it's Time to Talk Day!
We encourage you to talk about how you are feeling during the current Coronavirus restrictions, and to seek practical and professional support if required, as the country marks Time to Talk Day on Thursday (4 February).
Time to Talk Day is a national awareness day which urges everyone to take time to speak to a friend, a family member or a colleague about their mental health. This year the theme is The Power of Small, encouraging people to realise how important a small conversation can be when it comes to someone’s mental health.
You can help to start the conversation this Time to Talk Day – and this can help to end mental health stigma. For more information about Time to Talk Day and ideas to start a conversation, go to the website of Time to Change.
Locally there are virtual Time to Talk Day events being organised on Thursday 4 February:
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, as one of the main providers of mental health services in Derbyshire, is supporting the Time to Talk campaign.
Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service supports local residents of any age who are struggling with their mental health. The 24/7 helpline is on a Freephone number (0800 028 0077) and callers can benefit from telephone support not only to help them with their mental health but also to talk through practical issues that may be causing them concern. In addition, they may now be given the option of face-to-face support at a ‘safe haven’, where they can continue to discuss their problems in a calm, welcoming environment.
The helpline, which is run by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has become a permanent service as part of improvements being made through the Joined Up Care Derbyshire programme. The helpline team now consists of staff from the charity P3 and Derbyshire Mental Health Federation, as well as clinical staff from Derbyshire Healthcare. The safe haven, meanwhile, is run by Richmond Fellowship.
Since its launch in April 2020, the helpline has received around 1,500 calls a month from local residents.
Other sources of support within Derby and Derbyshire for anyone who is struggling with their mental health:
Derby and Derbyshire residents are asked to contact NHS111 first by phone or online at 111.nhs.uk if they think they need A&E.
The initiative is designed to help people get the right treatment, at the right time and at the right place. If those contacting NHS111 need to go to A&E then a booking or time slot will be arranged for them. NHS111 provides medical advice and assessment quickly. People using NHS111 will be taken through a series of questions which will determine the next course of action. This may result in patients being referred to their GP practice for a callback or an arrival time being given for A&E or an Urgent Treatment Centre. People should call 999 if they have a serious or life-threatening condition.
IAPT talking therapies
Talking therapy is a way to explore difficulties with a trained professional, sorting through problems to have a safe place to explore feelings and plan how to overcome problems. These IAPT talking therapies services are aimed at those who are experiencing low-level but persistent mental health problems such as stress, anxiety or low mood.
For more information or for details of how to self refer, go to the IAPT page for Derby and Derbyshire on the Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website