Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, (NTW), which provides mental health and disability services and support across the North East, has a launched a winter wellness campaign to address loneliness and distress this Christmas.
The trust is aiming to reach young men who might not otherwise be aware of where they can go for help, and wants to spread the word to everyone that no matter how negative a situation may seem, help is at hand. The trust is sending information leaflets and posters to locations across the North East, including GP surgeries, libraries, universities, job centres and sports clubs.
In the UK men remain three times more likely to take their own lives than women, and in 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The North East is the region with the highest suicide rate in the UK.
Karen O’Rourke, NTW’s Patient Information Manager said: “Christmas and New Year can be one of the most fun times of year but for many this can also be a lonely, stressful or worrying time. We want to send the message that people don’t have to feel like this, and we hope that our publicity campaign will make it easier for people to seek out the help and support which is available.”
Speaking to someone about how you feel can help. Psychological Wellbeing Services are for adults finding it difficult to cope, feel low, anxious, stressed, worried or are not sleeping. You can call direct in Northumberland on: 0300 3030 700.
If you need urgent help with your mental health or learning disability you can get in touch with the Initial Response service. This is open for anyone to call, 24 hours a day: 0303 123 1146.
If you or another person have been harmed or are at immediate risk you may require an emergency response – call 999.
The Samaritans are there to listen 24 hours a day on: 116 123.
NTW also has a selection of self-help guides that are available online in a range of formats, including British Sign Language. The guides are available at www.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp, or can be requested in a printed format by calling the Patient Information Centre on 0191 246 7288 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on mental health support visit our mental health page.