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Drug and alcohol

People use alcohol and drugs for a variety of reasons. Alcohol and drugs can affect our mental health whether we are addicted or not. For further information visit:

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Money worries

Money and mental health are often linked. Having poor mental health can make managing money more difficult and problems with debt and money can impact your mental health.  To find out more visit: 

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Ex armed forces

Adjusting to life outside the forces can be difficult and can impact your mental health. Your mental health might be affected for a variety of reason. There is a range of support available. To Find out more visit: 

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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or family members and it can happen to anyone. It can have a significant effect on your mental health and wellbeing. To find out more visit: 

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  • You don't have to wait for an emergency situation to seek help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone and remember you're not alone. Talk to your GP, Health Visitor or Midwife
  • GP- For tips on visiting your doctor How to talk to your GP about mental health

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of fear or panic. Most people worry about something - money or a job interview - but once the difficult situation is over, you feel better and calm down. If the problem has gone but the feeling of fear or panic stays or even gets stronger, that’s when anxiety becomes a problem. To find out more visit: 

Mind Anxiety and Panic attacks

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Depression

Depression is a mood disorder where you feel very down all the time. It affects people in different ways and causes a wide range of symptoms. Depression can happen as a reaction to something like abuse, losing your job or family breakdown, but it can also run in families. To find out more visit:

Helplines and online support

  • Emotional support 24 hours a day 365 days a year Samaritans 116123
  • CALM provide support for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall Helpline and Webchat

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Stress

Stress is the body’s response to overwhelming life pressures, once these life pressures reduce so do the feelings of stress. A small amount of stress is good for us but too much can damage our health. To find out more visit:

Mind Stress

Helplines and online support

  • Emotional support 24 hours a day 365 days a year Samaritans 116123
  • CALM provide support for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall Helpline and Webchat

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LGBT+

Being LGBT+ does not automatically mean you will have mental health issues however LGBT+ people can be at higher risk of experiencing  mental health problems than the wider population and the reasons for this are often complex. To find out more visit:

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Self Harm

Self Harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories, or overwhelming situations and experiences. To find out more visit:

Mind Self Harm

You may need to call 999 for an ambulance if:

  • you or somebody else have taken an overdose of drugs, alcohol or prescription medication
  • somebody is unconscious
  • you or somebody else are in a lot of pain
  • you or somebody else are having difficulty breathing
  • you or somebody else are losing a lot of blood from a cut or wound
  • you or somebody else are in shock after a serious cut or burn

If your injury isn't serious, you could be treated at a minor injuries unit. These healthcare services are run by doctors or nurses to assess and treat minor injuries, such as minor burns and scalds, infected wounds and broken bones.

NHS walk-in centres, where a nurse can treat you without appointment, are also available for minor cuts and bruises.

Find your local A&E department, minor injuries unit or walk-in centre

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Rape and Sexual Assault

Being raped or sexually assaulted can leave you with lots of feelings but there is help available. To find out more visit:

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Homelessness

People become homeless for lots of different reasons from social causes to life events. To Find out more visit:

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Call Halton’s contact centre on 0303 333 4300  to speak with Halton’s Housing Solutions Team or drop into one of the Council’s one-stop-shops, or Halton Direct Links out-of-hours number is also available for emergency housing issues (i.e. if you are homeless immediately) – 0333 000 4300. For further information visit Halton Borough Council Housing Solutions team

Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC - Temporary emergency accommodation and mental health support providing crucial, safe and secure accommodation for 16 plus

Caring for somebody else

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. To Find out more visit:

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  • Think Wellbeing- FREE NHS Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. This can be really helpful for people suffering with symptoms of depression or anxiety, or people experiencing negative or difficult thoughts, or difficulties with controlling emotions. For details of service available in Halton visit Think Wellbeing Halton
  • For an overview of CBT and how it works visit: NHS Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Halton Mind Counselling services
  • Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC - Comprehensive mental health support service with highly experienced counsellors with variety of specialisms inclusive of SEN for ages 6 plus
  • Haltons Womens Centre Counselling, emotional and practical support to improve mental and physical wellbeing
  • Haltons Carers Centre provides free confidential support for unpaid carers aswell as a support group for those caring for someone with a mental health condition. For further information call Runcorn Carers centre on 01928 580182 or Widnes Carers centre on 01928 592405

Cancer and Mental Health

If you or someone you care about is affected by cancer there is emotional support available. To find out more visit:

