In an emergency ring 999 or 112 in the UK 112 throughout Europe and 911 in USA........................ The following is for Cornwall UK only:-...................
Out of hours mental health emergencies
The Bodmin Hospital Switchboard emergency number operates at all times of the day and night: 01208 251 300.
Community Mental Health Teams Out-of-Hours Freephone Helplines:
East 0845 230 3901
West 0845 230 3902
Confidential emergency helpline for people with mental health problems.
Approved Mental Health Professional (AMPH) Out-of-Hours Rota
5.15pm-8.45am, 7 days a week and daytime on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. This service covers assessments taking place under the Mental Health Act 1983, a statutory service. This is usually referred by the Police. If you need to see an AMHP, one will be contacted for you. Many assessments at night currently take place in one of Cornwall's Police Custody Centres.
You can also contact the Samaritans at any time on 116 123
Non emergency police number: 101
We don't know when you might need us.
That's why we're open 24 hours a day.Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Whatever you're going through, whether it's big or small, don't bottle it up. We are here for you if you're worried about something, feel upset or confused, or just want to talk to someone.
We offer our service by telephone, email, letter and face to face in most of our branches.
Samaritans is available to anyone in the UK and Ireland. If you live outside of the UK and Ireland, visit www.befrienders.org to find your nearest helpline.
UK Support Line: 116 123
ROI Support Line 18-50-60-90-90
CORNWALL: If in destress you can walk in at:
19 Treyew Road, Truro, Cornwall
Samaritans awarded telephone number of extreme social value
Today (28 October 2009) three organisations, including Samaritans, have been awarded phone numbers, which will provide services of extreme social value, by Ofcom.
116 123 will be used for an emotional support helpline, provided by Samaritans
116 111 will be used for a child helpline, provided by NSPCC (which runs ChildLine)
116 000 will be used for a missing people helpline, provided by Missing People
This number allocation follows a decision made by the European Commission.
NIGHTLINKNightlink is Cornwall's free-phone listening service for anyone who is experiencing or has experienced emotional distress. Nightlink is also available for people supporting those in emotional distress and anyone who feels they would like to discuss their difficulties in confidence.
Established since 1998, Nightlink has 5 paid staff and over 20 volunteers. The helpline was one of the first to be accredited to the MHHP's (Mental Health Helpline Partnership) nationally recognised Quality Standard Award. Nightlink was developed following direct consultation with service users.
Nightlink receives around 8000 calls per year. The quality of the service is constantly monitored by listener supervision, training and by our Caller Survey. The Caller Survey allows service users to anonymously feedback their experience of using the helpline and to make suggestions for improvements.
Nightlink is available on Freephone 0808 8000306 from 5pm to midnight every night.
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
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Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.
To make lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination
To inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health
Who are we?
The programme of 35 projects is led by Mind, and Rethink (Mental Health Media have now merged to become part of Mind). It is funded with
Mental health news, views and information
Mental Healthy: the home of mental health information, guides, features, experts, news and community in one place. From anxiety and depression guides, fitness and food, through real-life and blogs, to the heavier psychological breakthroughs, research and news; we have our finger on the pulse of mental wellbeing. Updated daily.
The Mental Health Forum has grown out of the 1 in 4 Forum, which was started by the Mental Health Foundation in the UK in April 2003 and is now run by Radish Online Limited, a non-profit social enterprise. The 1 in 4 Forum earned a reputation of being a high-quality forum where members could get mutual support while also considering mental health policy and service development issues. It is a tradition that continues with the Mental Health Forum.
Here at the Mental Health Forum we aim to build a high-quality community where members can get mutual support, and discuss mental health policy and service development issues. This forum serves people experiencing mental health issues, their friends or relatives, and people working in the mental health field (from support worker to service manager and from nurses to psychologists and psychiatrists).
The Mental Health Forum is run on a non-commercial basis by a team of dedicated volunteers to whom we are greatly indebted to for their time, dedication, knowledge and experience. A big thank you to you all.
Hello Everyone It's about time Cornwall had it's own area. There are a lot of changes taking place. We have some professionals who are stopping Service Users from becoming enabled. Not sure if the are a little fearful for their jobs.
Of course that not the reason why service users and carers need a better voice. We are often the experts of our own issues, but sometimes need others to help us through the crisis.
Have lots of ideas to share and how to move the who Emotional/Mental Health thing forward.
Well first post so better not bore you all to much.
(((((Huggie 4 all))))))
Cornwall's first mental health specific, community interest company (C.I.C).
The aim of Re-Gain is to provide listening, support and empowerment to people with emotional health issues in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. Service Users are at the heart of the organisation, both in the development of existing mental health services in Cornwall and the creation of new projects. Re-Gain's projects have been developed and designed by the people who use them. Working with Service Users in this way is what makes Re-Gain different and is an essential part of what Re-Gain does.
