Mental health services
Information about mental health services in Somerset.
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Christmas and New Year 2023 help with your mental health
Where to get help over the festive period?
We know the festive season can be a difficult time for many struggling with their mental health. In Somerset you can get support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when you are struggling with poor mental health.
Mindline Live Web Chat is available every day from 8pm-11pm or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crisis Safe Space is an out-of-hours service provided by our partners Mind in Somerset and Second Step for anyone who feels like they are really struggling with their mental health. Instead of going to A&E, making an urgent doctor’s appointment, or suffering in silence, you can arrange a one-to-one session with a member of the Crisis Safe Space, who will be willing to listen and be able to help you. Sessions are being held either face-to-face or virtually depending on the location.
Mental health support is available from a number of services. This section provides an overview of the services in Somerset.
Community Mental Health Services
In Somerset, community mental health services are provided by Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.
Information on the service provided and how to access it is provided on the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust Website.
Open Mental Health
Open Mental Health is a Somerset alliance of local voluntary organisations, the NHS and social care. We are working in partnership to ensure that residents of Somerset get the support they need, when they need it.
Lots of things can impact our mental health. We have come together to provide 24/7 support to adults in Somerset. Whatever the worry - anxiety, debt, employment, housing, low mood, addiction - we're here to help.
Open Mental Health supports people to live a full life by enabling access to specialist mental health support, debt and employment advice, volunteering opportunities, community activities, and exercise.
Our service is available to adults in Somerset who are experiencing mental health problems. The organisations in the alliance form part of a wider ecosystem of mental health and wellbeing support across somerset. By working in partnership, we want to ensure that there is 'no wrong door' for anyone who needs help.
Contact Open Mental Health
Anybody who is in need of mental health support can call Mindline Somerset on 0800 138 1692 (freephone) or 01823 276892 (local call rate) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email SUPPORT@OPENMENTALHEALTH.ORG.UK.
Mental Health Support
If you, or someone you know, needs mental health support and guidance you can contact the following:
- Samaritans provide confidential emotional support if you are anxious, depressed or suicidal. Call the 24-hour helpline 08457 90 90 90
- MIND Infoline offers advice and support information. Lines are open 9.00am – 6.00pm Mon – Fri except bank holidays. Call 0300 123 3393
- Saneline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering emotional support for people in mental distress. They are open between everyday between 4.30pm – 10.30pm. Call 0300 304 7000
- MindLine Somerset is a confidential listening service providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. Their emotional support and mental health helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 01823 276 892
- MindLine Trans+ provide a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary. Lines are open Mondays and Friday evenings between 8.00pm and midnight. Call 0300 330 5468
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services across the county to support people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Visit their website for more information: Mental health crisis – Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (somersetft.nhs.uk)
If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm – either to yourself or someone else – then phone 999.
Children and Young People's Mental Health Services
The Somerset Emotional and Mental Health Route Map provides a brief overview of some of the key services and support avenues to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Somerset.
Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health services are provided by Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Find out more about the service and how to access it on the Somerset Child and Adolescent Mental Health services webpage.
Young Somerset's Wellbeing Service
Young Somerset's wellbeing service offers free wellbeing support for young people experiencing low level mental health needs. Find out more here on the Young Somerset website.
Kooth is a free, interactive website for children and young people, accessible on all devices. It is a safe, confidential online mental health service where young people can receive counselling, advice and support for their emotional wellbeing. The therapy team are qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. They work closely together and know about other services, so the young people they work with can be signposted to the best information and support.
Pregnant women and new parent mental health services
Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. If left untreated, it can have significant and long lasting effects.
More advice on perinatal mental health services can be found on the Somerset Health and Wellbeing website.
Mental Health Services Commissioning
Somerset’s Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Commissioning Team support the health and wellbeing of the people of Somerset by putting them at the heart of the way our mental health services are designed and commissioned.
Find out more about our commissioning work on our mental health programme page.