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Bereavement and Mental health

If someone important to you has just died or you have just found out they are very seriously ill, help and support is available. To find out more visit:

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  1. Reading well for mental health Books available from Halton Libraries
  2. Child Bereavement UK provides support for anyone who has lost a child, and for children themselves who are bereaved.
  3. Halton Mind Counselling services
  4. Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC - Comprehensive mental health support service with highly experienced counsellors with variety of specialisms inclusive of SEN for ages 6 plus
  5. Haltons Womens Centre Counselling, emotional and practical support to improve mental and physical wellbeing
  6. Warrington and Halton Hospital Bereavement Support  Provides Practical Advice and Support to relatives of patients who have passed away at the hospital
  7. Whiston and St Helens Hospital Bereavement Support and Advice Services Provides Practical Advice and Support to relatives of patients who have passed away at the hospital
  8. The Alder Centre Bereavement Care Services The Bereavement Care Service team provides an immediate response for families, parents and siblings who may be affected by the death of a child at Alder Hey
  9. Amparo Provides emotional and practical support to those bereaved by suicide.
  10. If you have lost a loved one to cancer please visit the Cancer and Mental Health section for details of support available
  11. Bereavement Advice Understanding your grief and feelings

Eating Disorders

Everyone eats differently but if you take eating to extreme you could have an eating problem. To find out more visit:

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Maternal mental health

Pregnancy, birth and caring for a new baby can be a challenging and confusing time for many parents. Sometimes there can be things that get in the way of you enjoying your relationship with your baby, such as

  • Feeling down or anxious
  • Worrying about your baby
  • Having a difficult birth
  • Worrying about your ability to cope as a parent
  • Difficult event from the past that impact on you now
  • Feeling isolated an alone

Having a baby is a big life event, and it's natural to experience a range of emotions. But if they start to have a big impact on how you live your life, you might be experiencing a mental health problem. To find out more visit:

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Anger and mental Health

Anger is a normal healthy emotion. Learning healthy ways to recognise and deal with anger is essential to good mental health. To find out more visit:

Helplines and online support

  • Emotional support 24 hours a day 365 days a year Samaritans 116123
  • CALM provide support for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall Helpline and Webchat

Need to speak to someone in person?

Support if you live in Halton

Sleep and Mental health

There's a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health. To find out more visit:

Mind- how to cope with sleep problems

Helplines and online support

  • Emotional support 24 hours a day 365 days a year Samaritans 116123
  • CALM provide support for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall Helpline and Webchat

Need to speak to someone in person?

Support if you live in Halton

Gambling and Mental health

People gamble for a variety of reasons. Gambling can affect our mental health whether we are addicted or not. For further information visit:

Helplines and online support

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Relationships and mental health

Problems with relationships can have a negative impact on your mental health and those around you but there is support available. To Find out more visit:

Helplines and online support

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Types of mental health problems

If you have been diagnosed with a mental health problem you might be looking for more information either for yourself or for those who are supporting you. To find out more visit:

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Overcoming child hood abuse

There are 8.5 million adult survivors of childhood abuse in the UK according to the Office of National Statistics in 2020. Abuse experienced in childhood, whether physical, sexual, emotional or neglect can continue to impact you as an adult. For further information visit:

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood NAPAC

NSPCC - Non recent abuse

Helplines and online support

  • If you want to talk about what you experienced in childhood and how it is affecting you NAPAC- Support line and email service
  • Provides Web based support, friendship and guidance  for adults who have been affected by childhood abuse HAVOCA
  • Moderated online forum for child abuse survivors learning to thrive i Survive Forum
  • Moderated online forum for child abuse survivors Pandoras Project forum
  • Emotional support 24 hours a day 365 days a year Samaritans116123
  • CALM provide support for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall Helpline and Webchat

Need to speak to someone in person?

Support if you live in Halton

  • Think Wellbeing- FREE NHS Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. This can be really helpful for people suffering with symptoms of depression or anxiety, or people experiencing negative or difficult thoughts, or difficulties with controlling emotions. For details of service available in Halton visit Think Wellbeing Halton
  • For an overview of CBT and how it works visit: NHS Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Halton Mind Counselling services
  • Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC - Comprehensive mental health support service with highly experienced counsellors with variety of specialisms inclusive of SEN for ages 6 plus

Haltons Womens Centre Counselling, emotional and practical support to improve mental and physical wellbeing

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