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Mental health – find the support that’s right for you

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It is common for people to experience changes in mood, stress levels and emotions, especially at times of change or when their physical health is impaired. Depending on the issues, there are many sources of support available. Some of these are listed below.

If you are in crisis and you don't feel you can keep yourself safe, call 999 or go to A&E.

In crisis?

If you are in crisis and you don't feel you can keep yourself safe, call 999 or go to A&E.

Accessing clinical care

  • Your GP can refer you to mental health services, such as the Adult or Older People’s Community Mental Health Teams. If you're not already registered with a GP, find one using the NHS website.
  • VitaMinds is a short-term talking therapy service for adults 16-years and over. The service is available to adults who are registered with a GP in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. If you are experiencing excessive worry, low mood, depression, anxiety or a lack of motivation, you can get in touch. 
  • Mental Health Matters is a nationwide charity providing a wide range of support to people with a diagnosed mental health condition. Their Wellbeing and Recovery Service can support anyone aged 18+ who is experiencing emotional and mental health problems, and their carers.
  • Rutland County Council's Adult Social Care Teams work closely with health colleagues to provide a local integrated specialist mental health service.

Accessing wider support

There are many organisations across the UK helping people overcome mental health issues - don't suffer in silence. These organisations include:

If you are finding it hard to adapt to changes in your life, or simply need some help to reconnect with your best self, consider:

  • Having a chat with the RISE service to see how they could help. They can be contacted by email - - or by phoning 07814144647 within working hours (Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4pm). Alternatively, you can speak to your GP about a referral into RISE. 

What is worrying you?

If you are facing challenges with your mental wellbeing, you don’t need to go through it alone. There are many support groups in Rutland where you can meet others who are facing similar challenges.

Enjoying a secure and happy life at home

Having a secure and stable home life can make a big difference to your mental health.

If you are worried about issues that mean that you don’t feel safe and secure at home, help is available:

  • Housing: visit our Housing section to get information on where to go if you're at risk of homelessness, how to stay safe in your home and more.
  • Money: our Money Matters page offers advice on managing debt, coping with health costs and more. 
  • Personal safety: If you are in an abusive relationship, there are local and national organisations that can support you. United Against Violence and Abuse is a consortium of three local organisations providing services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Refuge provides specialist domestic violence services, as well as the free National Domestic Abuse Helpline. ManKind and Respect's Men Advice Line both offer support to men experiencing domestic abuse.

Having meaning and purpose

Having a sense of meaning and purpose benefits your mental health. This could be achieved in a number of ways, including through work, learning new skills, taking up an interest, and volunteering.

It is worth reflecting first on what matters to you and how you might reconnect with those things:

  1. In your experience, what supports your wellbeing?
  2. What inspires you and reminds you of your values? What carries a sense of meaning or significance for you?
  3. Based on your answers, identify some things that you would like to do, with the aim of supporting your wellbeing.

Opportunities and sources of support

  • Getting into work: If you have mental health needs and want to get back into employment, Rutland County Council's Employment Support Service  could help you access training and development opportunities to improve your skills and prepare you for work. Rutland County Council's Adult Learning and Skills Service can also help you to apply for work, including updating your CV.
  • Learning something new: Rutland Adult Learning and Skills Service offers a range of accredited qualifications and leisure courses. The WEA  also offer adult education courses across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
  • Taking up a new hobby: If you're looking for a new hobby, see our Things to Do section. Physical activity can be really beneficial for mental health and wellbeing. Whether you're a complete beginner or looking to renew an old interest, you’ll find a wide range of options in Things to Do and our Sport and Fitness section, as well as some hints and tips on our Being Active page.
  • Giving back: Volunteering can be a very satisfying and purposeful way to spend your time. Rutland has many volunteering opportunities. Some of these are listed in our Volunteering section.
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s (LPT) Mental Health and Wellbeing Workbook provides support for people in the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland communities during these exceptional times, with helpful distraction activities and practical guidance as well as signposting readers to local and national organisations. It is now available in four languages English, Hindi, Gujarati and Urdu.

  • Rutland County Council's Health and Wellbeing workbook aims to help people manage their physical and mental health, wellbeing and gives ideas for building resilience.

Living with mental health challenges: improving the journey

If you are facing challenges with your mental wellbeing, you don’t need to go it alone. There are many support groups in Rutland where you can meet others who are facing similar challenges.

  • Pepper's - A Safe Place supports the families of people living with mental illness.
  • Mental Health Matters host drop-ins offering advice and information, support and signposting for all. 
  • If you are finding parenting challenging, the NSPCC, Mind and Gingerbread offer advice that may be useful. Mum's Mind is a local NHS service offering specialist advice and information to support the mental health of mothers during pregnancy and baby’s first year. You can also approach the Council's Early Help team, who work with children, young people and their families to offer support at an early stage. 
  • Our Living with a condition section links to local and national organisations offering support for people in a wide range of circumstances.
  • Age UK works with Turning Point to run the Last Orders Project, which raises awareness of the problems associated with alcohol and other forms of substance misuse to people over the age of 50.
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