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This is a self-referral/self-help advice page for your condition

Your condition is best managed by self-referring to mental health services

Information on this service

NOT SURE WHERE TO START?

Click here to get started. There's a lot on this page! Therefore take your time, or browse it with a trusted friend or relative. Read the intro, then click one of the coloured tabs acccording to your needs, for example, 'in a crisis' or 'adults/general'. Click here if you're in a crisis.

To get back to this page in the future, please use the shortcut ivy.gs/mentalhealth. You can also reach this page by clicking the mental health tab or link from the front page.

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INTRODUCTION SHORTCUT ivy.gs/mentalhealth

Huge numbers of patients have struggled with their mental health and wellbeing in recent years. We have developed this page to help any patient suffering with such issues. Please follow the guidance on this page to start to get the help that you need.


OPTIMISE YOUR HEALTH

Please look after your physical and mental health as best you can. We realise this is very difficult in this situation but it gives you the best chances at recovery.

Try to eat a healthy diet. Try to go to bed on time. Try and keep your mind active with interests and hobbies. Try not to smoke or drink too much alcohol. Talk to friends and family. Get outdoors for fresh air and sunshine to help clear the head.

STOP SMOKING ADVICE » ALCOHOL SERVICE »

CONSIDER COUNSELLING

Please consider self-referring to free NHS counselling. Studies have shown talking therapies (with or without medication) has the best chance of successful recovery.

Counselling looks at your thought processes and helps you to find answers to your condition and gives you to the tools to be able to help yourself, now and in the future.

FREE NHS COUNSELLING » LOCAL COUNSELLING PROVIDERS

MEDICATION INFO

Follow doctor's directions on starting medication. Common side effects include headache, nausea, dizziness, sweating, stomach disturbances, but most people are fine, and symptoms tend to settle within a week.

Please book a review appointment before you run out and never stop tablets suddenly. When stable and considering coming off, contact us and we will advise on how to do it safely..


MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE

If you need to talk to someone straight away any time of day or night, you can ring the Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service on 0800 028 0077.

This is a freephone service available to everyone living in Derbyshire - both children and adults. It is open 24 hours a day every day.

MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE RING 0800 028 0077

OTHER RESOURCES

It's not all talking therapy. Other help and support is available:

KIDS » TEENS » ADULTS » OLDER » DEMENTIA » BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT » DOMESTIC ABUSE RESOURCES SEXUAL ABUSE » SOCIAL SERVICES » USEFUL LEAFLETS HEALTH AND WELLBEING COACH » SOCIAL PRESCRIBER » CARE CO-ORDINATOR » YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL »

SLEEP DIFFICULTIES

Poor sleep or difficulties in getting off to sleep or early wakening or lying there thinking about things can be features of your condition. Lack of sleep affects our performance, decision making, thinking processes and makes us muddled and feel unwell.

Please visit our help and support section for hints and tips on improving your sleep.

SLEEP HELP AND SUPPORT »

WHAT TO DO IN A CRISIS SHORTCUT ivy.gs/help-me

IF LIFE IS IN DANGER

Call 999 , or go to A&E now if your or someone else's life is at immediate risk - for example you have seriously injured yourself or are going to, or you have taken an overdose or you do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe.

RING 999 NEAREST A&E »

If you need help in a crisis or are at imminent risk of self-harm, please do seek help - you're not alone

MORE HELP IN A CRISIS » MORE SELF-HARM RESOURCES » RING DERBYSHIRE MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE 0800 028 0077 RING US RING 111 RING 999 ATTEND NEAREST A&E » RING SAMARITANS URGENT ONLINE HELP
If you have contact details, you can also ring:
YOUR COUNSELLOR YOUR CPN YOUR CRISIS TEAM A TRUSTED FRIEND OR RELATIVE

PLEASE TAKE YOUR TIME

We realise everything may be very overwhelming and you don't know what to do or where to start. Please do take the time to read through this page and perhaps with a trusted friend or relative, try and slowly work through the different sources of information in the required section. Not all of them will be applicable and you may need to try different things to help.

Do get in touch if you still have difficulties.

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Are there any other services I can refer myself to?

Please see our index of services you can self-refer to or type the shortcut ivy.gs/selfrefer or ivy.gs/index

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