If you need to talk to someone urgently:
- The Samaritans of Solihull
- call 0121 704 2255 or freephone 116 123
- email: email@example.com
- NHS 111 - call 111
Talking it all through
There are times in all of our lives when things can seem to be running away from us. Often, these will be as a result of day to day affairs which we can cope with. If you need a little more help though, there is help available.
For face to face help with issues such as debt, housing and accommodation or other social care issues you can visit the Community Information and Advice Hubs in North and South Solihull.
The hubs are presented and managed by Age UK Solihull, and supported by other organisations including SIAS and DIAL Solihull at:
The hubs can provide information about peer support services for example, which helps people experiencing similar issues get together to support each other. The hubs also offer support to you if you are carer.
Your network of support
Having a close group of friends, carers and supportive family members is really good. It is to them that we often turn when things get tough.
However, this help is not always available for everybody and, sometimes, we just do not want to talk about our problems with the people we know best.
At times like this, other help is available.
Getting out and about
If you feel lonely or bored and want help finding meaningful activities, the Solihull Directory may have details of organisations in your area that interest you.
You could also take a look for ideas about:
Your GP can also refer you to the Health Exchange which has its own directory of community activities available in the borough.
Solihull Mind provides a number of services for people requiring emotional support, including:
- a 7 day a week drop in service for anyone struggling with mental health issues, with lunch available for a small charge on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
- a women only drop in on a Friday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm
- a support group for women experiencing domestic violence
You can contact Solihull Mind by:
- visiting the www.solihullmind.org.uk website
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- calling 0121 742 4941
Find a counselling service
The Solihull Directory has a number of local counselling services.
The It’s good to talk website also provides tips and advice to help, as well as stories of personal experiences.
National and local counselling services for…
There are also a number of national counselling services, available locally in partnership with key local organisations for:
- Cruse Bereavement Care
- online: www.cruse.org.uk
- email: email@example.com
- helpline: 0844 477 9400 (cost of calling: 1p to 13p per minute from a landline, mobiles 5p to 41p per minute)
- Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service
- Ullswater House, Solihull Hospital, Lode Lane, Solihull B91 2JL
- online: www.solihullbereavement.org
- phone: 0121 424 5103 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
- fax: 0121 424 5108
…victims of crime
- Victim Support (also offers witness services)
- Victim Support (including sexual violence and young persons’ services)
- online: www.victimsupport.org.uk
- phone: 0808 16 89 111 (FREE - Monday to Friday, 8.00am-8.00pm / weekends 9.00am-7.00pm / bank holidays 9.00am-5.00pm)
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid
- online: www.bswaid.org/
- helpline: 0808 800 0028 (FREE - Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 5.00pm)
- online: www.relate.org.uk
- phone: 0300 100 1234 (cost: national rate)
…drugs or alcohol
- SIAS - Solihull
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Alzheimer's Society
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- online: Macmillan Cancer support
- phone: Macmillan Support Line 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 8.00pm)
- Motor Neurone Disease Association (Birmingham & Solihull Group)
- online: www.mndassociation.org
- email: email@example.com
- National helpline: 08457 626 262 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and then 7pm to 10.30 pm)
- Parkinson's UK (Solihull Branch)
…lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
- online: www.stonewall.org.uk
- Info line: 08000 50 20 20
- Lesbian & Gay Foundation
- online: lgbt.foundation
- phone: 0345 3 30 30 30
- Gamblers Anonymous
- online: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
- Carers Trust Solihull
- online: www.solihullcarers/org
Age UK Solihull works with the organisations above to make sure the most appropriate service is provided for elderly people in Solihull.
Counselling and psychological services
The Government’s policy is to ensure that counselling and other talking therapies are accessible on the NHS.
In Solihull, therapies are provided by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service.
You can be referred to IAPT by your GP or refer yourself by:
- calling 0121 728 4895 (Monday to Friday - 9.00am to 4.30pm)
- visiting https://www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/iapt
The help available depends on your own experiences, and can include:
- computerised cognitive behavioural therapy by visiting the www.livinglifetothefull.com website for:
- practical and user friendly training to help tackle everyday problems and difficulties
- a variety of methods to help you design your own programme to meet your individual needs
- books on prescription, to help you to manage your health and wellbeing using self-help books available from all libraries in Solihull
- 6 session stress control course to help you to learn how to handle common problems like anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, poor sleep and panic attacks
- group and individual therapy if your depression and anxiety is becoming more difficult to manage and it is disrupting day to day
Mental health support in Solihull
- Information, advice and support booklet for people with mental health concerns
- Community Information and Advice Hubs
- The Samaritans of Solihull
- Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Solihull Integrated Addiction Services
- Solihull Mind
- NHS Service Search and NHS Conditions for high-quality information on over 800 health conditions and treatments
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