If you or someone with you is experiencing a mental health crisis, call 111 to get help from the right place.
If yours or someone else’s life is at risk then call 999 or go to A&E, for example if they taken an overdose or have a serious injury.
People in Wokingham Borough have told us that they want to see mental health support prioritised. Our ‘What Matter’s Most’ report showed that collectively people want better access to help at the time they need it most and more information about the types of support available.
Wokingham Wellbeing Service
Wellbeing workers from Oxfordshire Mind work with people ages 18 and over with mild to moderate mental health needs to help them develop tools and techniques to increase their wellbeing. You do not need to be diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Wellbeing workers can help with stress, lifestyle or social issues that may be affecting your wellbeing. This is not a counselling service and workers are unable to prescribe medication.
If you think this could help you then you can contact us and we can refer you or talk to your GP who can refer you. Once the referral is made you will be contacted within 3 days by the wellbeing service for an initial discussion.
This NHS service offers support to people aged 17 and over who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or phobias.
You can read more about the service and how to refer yourself here or talk to your GP who can refer you. You will be offered a telephone assessment to understand the difficulties you are facing and offer the most appropriate therapy including, computer-based therapy, various courses, workshops, face-to-face therapy and counselling.
Recovery college provides education on a range of topics that could benefit your mental health and wellbeing. You can select the courses that will help you to explore possibilities and rebuild a better life. These courses are co-produced, devised and delivered by people with personal experience of mental illness working together with mental health professionals.
You can visit the website to find out more and fill in a referral form or contact the friendly team on 0778 989 0707
Citizen’s Advice Wokingham
Citizen’s Advice Wokingham run the ‘One Front Door’ service and can help with finding services to support your mental health and addressing issues such as debt and domestic violence that may be negatively affecting your wellbeing. Call 0300 330 1189 or 0118 978 7258
The Breathing Space
The Berkshire West Breathing Space service is a safe, welcoming and supportive space for anybody aged over 18 experiencing emotional distress and struggling to cope. Whatever the reason for you feeling distressed or in crisis – they're there to help you.
They are available to provide support every Friday to Monday evening, from 5pm until 11pm. You can access Breathing Space in person at the central Reading hub, online via video chat, or on the phone.
Local volunteer led support groups
Anxious? Sad? Depressed? Isolated? Don’t suffer alone. Depression Xpression run Monthly support groups in Wokingham. They have speakers or demonstrations on relevant topics and offer a chance to share with friendly, non-judgemental peers. To book a place at a Monthly meeting visit https://depressionxpression.org.uk/
Mental Health Mates
A peer support group organising walk and talk events for those with mental health difficulties and their friends and family. They meet twice a Month for a walk and a cuppa afterwards.
Whatever you are going through Samaritans will help you face it. They are available to talk 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123
Information and support for your mental health. https://www.mind.org.uk/
Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service. You can text from wherever you are in the UK. By texting the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 you will start a conversation with a trained Shout Volunteer, who will text you back and forth, sharing only what you feel comfortable with.
Campaign against living miserably (CALM)
A phoneline and online chat open 5pm-midnight every day of the year. CALM are there to support people who need to talk or find information and support for mental health difficulties. https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/
Every mind matters
You can find information to support your wellbeing and make a free NHS plan that includes tailored advice to help you manage your mental health https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/
If you have used these services and have experience that you would like to feedback then you can contact Healthwatch on 0118 418 1418 between the hours of 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org