ANXIETY UK is a national registered charity formed 30 years ago by a sufferer of agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders. Today we are still a user-led organisation, run by sufferers and ex-sufferers of anxiety disorders supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel.
We campaign vigorously to create a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all - a society where people with experience of mental distress are treated fairly, positively and with respect.
The Mental Help Net website exists to promote online mental health education and provides scientifically accurate and up-to-date coverage of mental health and illness topics. The site's resources take three different forms. We offer detailed and comprehensive coverage of mental health and illness topics (such as Depression, ADHD, and Personality Disorders) in our numerous topic centers. We regularly publish original blogs, podcasts, articles and advice columns which are linked from the Mental Help Net homepage. Finally, we offer a Mental Health Support Community. Online since 1995, Mental Help Net has been the recipient of many awards and citations. Our service is freely available and intended for both laypeople and professionals.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is committed to improving the understanding of psychiatry and mental health. We want there to be a greater understanding of the interaction between mental and physical health and the social and cultural context in which people live. We are at the forefront in setting and achieving the highest standards through education, training and research. We lead the way in developing excellence and promoting best practice in mental health services. We promote research and publish the results in our world-class psychiatric journals.
This website will support Shaping Our Lives' vision of an equal and fair society where people have the same opportunities, choices, rights and responsibilities. A society where people have choice and control over the way they live and the support services they use.
When responding to any notice could you please state that you read it on the SOLNET noticeboard
People's stories: see, hear and read their experiences...
Healthtalkonline is the award-winning website of the DIPEx charity. Healthtalkonline and its sister website, Youthhealthtalk, let you share in more than 2,000 people's experiences of over 60 health-related conditions and illnesses. You can watch video or listen to audio clips of the interviews, read about people's experiences if you prefer and find reliable information about specific conditions, treatment choices and
Is it a disorder or is it just that you don't fit in with the sheep?????? Anyway if you have been diagnosed or want to know more about the condition, here are a few links... The MORE you know the more you can help yourself.
This website is intended for people with borderline personality disorder, for those who think they may suffer from it, for their families, and for psychiatrists and other mental health care providers who strive to help them better. I have selected information about the disorder that will provide you with an increased understanding of the symptoms, history, causes, and nature of borderline disorder. It is also important that you are aware of the various methods of treatment now available for borderline disorder, as well as of their effectiveness and risks. Finally, it is useful to know how to locate resources and other information that will provide you with additional help.
A really good site to look at many different diagnoses, especially useful for understanding BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder). The site owner, herself has had a life being mis-diagnosed and had done so much to unravel the disorder. There is a lot about the under reported but very common Regressive BPD.
Personality disorders are increasingly recognised as major mental health issues: but they are as much society�??s problem, as the individuals who suffer the symptoms.
Use this site to find out more about the different personality disorders, including borderline, antisocial and dangerous and severe, and what the diagnosis means. Also keep up with the latest news about what is happening in the world of PD and how you can get involved.
Other informative sites include the Emergence personality disorder website www.emergenceplus.org.uk
Mental Healthy are pleased to be associated with SANE, the national charity that works to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness.
Perhaps the greatest need for Adult Babies and/or Diaper Lovers (ABDLs) is that of acceptance. An ABDL may spend years or decades learning to accept him or herself. He (or less often, she) may conceal these desires from family, friends, wife, and church, because of the fear of rejection. Like the square peg, ABDLs don't fit in.
They are up against a cultural bias. This bias is so ingrained that it has become invisible. Square pegs won't fit in round holes, but why do we presume that this is the peg's fault? Why is it the peg's fault for being square, and not the hole's fault for being round? This partially is because 'normal' has strayed from its mathematical definition: Being 'abnormal' is often presumed to be bad.
Although GIRES works with a number of major organisations, it never loses touch with the needs of the individual gender non-conforming people and their families, whether members or not, who seek its help every day. Each gender non-conforming individual faces the challenges of being themselves within families, education, the workplace and social settings, where they may experience discrimination and even violence.
Our mission is to ensure that LGBT role models and allies are visible throughout public life in order to create an environment where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are able to participate fully in society.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.
Helpguide was launched in 1999, inspired by our belief that Morgan�??s tragedy could have been avoided if she had access to unbiased, reliable information that gave her a sense of hope and direction. Since then, this website has grown from a small local project to an internationally recognized resource serving over 50 million people a year.
- Robert and Jeanne Segal
People with Asperger syndrome are of average or above average intelligence. They don't have the learning disabilities that many autistic people have, but they may have specific learning difficulties. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
Autism and Asperger syndrome are both part of a range of related developmental disorders known as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). They begin in childhood and last through adulthood.
