There are times when we desperately need a helping hand or are concerned for a loved one or friend
mental health crisis
If you need help in a mental health crisis: DIAL 999
Barnet Crisis and Resolution Team T:0208 702 4040 An urgent outreach service and assessment 24 hours a day
Visit A & E
NHS Direct T: 111
mental health issues
Visit the GP The GP can refer people to a link worker who will assess your needs, by phone or in person and give you information and advice on what is available. They are able to make referrals to the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)
Samaritans confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. T: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) W: www.samaritans.org.uk
Rethink Mental Illness Support and advice for people living with mental illness. T: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm) W: www.rethink.org
YoungMinds Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. T: 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm) W: www.youngminds.org.uk
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence) NSPCC Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty. T: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline) T:0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline) W: www.nspcc.org.uk
Mencap Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers. T: 0808 808 1111 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) W: www.mencap.org.uk
Parenting Family Lives Advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying. T: 0808 800 2222 (Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm. Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm) W: www.familylives.org.uk
Relationships Relate T: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services) W: www.relate.org.uk
At Heart Reach we know what it is like to need support and help... so this list includes places that we have discovered at our most difficult times They all come highly recommended Hope they help you x
DIAL This is a brilliant website for help with filling in Benefits Forms and giving you information about what the assessors are looking for in your written statements. Highly recommend you read this. Disability Information and Advice Line (DIAL) services are run for and by disabled people. Every year, DIALs support around half a million disabled people. DIAL information and advice services are based throughout England and Wales. They provide information and advice to disabled people and others on all aspects of living with disability, such as welfare benefits, community care, equipment, independent living, mobility and transport, discrimination, holidays, and much more.
An independent service delivered by experienced counsellors, chosen for their skills within their specialist area. They offer general counselling as well as offering specialist help for children, young people, domestic abuse and pregnancy issues.
Centre: 40a Station Road, New Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 1QH
This centre is run by Asian woman but is open to everyone. It offers counselling at low cost to individuals in need but also to adolescents and couples. They aim to help people make positive changes to their lives. They also offer benefit advice. Comes highly recommended by our Members
For those in a suicidal crisis, Maytree offers short-term accommodation with befriending in a confidential, supportive and non-medical environment.
At Maytree, we provide people in the midst of a suicidal crisis with the opportunity for rest and reflection, and give them the opportunity to stay in a calm, safe and relaxed environment. We can support four "guests" at a time. The service runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our warm and friendly volunteers and staff team spend up to 77 hours with each guest over their stay, giving them the opportunity to talk through their fears, thoughts and troubles. On leaving, each guest receives a goodbye letter. This is a personal record written by a member of Maytree's staff team which reflects their stay, validates their struggles and honours their achievements. www.maytree.org.uk
The Caravan Drop in Counselling Service St James Church, Piccadilly, London
The Caravan Drop In’ has been going for an incredible 30 years and is run by the CCPE (Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education) in partnership with St. James’s Church, which has provided a home for the Caravan since 1982. www.thecaravan.org.uk Open seven days a week, we offer a free service to users – but donations are kindly accepted. Go to ‘Our Service’ above for details.
Lothlorien Therapeutic Community Scotland
Lothlorien is a therapeutic community for people with mental health problems, situated in a quiet rural setting in South West Scotland.
Lothlorien was originally started in 1974 by the Haughton family, who built the 13 bedroomed log house, one of the largest in its kind in Britain, from locally hewn larch and pine trees. It has been run since 1989 by the Rokpa Trust, an international charity founded by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche of Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Dumfriesshire. Buddhist values of compassion and tolerance are the basis of our approach, but we are not a religious community and are open to everyone.