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Mental Health

General Information

The national experience of mental health is that a quarter of the population experience some kind of mental health problem each year. That means in Hull approximately 70,000 people could to experience some difficulty per year.

Many people who live with a mental health problem, or who are starting to experience difficulties are afraid of what other people may think about them. This can cause people to keep their feelings hidden. It is important that you are aware of you mental welling and discuss your feelings with someone you trust.

There can be times when we don’t feel ourselves, we can all experience feeling sad or stressed and at times we can all struggle to cope with day-to-day life. This could be for a number of reasons such as:

  • following the loss of someone close to us
  • loneliness and feeling isolated
  • relationship problems
  • worrying about money or work

Most of the time these feelings pass quite quickly, but sometimes we can be affected by our feelings for a longer period of time, which can have a greater impact on our mental health.

The majority of people who experience mental health problems can recover or learn to live with them, especially if they ask for help early on.

Find out more about mental health at NHS Live Well

The NHS website also has a self-assessment tool which you can use if you think you may be suffering from depression.

Complete a self assessment for depression

Read about Mental Health anti stigma campaign here

Urgent help

If you feel at risk of harming yourself or others – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency department or contact on of the following services

NHS 111

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Contact them by telephone on 111


Samaritans’ volunteers offer confidential, emotional support to anyone experiencing distress 24 hours a day. You do not have to be suicidal to call and you can talk to them any time you like, in your own way, about whatever is getting to you

Access the Samaritans website here

Alternatively, you can call the Samaritans via -

  • telephone: 116 123 (calls are free)
  • telephone: 01482 323 456 (local charges apply)
  • email:

You can also visit the Local Hull in person -

75 Spring Bank



Usual hours open to receive callers at the door

  • Monday to Wednesday: 8am to 12noon and 7pm to 9p
  • Thursday and Friday: 7pm to 9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 12noon

Mental Health Rapid Response Service

The Mental Health Rapid Response Service is here to support you with:-

  • Severe and Chronic depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Moderate and severe self harm
  • Psychosis
  • Memory difficulties (under the age of 65
  • Complex Mental Health Issues

If you feel that you require urgent help, then you should contact the Crisis Resolution team via - 

Call your GP (they will have an emergency number when closed), or visit your GP when they are open.

If you cannot access a telephone, you can also go to your local A&E department, and a professional will be able to support you from there.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind suicide help group

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind host a suicide help group which is aimed at men over 18 who may be at risk of suicide it is a 12 week programme which also has a peer support element to it. Mind also host a drop in service earlier on a Tuesday evening for people who are awaiting a space on the course.

To find out more and to check availability, contact Hull and East Yorkshire Mind via

Please note, this group operates on the 1st floor with no lift access

Concerned about someone

If you are worried that someone you care about is very distressed or suicidal then encourage them to make an emergency appointment with their GP.

If you are worried a person is at serious risk of hurting themselves you may wish to take them to your local Accident and Emergency Department.

If you are worried a person is at risk of hurting someone else then you may need to contact the Police on 999.

You can also encourage the person to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.

If serious harm has already occurred to either yourself, or others (such as overdosing or severe cutting) which requires immediate medical attention then you need to call the Emergency Services on 999.

Five Ways to wellbeing

In Hull we have worked collectively with our communities, and with our health and social care colleagues to understand what you think locally. The outcome of our work has highlighted the following key areas, detailed below that we can all consider improving our general mental wellbeing.


It is important that you connect with the people around you:

  • Friends
  • Colleagues
  • neighbours

It is always a good idea to discuss with the people around you how you are feeling as they maybe things they can do to help. Sometimes just having a shoulder to lean on can help you to feel supported and less alone. 

Be active

You don't have to go to the gym. They are lots of activities that you can take part in no matter what your activity levels maybe. Take a walk, go for a bike ride take up gardening or join an arts and crafts class. Find a hobby that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.

Search our Community Directory

Go to our staying active page

Keep learning

Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.

Find out more about learning opportunities


Even the smallest act can count whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering with local groups and organisations, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.

Go to our volunteering page

Stay Healthy

Try to get a good night’s sleep at the end of each of day as you may feel less irritable and more able to cope. Ensure you eat regular meals and drink plenty of water throughout the day to help increase your energy levels. Try to monitor your alcohol intake as sometimes we drink to try and make us feel better, however, this effect is only temporary and can lead to longer term health conditions.

Find out more information about staying healthy

Take notice

Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Find out more about the five ways to wellbeing

How am I feeling?