ASD can cause a wide range of symptoms, which are grouped into three categories:
�?�problems and difficulties with social interaction �?? including lack of understanding and awareness of other people's emotions and feelings
�?�impaired language and communication skills �?? including delayed language development and an inability to start conversations or take part in them properly
�?�unusual patterns of thought and physical behaviour �?? including making repetitive physical movements, such as hand tapping or twisting (the child develops set routines of behaviour and can get upset if the routines are broken)
B-eats vision is that eating disorders will be beaten
B-eat's aims are:
To change the way everyone thinks and talks about eating disorders
To improve the way services and treatment are provided
And to help anyone believe that their eating disorder can be beaten
We do this by:
Challenging the stereotypes and stigma that people with eating disorders face.
Campaigning for better services and treatment
Providing information, support and encouragement to seek treatment and recovery
The NICE eating disorders clinical guideline covers physical and psychological treatments, treatment with medicines, and what kinds of services best help people with eating disorders.
The guideline looks at eating disorders for children aged 8 years through to adults. It covers anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and related eating disorders, in particular, binge eating disorder. It does not look at obesity, or how to diagnose or treat an eating problem that has been caused by another physical or mental disorder
Addictions cover a multiple number of emotional and mental health condidtion. Often caused by not knowing where to turn for help, so trying to treat and control, what is often pain. One thing about addictions, is the vast majority recover from them and have a productive life.
American Site: DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. DrugWatch.com includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.
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Contrary to popular belief, smoking doesn�??t only harm the lungs of a smoker, and cancer isn�??t the only threat to a smoker�??s health. Inhaling tobacco smoke can cause damage to most of the body�??s organs and systems.
Although the public understands that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy, the lack of transparent information on the damage that can be done from smoking can also be dangerous.
Cornwall Women's Refuge Trust provides a safe supportive environment for women and children who have escaped domestic violence.
We offer support and advice, empowering victims and survivors of domestic abuse to create or maintain a safer and happier future. We also work with perpetrators of domestic abuse to help challenge and change their behaviours to protect their families and partners.
Whether you have experienced childhood sexual abuse, a recent sexual assault or domestic abuse you can contact us through our helplines or the website. We will help you find the right support for you. We are committed to ensuring our services are accessible to all teenage girls and women.
WRSAC also supports women in Devon & Cornwall involved in the Criminal Justice System through
As a carer you have specific legal rights and entitlements. Knowing your rights can help you to get the support that you need.
These rights for carers include:
�?�the right to have your needs assessed by your local authority,
�?�the right to receive direct payments so that you can chose what services to have, and
�?�rights in the workplace.
Ellena Fries, an experienced Biodynamic Body Psychotherapist, trained with the Gerda Boyesen Institute and ESBPE (European School for Biodynamic Psychology) for five years in Biodynamic Psychology, Body Psychotherapy and Massage. She is also a certificated practitioner for Boyesen's Deep Draining, as well as a Yoga teacher and Reiki Master. Ellena worked with individuals and groups in her own clinic in Cologne, Germany for ten years, before she moved to Cornwall in 2003, where she now lives and works in and near Penzance as a member of the local Complementary Health Initiative (CHI). Ellena offers sessions for individuals and couples and she facilitates groups for body psychotherapy and/or biodynamic massage. Her work is based on the ethical guidelines and training standards of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP). In the Southwest, Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy is not very well known yet. In Penzance
Ellena can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why choose Counselling Directory?
Counselling Directory only lists qualified/registered counsellors and psychotherapists. Every member must send us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover or must be registered with a recognised
There are currently no laws in the UK about the training and registration of hypnotherapists. However, when choosing a hypnotherapist it can be reassuring to know they work to certain levels of good practice. Hypnotherapists can register with a professional association of hypnotherapy with its own code of ethics and those who are members of a professional association will have met certain eligibility requirements.
Osho Leela is one of the UK's leading personal growth centres. Well known for its festivals, parties and celebrations, it is run by a vibrant community in a beautiful house in the heart of the Dorset countryside. For over 11 years we have been welcoming people for courses, trainings and meditations and offering them the chance to stay with us and experience the art of living. Osho Leela is a warm, friendly, creative, meditative space. Whether you are looking for personal growth or further professional training, your experience here will help you get to know yourself and transform your life on all levels.
Space for You offers healing and creative sessions and therapies for people who are feeling vulnerable. We help a spectrum of people with various degrees of stress and distress and welcome people without a need for a referral with the idea of promoting greater health and wellbeing through creativity on an immediate basis. Clients include people going through life changes and challenges and also people with potential or ongoing mental health problems. We are open to anyone who would like to come so long as we feel that we can help them.
