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Mental Health

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 often try to keep their feelings hidden because they are afraid of what other people may think about them.

We all have 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
  • 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.

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 to improve our general mental wellbeing.


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

  • family
  • 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.  

visit our groups and activities page to find lots of inclusive leisure opportunities for you to take part in.

Keep learning

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


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.

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.

Visit the NHS Choices Live well pages to 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.  

Below are a few organisations you can contact to gain more understanding about living with a Mental Health illness.


The charity MIND has some additional advice on how you can use these five steps to improve your mental and emotional health.  You can visit their website for more tips here. You might also want to visit the website to find links to local services and support.

Access the Hull & East Yorkshire MIND website for more support and information

Alternatively you can telephone them on: 

03005 000 927 between 9:30am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

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.

To find out more, please visit the Connect Well website here

Alternatively, you can telephone us on 01482 217 670

Let’s Talk Depression and Anxiety Service Hull

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.

These services include:

Cruse Bereavement care

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

You can contact Cruse Bereavement care by telephone on 01482 565 565 or E-Mail them at hull@cruse.org.uk

To find out more, visit the Cruse Bereavement care website here


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

You can contact Focus by telephone on 01482 891 564 or E-Mail them at mailto:info@focuscounselling.co.uk 

To find out more, visit the Focus website here

House of Light Counselling

House of Light Counselling specialists in Antenatal and Postnatal Depression.

You can contact Houses of Light by telephone on 08000 432 031 or E-Maul them at mailto:help@pndsupport.co.uk 

To find out more, visit the Houses of Light website here

Hull and East Riding MIND Counselling

Hull and East Riding MIND Counselling offers a confidential counselling service that caters to individual needs .

You can contact Mind by telephone on 01482 240 200 or E-Mail them at info@mindhey.co.uk

To find out more, visit the Hull and East Riding Mind website here

Hull and East Riding MIND guided self help

Hull and East Riding MIND guided self help gives you the skills to help you deal with a varied range of conditions independently.

You can contact Mind by telephone on 01482 240 200 or E-Mail them at info@mindhey.co.uk

To find out more, visit the Hull and East Riding Mind website here

Hull and East Riding MIND Stress management

Hull and East Riding MIND Stress management offers a four week stress management course.

You can contact Mind by telephone on 01482 240 200 or E-Mail them at info@mindhey.co.uk

To find out more, visit the Hull and East Riding Mind website here

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..

You can contact the Humber Emotional Wellbeing service by telephone on 01482 344 958 or E-Mail them at mailto:info@humberews.co.uk

To find out more, visit the Humber emotional wellbeing service here

Joan Pickard

Joan Pickard have over 20 years experience in counselling.

You can Contact Joan Pickard by telephone on 01482 291 692 or E-Mail them at joanpickardltdcounselling@hotmail.co.uk

To find out more, visit the Joan Pickard website here

Let’s Talk – Stress Control

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

You can contact Let’s Talk – Stress Control by Telephone on 01482 335 627 or E-Mail them at pws-letstalk.hull@nhs.net

To find out more visit the Let's Talk - Stress Control information page

Let’s Talk – Psychological Wellbeing Services

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

You can contact the Let’s Talk – Psychological wellbeing service be telephone on 01482 335 627 or E-Mail them at pws-letstalk.hull@nhs.net

To find out more, visit the Let's Talk Psychological wellbeing service information page 


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

You can contact Relate by telephone on 01482 329 621 or E-Mail them at relate@relate.karoo.co.uk

To find out more, visit the Realte website here

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..

You can contact Temenos by telephone on 01482 844 038 or E-Mail them at info@temenospsychotherapyandcounselling.co.uk

To find out more, visit the Temenos website here

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 referal.

To book an appointment telephone the Let’s Talk service on 01482 247 111 (You can contact them 24 hours a day seven days a week)
Alternatively, Text the word "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.

To find out more visit the Let’s Talk depression and anxiety website here

Let's Talk Rapid Response Service

The 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 Crisis Resolution: 01482 301701 or email them on hnf-tr.rapidresponseservice@nhs.net
You can also contact NHS Direct on 111

Visit the Let’s Talk Rapid Response service information page here to find out more


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

You can call the Samaritans on 116 123 (calls are free)

You can also visit the Local Hull branch at

75 Spring Bank



Telephone Number: 01482 323 456 (local charges apply)

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door

Monday to Wednesday: 8am to 12noon and 7pm to 9pm

Thursday and Friday: 7pm to 9pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 12noon

Access the Samaritans website here

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 help and support

Visit the  for more information help and support

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

How I 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 here to find out more

B-eat Eating Disorder

B-eat is a national organisation that is here to help people with eating disorders. You can get information and guidance on living with an eating disorder. They also offer support via their free helpline or you can join one of their online support groups.

You can also find local services in Hull that support people who have eating disorders through their help finder search tool.

Contact their Freephone helpline on 08088 010 677 or 08088 010 711 for the Youth line (3pm to 10pm)

To find out more visit the B-eat 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 here to find out how more

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.

If you feel like you need to talk to someone, you can contact CALM on their Freephone helpline on 0800 585 858 (5pm to 12 midnight) or alternatively, you can use their webchat service between 5pm and 12 midnight.

To find out more visit the CALM website here

The National Self Harm Forum

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

To access the forum, go to the National Self Harm website here

Last reviewed: 30/10/2017

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