The Hull NHS has developed a website that has lots of resources to help young people understand mental health. The website contains:

Information and guidance on your mental wellbeing 

List of services and organisations that you can access
Interactive games and quizzes

Access the How are you feeling? website

Lets Talk

The Let’s Talk depression and anxiety service can support you with your mental health. The service is made up of different organisations that have come together to support people in Hull with mental health conditions. They offer a range of services that support a wide range of issues that may affect you mental health.

How to access Let's Talk

To access the Let's Talk depression and anxiety service Hull, you can either book an appointment or speak to your GP for a referral.

To book an appointment –

  • telephone: 01482 247 111 (You can contact them 24 hours a day seven days a week)
  • text: Talk’ to 61825 - You will then receive a call from a Let’s Talk advisor within 24 hours

The appointment will give you the opportunity to talk to one of the Let’s Talk team about your needs and feelings. The team will work with you to identify the best course of action. Once you are agreement, you will then be signposted to one of the Let’s Talk services.

The Let’s Talk service is Free to use for people registered with a Hull GP.

Visit the Let’s Talk depression and anxiety website

Let’s Talk services include -

Cruse Bereavement care

The Cruse Bereavement care provides free, confidential service of bereavement support.

Visit the Cruse Bereavement care website

Alternatively, you can contact them via –


Focus offers employee assistance programmes and staff counselling services for the public and private sector.

Visit the Focus website

Alternatively, you can contact Focus via -

House of Light Counselling

House of Light Counselling specialise in antenatal and postnatal depression.

Visit the Houses of Light website

Alternatively, you can contact Houses of Light via –

Hull and East Riding Mind

Hull and East Riding Mind offers the following services –

  • counselling - offering a confidential counselling service that caters to individual needs
  • guided self help - giving you the skills to help you deal with a varied range of conditions
  • stress management - a four week stress management course

Visit the Hull and East Riding Mind website

Alternatively, you can contact Hull and East Yorkshire Mind via -

The Humber Emotional Wellbeing Service

The Humber Emotional Wellbeing Service provides a range of talking therapies that are proven to help people experiencing common mental health difficulties like depression and anxiety..

Visit the Humber emotional wellbeing service

Alternatively, you can contact them via –

Joan Pickard

Joan Pickard has over 20 years’ experience in counselling.

Visit the Joan Pickard website

Alternatively, you can Contact them via –

Let’s Talk – Stress Control

The Let’s Talk – Stress Control course helps people deal with anxiety and depression.

Visit the Let's Talk - Stress Control information page

Alternatively, you can contact them via-

Let’s Talk – Psychological Wellbeing Services

The Let’s Talk – Psychological Wellbeing Services supports with depression, low mood, worry, anxiety and panic.

Visit the Let's Talk - Psychological wellbeing service information page

Alternatively, you can contact them via -


Relate provides counselling for anxiety and depression and behavioural couples therapy for depression..

Visit the Realate website

Alternatively, you can contact them via –

Temenos Hull and Cottingham

Temenos Hull and Cottingham provide counselling in anxiety, depression, bereavement/loss, relationship difficulties, abuse, trauma, work based issues, issues of self-esteem, emotional dilemmas and problem solving..

Visit the Temenos website

Alternatively, you can contact Temenos via -

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is the local branch to support people in Hull and East Yorkshire who have a mental health conditions. Their services include -

Mental Health Support Groups.

These groups will allow you to meet others experiencing the same problems, at the same time as learning skills that will help you to cope and improve your mental wellbeing.

Ways 2 Wellbeing

Ways 2 Wellbeing is a 16 week programme designed to improve your mental health and wellbeing and provide you with the tools you need to help keep you well. You will create your own action plan and identify your own personal goals using an evidence based system. We will help you to keep track of the positive changes you make. Each session includes time to discuss interesting topics and also time to make friends over a cuppa and a biscuit.

The Stress Management Course

This is a 4 week course which runs for 90 minutes each week on either a Monday afternoon or a Thursday evening. The course is designed to help you understand the effects stress and anxiety may have on your body, mind and behaviours, and how you can cope with this.

Peer support group

Hull and East Riding Mind also has peer support groups and art groups running.
Topics include a range of common mental health problems and lifestyle issues which may or may not be connected to poor mental health.

Some of the topics we cover are:

  • confidence building
  • anxiety management
  • money management
  • sleep hygiene
  • self-esteem
  • how to have fun
  • the benefits of volunteering

Vocational Support

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has a team of mental health specialists who can support you to overcome barriers to access education, volunteering and employment opportunities. Whether you lack skills, qualifications or require work experience to gain employment, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind can support you. Their aim is to help you access training, education, volunteering or employment opportunities to meet your aspirations and goals.