Chy-Sawel is Cornish for �??House of Health giving', which appropriately describes the aim of our project. Our vision is to build a Centre that will use our treatment methods and is operational as soon as possible.
For many years there was no adequate provision for the severely mentally ill in Cornwall with the result that patients were institutionalised in various parts of the country, resulting in separation from their families both in time and distance. It is because of the plight of one of these unfortunate people that this project was born. Sandra Breakspeare , who is the inspiration and driving force behind Chy-Sawel, has experienced years of pain and frustration, as the condition of her son gradually deteriorated despite the Health Authorities best efforts.
Out of the FOG is an information site and support group offering help to family members and loved-ones of people who suffer from personality disorders.
Out of the FOG was written and developed by people who have experienced a relationship with a family member, spouse or partner who suffers from a personality disorder.
Personality disorders are serious mental-health conditions which affect millions of people but which are often misunderstood and undiagnosed.
We continually strive to be major mental health, mental health care, psychology and psychiatry resource portal containing links to relevant information, articles on mental illness, fact sheets, forums, software downloads and research sources. Our site objective is to address the needs of professional mental health workers, students and the layperson.
Cornwall SBSG (Suicide Bereavement Support Group) meet on the last Wednesday of the month at All Saints, Church Hall, Higher Town, Truro between 7pm and 9pm... All are most welcome.
Suicide Bereavement Support Group exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
We are a self-help organisation. Many of our volunteers have themselves been bereaved by suicide.
What do we offer?
We offer emotional and practical support in a number of ways...
TCF is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child/children.
We offer support both directly to bereaved families and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.
We recognise that many who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others similarly bereaved and wish to extend the hand of friendship.
The Child Death Helpline is a helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from prebirth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.
FREEPHONE 0800 282 986
Additional Freephone number for ALL mobiles
0808 800 6019
The helpline is open every day throughout the year.
Every evening 19.00 - 22.00
Monday to Friday 10.00 - 13.00
Tuesday and Wednesday 13.00 to 16.00
Your call will be answered by a bereaved parent.
An interpreting service is available.
Talk About Debt
You can solve a serious debt problem if you Talk About your Debt with an expert advisor that offers free and balanced advice on which solutions are available and best for you.
We want you to talk to a highly experienced trusted debt advisor, not an advisor that wants to sell you a solution and maximise profits.
Our Site Is Free
There is no cost associated in asking our service. It's free and will remain so as long as we continue to get support from leading debt advice orgnanisations that support our aims.
Talk About Debt is free and completely independent. In fact we have gone to great lengths to remove all commercial bias from the site.
This is an American site, though we try to keep to just Cornish or UK sites. This one has many great articles about most Emotional and Mental Health conditions... Just remember the telephone numbers are for Americans.
Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Many of our 25,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform our work.
Debt is a basic fact of life for most people – and honestly, that’s usually not much of a problem. Everything from credit cards and student loans to decades-long mortgages are day-to-day realities all across the UK. As long as your debts are under control, you’re probably fine most of the time.
However, there are definitely times when debts start to mount up – and that’s where they can begin to be a problem for more than just your wallet. Debt is a key source of stress, depression and anxiety for many people. The key thing to remember is that you’re not as alone or helpless as you think you are. There are resources out there to help you. Perhaps more importantly, there are ways of making sure your debts never spiral out of control in the first place.
Are you receiving the right benefits? Are you claiming what you are enbtitled to?
Try these links.
We do not like people who claim what they are not entitled to, but if you are entitled, then do not fell to proud to claim.
You, like many people, may be missing out on financial help that is may be available to you through welfare benefits and tax credits - particularly if you are bringing up children, on a low income, are retired, have a disability or care for someone.
Turn2us and Entitledto are working together to make sure you get the benefits you are entitled to (for more information see our press release on the partnership between Turn2Us and Entitledto). You can use our simple benefits checker to work out what you could claim. This is free to use.
This calculator is designed to give you an idea of the benefits and tax credits you may be entitled to. It should not be relied upon to determine your eligibility for benefits, tax credits or entitlements. Please read our disclaimer.
People who are sick or have a disability
If you are ill or disabled, depending on your circumstances, you might have the right to the welfare benefits detailed below:
If you follow the links, we tell you more about each benefit, who can claim it, how much you can get, how to apply, and where to go for further help.
See also Frequently Asked Questions about Benefits.
This information has been produced by Citizens Advice.
Date of publication: 5 November 2008
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Treliske Truro Cornwall. The cark park is costly... if possible use the Park and Ride at Threemilestone. If you have a concession bus pass, it costs you nothing, everyone else just a pound return. Buses stop within the hospital grounds (every 10 minutes)