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Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health problems are very common with one in three people likely to experience some form of mental health issue during their lifetime.

Your first port of call should always be either Wellbeing Suffolk or your GP practice. Both have a wealth of experience with mental health problems ranging from minor anxiety, through depression to severe and enduring mental health problems. You will not be judged so do not hesitate to make contact with them.  

If you prefer, there are online resources available, which you can take a look at on your phone or in the comfort of your own home. Living Life to the Full for Suffolk is an effective self-help for anxiety and depression.

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Local and National Support for Mental Health Problems

NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service

On 1 April 2018, NHS England launched the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (VMH CTS), which locally is being delivered St Andrew’s Healthcare (covering the East Midlands and East of England) click here for details

Highly trained and experienced workers, who are themselves ex-forces, have a particular understanding of the needs and issues faced by veterans, current serving personnel and their families.

Find out more on the Outside the wire website here:

Wellbeing Suffolk
- the 'Wellbeing Suffolk' website contains self help information and resources to help you gain a better understanding and start your journey to improved wellbeing - visit: www.wellbeingsuffolk.co.uk

12th Man Peer Support Project in Suffolk 
This project provides training and encouragement to help men talk more openly about mental health, and to support friends, family and colleagues. More information...

Alzheimer's Society - Services in East Suffolk
- provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines
- Helpline: 0300 222 11 22

Counselling Directory
Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in need to seek help and to connect individuals with qualified counsellors in the UK. The website contains information on the common reasons people turn to counselling, self-care techniques, as well as articles, news, and events.

Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes is a national military charity formed to support injured solders initially in the Military Ward at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. From that project a network of rehab centres across the UK including one in Colchester.  They provide Sports Recovery, Psychological Support, Health and Wellbeing, Career Recovery and Welfare support to individuals and their families. Chavasse VC House is the name of the Colchester Centre that has been specially designed to offer the very best recovery atmosphere. It offers 27 single en-suite bedrooms and dedicated family suites.  Arts and craft areas, presentation and IT suites and an adaptive gym with specialist equipment also form part of the Centre. They are keen to promote their work and help raise the profile in Suffolk,  any former, current serving or reservists can self-refer to them for support and use of their excellent facilities.

How we can help you | Mind, the mental health charity
- information & support; When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information about a condition, treatment options, or practical issues is vital

Kooth- A free, anonymous, confidential, safe, online Wellbeing service, offering counselling, information, and forums for children and young people.

Mental-health A-Z | Mind, the mental health charity
- Suffolk Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

- Support for anyone in distress, around the clock, through 201 branches across the UK
- National Telephone Helpline: 116 123 

- Ipswich and East Suffolk Branch

Suffolk Libraries - Mental health & wellbeing information
- signposts you to quality websites, online CBT, local support services and downloadable self-help materials information including recommended book lists
- Reading Well Books on Prescription can help you manage your wellbeing using self–help reading.  Your GP may recommend a book to help you manage conditions such as depression, phobias and anxiety.
- You can borrow these books for free from any Suffolk Library.  For more information visit:

Suffolk Mind - The Qur'an & Emotional Health
- an introductory guide to health and wellbeing in an Islamic context, produced by Suffolk Mind in partnership with the Ipswich and Suffolk Muslim Council

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An alternative guide to mental health care in England

Crisis Care Concordat

The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat is a national agreement between services and agencies involved in the care and support of people in crisis. It sets out how organisations will work together better to make sure that people get the help they need when they are having a mental health crisis.

Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat

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