Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Signposting

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)


Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.



CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)



XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.


Men's Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.


Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.



Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)


No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm)


OCD Action

Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)



A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)



Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends)


Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)



Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)



Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most:

Peer support forum:



Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)


Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)


National Gambling Helpline

Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)


Narcotics Anonymous

Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)


Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)


Eating disorders (Beat)

Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)


What is counselling?

As a counsellor, my role is to be there as someone you can talk to and share your issues with. I will offer you a safe non-judgmental place where your concerns can be explored. Rather than tell you what to do, I will work with you to help you find solutions that work best for you.

It is a place where you can share your feelings, thoughts and behaviours, safe in the knowledge that you will not be judged. I will encourage you to open up and explore whatever it is that is causing you distress or concern, with the view to helping you move forward and make positive improvements in your life.

Depending on the issues you’re facing, I will tailor the therapy to suit your needs. For some it may be having that space to process difficult emotions or experiences, perhaps you would benefit from challenging some negative thoughts or behaviours, or maybe learning some techniques to help you better manage your emotions would be beneficial. Whatever the need, we will work together to help you improve your quality of life.

What can you expect from me?

  • to be met with warmth and made to feel welcome
  • care and support
  • to be treated with respect and dignity
  • a professional and ethical service
  • trust, honesty and genuineness
  • empathy and unconditional positive regard
Who will know about what we talk about in counselling?

Counselling is a confidential service. As a member of BACP I am bound by their obligations regarding confidentiality. Anything you share in our sessions remains between you and I (with a number of exceptions outlined below). This confidentiality should help you to open up and explore, with the safety of knowing your privacy will be respected.

What are the exceptions to confidentiality?

There are a few occasions when I would be unable to maintain confidentiality, this would be in regards to risk.

Should you disclose to me any of the following situations, then I have a legal and ethical duty to escalate this to the relevant persons e.g., designated safeguarding lead, parent / carer, or the relevant authorities:

  • if you are at risk of causing serious harm to yourself or someone else.
  • if you are at risk of being seriously hurt by someone else.
  • if you are committing a serious crime. This would include anything relating to The Terrorism Act 2020, Drug Trafficking Act 1994, Money Laundering Regulations 2007, The Protection of Children Act 1999 and other violations of The Serious Crime Act 2015.
What happens during counselling?
  • You will be offered 45 minutes for each session. You will be given a session day and time. The severity of the issue will determine the number of sessions offered.
  • During the first session we will complete some assessment forms. I will talk through what counselling is to ensure your understanding. We will then make a decision as to whether counselling is appropriate and if so, plan what work we will do together. If counselling is not appropriate, I will work with you to find a suitable alternative.
  • You can use your sessions to discuss whatever issues are troubling you. I will utilise a variety of counselling skills and techniques to help you process whatever issues you are facing.
  • At your last session, you will be asked to complete another assessment. This is to help us see how you are feeling and if there has been any change.

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