7 by calling the new Nottinghamshire Foundation Trust Mental Health Helpline 0300 303 0165  The line is open to people of all ages who live in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

For more information, visit their website at: http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/help-in-a-crisis

Click here to download a list a services for adults in Nottinghamshire

Click here to download a list of services for children and young people in Nottinghamshire

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Insight Healthcare - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) - Referrals and up to date waiting times for therapy

Insight Healthcare want to ensure that during this time of uncertainty, your are still able to access talking therapies for support with any issues you are experiencing around their mental health. You can self -refer into the service, or you can refer a client. Ways to self-refer are as follows:

  1. Call 0300 555 5582 and leave a message stating they wish to make a referral – someone will call back within 30 minutes and book in for an assessment. If risk is disclosed, we can have a practitioner call back the same day to assess.
  2. Complete an online referral at www.insighthealthcare.org
  3. Send an email to the appropriate area: admin.notts@insighthealthcare.org – put the subject title as URGENT and it will be actioned immediately.

Health practitioners can also refer directly into the service by downloading and completing the referral form, which can is available for download here and forwarding it to insight.notts@nhs.net

To enable you to meet expectations and ensure that clients are informed at the point of referral, I have included details of our current waiting times; these can be found below. I will be sending regular updates of our waiting times to keep you informed.

Greater Notts

CBT – 2 Weeks

Counselling - 7 Weeks

Mid Notts:

CBT - 3 Weeks

Counselling - 5 Weeks

Derbyshire:

CBT - 4 weeks

Counselling - 4 weeks

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Managing Anxiety

The current situation with the coronavirus / COVID-19 has created many changes to our day- to- day lives which can lead us to feel unsettled.

Of course we wan't to remain informed of the latest developments in the news and other media, but we also need to be mindful to take a break and switch off from time to time.

Follow the link below for a useful article from the BBC on how to protect your mental health during the coronavirus:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

Many self help groups continue to operate remotely during this time. If you would like to join a self help group please see our Directory list of groups: https://www.selfhelp.org.uk/directory Alternatively contact Self Help UK's Outreach and Development Team for information on our group listings and staying connected.

Martha Highton- 07903 850 987 martha.highton@selfhelp.org.uk
Linda Stone- 07854 517 638 linda.stone@selfhelp.org.uk

For further resources on dealing with your anxiety follow the link below to the Anxiety UK website.

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/

Other Useful Resources

Guidance from Nottingham County Council on identifying and avoiding scams.

https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/coronavirus/covid-19-and-scams

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Advice from MIND on all aspects of living with and working through the Coronavirus Pandemic.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/?utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=#collapse18e7f

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Follow this link below to the BBC website for a clear explanation how to make a video call on WhatsApp: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51968122 

WhataApp video calling is a good way to keep in touch with family, friends, colleagues and group members.

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In response to the current situation with Covid-19, Nottinghamshire County Council have created a number 0300 500 8080 for vulnerable people who may need support (e.g. food parcels). This number acts as a single point of contact so that responses can be coordinated. Please share this number with those that are vulnerable and may require support.

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For the latest advice and guidance regarding the Coronavirus outbreak please see https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response and for NHS guidance please see https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

COVID-19: Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance 

COVID-19: Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

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Useful information:

British Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/uk-emergency-response/coronavirus

Foodbanks – Please see attached document for foodbank locations – Hope Nottingham on 0303 040 1110. Two foodbanks are closed, Bilborough and Chilwell. The rest remain open as of 19th March. Go to the website hope-nottingham.org.uk or trusselltrust.org for more comprehensive information.

Click Here for a list of foodbanks operating in Nottingham

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Mind, excellent guidelines on managing your mental health at this challenging time https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

The Connect service can help by finding information about local services, activities and opportunities. If needed, Connect staff can work with individuals around money issues, housing problems, health management and other things. This short-term support will be tailored to individuals and will focus on achieving what they want in a way that suits them.

To get advice and support from Age UK Connect:
Ashfield, Mansfield and Newark & Sherwood: 01623 488217

Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe: 0115 939 5406

Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/notts/our-services/health-and-wellbeing/connect/

Metropolitan Website: www.metropolitan.org.uk/support-services/connect

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Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis Service

Please click here for more information!

Would you like to volunteer with Self Help UK's Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis Service?

During the current public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, it is more vital than ever that individuals living with cancer are supported to stay in touch with the wider community.

The Beyond Diagnosis Volunteers continue to offer emotional support to clients by telephone – this being a time when clients are feeling especially vulnerable and isolated.

The Beyond Diagnosis Team will support you to be confident in your new role, to understand how you are making a difference to people living with cancer and to feel happy to be volunteering with us.

Click here to volunteer with us!

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Disability Support

Are offering help to people who are self-isolating or offer a route for volunteers to help people who are self-isolating:

  • Are you self-isolating and need help?  Call 0115 9785095.
  • Want to help people who are self-isolating?  Then register as a volunteer with Disability Support, call 0115 9785095.

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Harmless Support 

As part of the Government’s  response to the current crisis, the charity Harmless have been commissioned to provide additional services to:

  • People at risk of self harm
  • People at risk of suicide and
  • People experiencing bereavement

Please see the link to Harmless through the SHUK website:

https://www.selfhelp.org.uk/directory/entry/harmless

The Tomorrow Project is specifically for supporting people who are suicidal:

“If you or anyone you know needs any support with suicidal thoughts, drop us an email at  crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk

 or leave us a voice message on 0115 880 0282 and the team will aim to get back to you within 1 working day”

General contact details for the organisation can be found at:

http://www.harmless.org.uk/contact

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