If you are currently employed but are experiencing difficulties they can support you to stay in work.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind can help with –

  • CV and job application advice
  • in work support
  • confidence building
  • accessing volunteer opportunities
  • interview skills and practice
  • addressing barriers to employment
  • job searching

The programme offers a friendly and supportive environment which caters to your own individual needs.

People Leaving Prison

Leaving prison can be daunting and scary. Staff and mentors can help people to a brighter future.
They offer a mentoring programme to help people get their life back on track and avoid a return to prison.

They can help people with –

  • life skills
  • wellbeing
  • managing time and appointments
  • community involvement
  • relationship help with families
  • employment, training, and volunteering

Mental health support

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind can help you to develop a support plan. This is designed to help you achieve the personal goals you set yourself.
Their experienced team can support you through motivation and helping you keep tyrack of your goals.

How they can help –

  • increase independence, confidence and motivation
  • develop ways to manage anxiety, depression and other mental health problems
  • emotional support
  • getting out, perhaps going to the shops or attending activities
  • attending appointments
  • maintain or regain skills such as budgeting and cooking
  • physical wellbeing (swimming or accessing sports)

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s mental health support can be paid for with a personal budget from the local authority, or directly.

Young Peoples Group (11 to 18)

The Young people's groups are for people aged 11 to 18 and can help you find different ways of coping with life’s stresses. It introduces you to people who are on your side to help when times get tough.

Group work offers the opportunity to meet people with similar interests. They will help you with the tools you need to plan for the future and achieve any dreams or goals you might have.


Their specialist housing services are designed to meet your individual needs. This can either be in Mind’s own managed properties or floating support within your own home.

Hull and East Yorkshire mind also provide -

  • female only service
  • 24 hour project for young people
  • a variety of therapeutic communities in and around Hull.

They can help you to identify and overcome barriers to living an independent and fulfilling life. They will work with other services to make sure you get the best support you need. The can also help you to move on when the time is right.

Where appropriate, they can support you to secure your own tenancy or other suitable accommodation in the area you want to live.

The support will be designed with you, and it may include –

  • support to attend appointments
  • Advocacy
  • Independent living skills
  • support to access training, volunteering and employment.

Find out more about Hull and East Riding Mind support

Information Line

The Hull and East Riding Mind information line aims to empower people to take the next step in your own mental health. This service provides people with information on –

  • the services they provide
  • services available in the community.
  • give advice and guidance on any mental health topics

You can contact Hull and East Yorkshire Mind information line  via -

Wellington Care

Wellington Care provides specialised caring support for people with severe or long term mental health needs.

They can support people in a variety of settings, including -

  • specialist residential care home
  • a person’s own home
  • within a shared supported living homes

They can also help find suitable accommodation through their partnership with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind who are a registered social landlord.

The team will work with each individual to help you in all areas of your life including –

  • support for your mental health needs
  • day to day care
  • daily living skills
  • social and emotional or additional needs such as autism or physical health

Their goal is to give you the opportunity to be as independent as possible by supporting you to reach your goals and aspirations.

For more information contact Wellington Care via -

Connect Well

If you prefer to speak to someone face to face, Connect Well Hull can help you access support and guidance on a range of issues. It provides links to community groups, services and activities that could help you make positive changes or just improve how you feel.

Connect Well Hull is a friendly, free and confidential service run by Citizen’s Advice Hull and East Riding. If you are aged 16 or over and live in Hull, or are registered with a Hull GP, you can make an appointment with a Wellbeing Co-ordinator or Welfare Adviser.

Book an appoint with the Connect Well team

Alternatively, you can telephone them on 01482 217 670

Further Information resources

Below a number of organisations that offer advice and support in relation to Mental Health


Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Their goal is to ensure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they need.

Visit the Mind website

Alternatively you can telephone them on 03005 000 927 between 9:30am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Mind also has some very good information on understanding mental health - 

Mind Infoline

The Mind team provides information on a range of topics including:

  • types of mental health problems
  • where to get help
  • medication and alternative treatments
  • advocacy.

They will search for details of help and support in your own area. 

Their lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays). You can contact via - 


Elefriends is a supportive online community run by Mind where you can be yourself. It is a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

Join the online community here

Information resources

Mind have produced a wide range of information to help you learn more about mental health including coping strategies, treatment options and where to go for support.

You can access the information by using the links below -

Types of Mental Health

Mental health problems - introduction


Anxiety and Panic Attacks 

Bipolar disorder 

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)  

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)


Dissociative disorders 

Eating problems 

Hearing voices

Hypomania and mania


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Panic attacks


Personality disorders


Postnatal depression & perinatal mental health

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)


Recreational drugs & alcohol and their affects

Schizoaffective disorder


Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Self esteem

Self harm

Sleep problems 


Suicidal feelings

Tardive dyskinesia

Guides to support and services

Abuse support

Addiction and dependency support


Benefits FAQ


Carers, friends & family - coping & support

Children and young people

Crisis services

Food and mood

Holidays and respite care


Information about support available to help you to go on holiday.

