I am feeling Low

Ask yourself these two questions – have you been feeling down, depressed, or hopeless? Have you had little interest or pleasure in doing things? You may be suffering from depression and it is important to get some early support.

If you feel you might attempt suicide or harm yourself now, or have seriously harmed yourself, please call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E if you are able to. 

If you can keep yourself safe for now, but still need URGENT advice, the following will give you the support you need at times of CRISIS… 

24/7 URGENT/CRISIS Mental Health support – Call the NHS Central Access Point on 0808 800 3302 

Alternatively, please also consider reviewing the ‘I need help NOW’ section for other urgent support options.

Local Neighbourhood Mental Health Cafe – Excellent place for advice and support; find your local one here. If you have any problems with getting there, please get in contact with the café and they may be able to help you with transport. https://www.peppersasafeplace.co.uk/our-services/neighbourhood-mental-health-cafe/

Recovery college –  Educational courses for those with Mental Health challenges. There is a mixture of on-line and classroom options. See website which includes their prospectus. https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/service/leicestershire-recovery-college/

Decider Skills – This is based on the psychological therapy CBT. A great resource for you to access discretely on your phone, as a ‘heat of the moment’ brief self-help way of managing emotions. Have a look in advance to get some of these techniques practiced and ready to use for when needed. The overall website has more general information… https://www.thedecider.org.uk/

But the app is especially helpful… https://pwa.thedecider.org.uk/#/

Local RISE team (Rutland Integrated Social Empowerment Service) – There are a lot of things going on in your area to encourage you to meet up with others and get some support and enjoyment back into your life. If you’re not sure where to start and need some help to get back out and about, refer yourself to the local RISE team. https://rutland.gov.uk/joy Or see what else is going on! https://services.thejoyapp.com/

Consider taking a look at some specific self-help guides, information and support… 

NTW Self-help Guides – Work through things in your own way and in your own time. https://www.cntw.nhs.uk/home/accessible-information/easy-read/self-help-guides/ 

Mind – National charity for advice and support. https://www.mind.org.uk/ 

NHS Every Mind Matters – NHS advice and understanding the symptoms and causes of feeling low. https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-health-issues/low-mood/ 

Living Life to the Full – Get to the root cause of your anxieties with some online courses and support. Explore associated conditions that can cause anxiety, or occur because of anxiety. https://llttf.com/home/living-life-to-the-full-series/ 

Get Self Help – Information and many self-help options and solutions to try. https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/anxiety-self-help/

Keeping active or doing exercise can help feeling low. Take a look at your local options… 

Active Rutlandhttps://www.activerutland.org.uk/ 

Active Together – https://www.active-together.org/ 

Rutland Active Referral Schemehttps://services.thejoyapp.com/en/listings/1311 

Refer yourself for counselling…

Free NHS Talking Therapies –  Refer yourself for NHS Talking Therapies. For those who live in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland and aged 16 or over. You do not need to see a GP first and can call directly. Please call VITA Health Group on 03300 945595. Or visit their website for more information or refer online… https://www.vitahealthgroup.co.uk/nhs-services/nhs-mental-health/leicester-leicestershire-rutland/

Relate – Further counselling options (may be chargeable). They also offer children’s, family, and relationship counselling. https://www.relate.org.uk/get-help

Other local NHS Sources of Support in different Languages…

Have a look at the NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing Support booklet. https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/mental-health/helpful-documents/ 

Extra Support… 

Take a look at the other mental health pages if there are some specific symptoms or things you may need some extra support with, such as anxiety and sleep, or worries such as money or being a carer. If your symptoms have been consistent and you have been feeling low most of the time over the past 2 weeks, you may be suffering from depression. Please contact the surgery to book a review. You may be offered an appointment with our dedicated Mental Health Practitioner to decide what other support you may need. In some cases, medication may be needed to support your mental health and aid your recovery.