Rethink Mental Illness are the lead provider of Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support service and their focus in challenging times is the safety of everyone, while recognising the impact the situation may be having on people’s mental health.
They are now providing an Emotional Support Helpline, using their single point of access contact centre. This Helpline, tel: 01773 734989, is for anyone feeling they need emotional support. This might be due to ongoing support needs, worries about the current situation, feelings of anxiety or loneliness – or any other reason. The Helpline is open 9am to 7pm from Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.
Rethink and partners continue to support to their existing client group, through telephone and digital contact.
The Recovery and Peer Support Service are now offering an online peer support group every Thursday at 6pm.
Local NHS partners have put together this short leaflet that details the mental health support on offer in Derbyshire for children, young people, parents and carers.
The Recovery and Peer Support Service have put together an interactive map of mental health groups and organisations in Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust are offering an out of hours support line for people with mental ill health, including children and young people, carers/families and those with a learning disability or autism. The freephone line is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tel: 0800 028 0077 (freephone)
Feedback from people who've used the out of hours support line:
"The mental health worker who rang me was clearly highly trained and professional. He was exceptionally insightful and was able to clarify some of my thinking with me. He took time to engage and to establish some positive and practical actions which I could try to implement going forward. He made me feel far less lonely during my shielding isolation and he helped me to engage with more hopeful thinking. I honestly couldn’t rate the support more highly. This is a catastrophic time for me trying to manage my mental health and I felt I had access to professional mental health support in a timely and accessible manner. Many thanks to the man who responded to my call and listened with such sensitivity.”
“I didn’t know what to expect as the doctor just gave me the number to ring, the young lady who answered my call was very understanding and put me at ease. I have never been able to talk about my anxieties as I was brought up to believe it is a weakness, so it was nice to know I was not alone and there is somewhere to contact.”March 25 2020