Insurance cover

Learning disability support

Legal Rights

LGBTQ mental health

Money and mental health

Online safety and support

Parenting with a mental health problem

Peer support

Physical activity, sport and mental health


Seeking help for a mental health problem

Student life


Work and mental health

Working in the ambulance service

Working in the fire and rescue service

Working in the police service

Working in the search and rescue service

Treatments and medication

This section is for information purposes only and is not intended to suggest a course of action. You should consult your GP before you undertake any treatment for your Mental Health.

Find your nearest GP


Antidepressants A-Z


Antipsychotics A-Z

Arts therapies

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Complementary and alternative therapy

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)


Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Lithium and other mood stabilisers

Medication - general

Medication - stopping or coming off


Neurosurgery for mental disorder (NMD)

Sleeping pills and minor tranquillisers

Sleeping pills and minor tranquillisers A-Z

St John's Wort

Talking treatments

For more information

You can also access your local Mind's Information line for more tailored support in your area. The way to do that is via -

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation have produced a wide range information guides about living withi mental health which you can access using the links below -

How to look after your mental health

How to overcome fear and anxiety

How to support mental health at work

The truth about self harm

How to sleep better

How to manage and reduce stress

How to look after your mental health using exercise

How to look after your mental health using mindfulness

How to look after your mental health in later life

Access the Mental Health Foundation A-Z

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP is a self-designed prevention and wellness programme. 
WRAP has been studied extensively in rigorous research projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

WRAP will help you to –

  • discover your own simple, safe Wellness Tools
  • develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
  • Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse and, using Wellness Tools, develop action plans for responding at these times
  • guide you through the process of developing a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive
  • introduce you to Post Crisis Planning

WRAP is for anyone, any time. It will support you in being the way you want to be and doing the things you want to do.

Visit the WRAP website for more information

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy have some useful information and advice on therapy. They also have a directory where you search for a therapist

Visit their website to find out more

UK Council for Psychotherapy

UK Council for Psychotherapy exists to promote and maintain high standards of practice of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling for the benefit of the public throughout the United Kingdom.

Their membership includes over 8,000 registered therapists and more than 70 training and accrediting organisations. Their individual members work privately, in public health or third sector organisations offering a wide variety of psychotherapeutic approaches.

You can search the directory of therapists to help you with a wide range of mental health conditions.

Find a therapist here

Alternatively, you can contact them via –

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a member of the Association of Mental Health Providers. They work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1 to 1 therapy. They work regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve services for those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression.
They can provide support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. They can also help you deal with specific phobias such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights – in fact, any fear that’s stopped you from getting on with your life.

Visit their website to fin out more

Alternatively, you can contact them via –

Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the condition of bipolar, their families and carers.
The offer the following support– 

  • nformation and advice
  • contact their support line
  • peer support call service
  • find your local support group
  • join their online community

support with employment

Visit the Bipolar UK website to find out more

Alternatively, you can contact them via – 

  • email:  
  • support line: 03333 233 880 (between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
  • join their online community here 

Campaign against Living Miserably (CALM)

CALM is a national charity that is dedicated to preventing men from committing suicide. They offer: accredited confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through our helpline. They also offer guidance and support for people who have lost someone due to suicide or think someone close to them may commit suicide.

Visit the CALM Website

Alternatively, If you feel like you need to talk to someone, you can contact CALM vai – 

  • freephone helpline: 0800 585 858 (5pm to 12 midnight) or alternatively
  • webchat service between 5pm and 12 midnight 

The National Self Harm Forum

The National Self Harm Forum is a supported forum for people who self harm.

Visit to the National Self Harm website


SANE is a leading UK mental health charity that works to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. They offer information and advice on a whole range of topics.

Visit the SANE website here 

Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. You can find advice and support as well as guidance for parents around mental health.

Visit the Young Minds website

Reading Well

Reading Well helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. 

The books are all endorsed by health experts, as well as people with living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself. 

Reading Well on prescription for common mental health conditions 

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental illness aims to help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives.

The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service offers practical help on issues such as:

  • Mental Health Act
  • community care
  • welfare benefits
  • debt
  • criminal justice
  • carer’s rights.

They also offer general help on living with:

  • mental illness
  • medication
  • care and treatment

Visit the Rethink Mental Illness website for more information

Alternatively you can contact them by telephone on 03005 000 927 between 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Last reviewed: 25/04/2017