Mental Health Hub

Welcome to our Mental Health Hub. We understand and value the importance of both physical and mental health. We hope this section of the website will be a point of information for you, family members and friends to use with regards to understanding mental health and accessing support.

It includes information about local services located here at the medical centre and includes information about the next steps you can take regarding accessing support.

Frequently asked questions

What is mental health?
Mental health is emotional, psychological and social wellbeing, it is important in every stage of life and determines how we cope, deal with stress and relate to others.

What causes mental health problems?
Certain factors can impact our mental health, it can be a combination of things.

What could I do if I’m worried about my mental health?
If you are concerned, the information on this website may be helpful and you are encouraged to speak with someone either within your support network or at your local GP practise. Alternatively, if you do not feel ready for that you can contact the Samaritans, access online support from the various links on this site.

What is depression?
Depression is often the presentation of persistent low mood in combination with a lack of enjoyment, reduced concentration, appetite and energy disturbed or excessive sleep, feelings of guilt and or worthlessness and feeling of agitation or being slowed down in movements and speech.

What is anxiety?
Anxiety Is a normal response within our body, which can often lead to worry and physical anxiety symptoms like racing heart, rapid breathing, becoming hot and may be feeling dizzy. However, when an anxiety response is occurring often and the symptoms impact negatively on your life, it may be you consider treatment or such difficulties.

People here to support you

Social Prescribing
Philippa Dove – Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Primary Care Cheshire
Kate Mooney- Social Prescribing Link Worker Healthbox

Social prescribing helps you explore extra services that may support you to improve your health and wellbeing. as ‘linking people to community well-being services’ regarding non-medical problems.  We can talk with you about the issues that you are facing and find the right services to support you for example: financial, benefits, housing, education, training, employment, health and lifestyle and creative activities.

Self help and Information

You may feel you would like to understand a little more about common mental health problems before contacting us. Below are a list of useful websites which provide information about common mental health difficulties and offer some steps you can take to overcome them.

Self help websites

Books on Prescription

Your local library can provide access to lots of helpful books regarding mental health and wellbeing via ‘reading well books on prescription’. Please click here.

To join your local library use please click here.

Depression

Self help information

Books to read

  • Overcoming Depression 3rd Edition: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural technique. By Paul Gilbert
  • Introduction to Coping with Depression (Overcoming: Booklet series). By Lee Brosan

Videos to watch

Anxiety

Books to read

  • Overcoming Panic, 2nd Edition: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques. By Prof V Manicavasagar and Prof D Silove
  • An Introduction to Coping with Panic (An Introduction to Coping series). By C Young

Video to watch

Worry

Book to read

Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder, 2nd Edition (Overcoming Books): A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques by M Freeston and K Meares

Stress

Self help information

Video to watch

Sleep

Self help information

Try keeping a diary

Book to read

  • Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems : A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques by C Espie

Video to watch

Postnatal depression

Self help information

Video to watch

Bereavement

Self help information

Local counselling service

Book to read

Overcoming Grief: A self help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques by Sue Morris

Gambling

National gambling helpline 0808 8020 133

Self help information

Book to read

Overcoming Gambling Addiction, 2nd Edition: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques by A Blaszczynski

ADHD for Adults

Self help information

Mindfullness

Self help information

Videos to watch

Relaxation

Videos to watch

Helpful Apps for Mental Health

  • Beat Panic guiding you through a panic attack and episode of heightened anxiety
  • CALM app to support sleep and meditation
  • Calm Harm an app designed to help people to resist the urge to self harm
  • Chill Panda an app to help you learn to relax, from simple breathing techniques to exercises
  • FearFighter online course to support those with anxiety, phobias and panic and anxiety
  • Feeling good positive mindset – audio tracks to help build confidence and positive mindset
  • Headspace learn to manage feelings and thoughts and improve sleep through meditation
  • My Possible Self understand your mental health, manage anxiety fear and stress and track your symptoms
  • Stress & Anxiety Companion learn to handle stress and anxiety and cope better, help calm your mind with relaxation music, breathing exercises and games

What to do in a crisis

Suicidal thoughts are often experienced during a mental health crisis, if you feel that you are unable to keep yourself safe please attend your local A& E, if you do not feel you can do this call 999 to call for an ambulance.

Changes in your mental health should be reviewed with you GP or community mental health practitioner. A safe space is also offered in Chester is No. 71 Spider Project.

No.71 Spider Project

If you experiencing a crisis of any kind, feel may feel overwhelmed and unable to cope, No71 is here for you. You can call us any time between 10am and midnight, seven days per week. We are also open for face-to-face crisis response.

Our staff will help you through your crisis, empower you to access the support you need and to build your resilience for the future. There are lots of activities to get involved in, both one-to-one and in groups.

Sometimes we feel talking to someone would be helpful, useful services to contact in this instance are:

  • Crisis Line  0800 145 6458
  • Childline 0800 1111
  • Samaritans 116 123

Virtual Workshops

Here at the medical centre we run a series virtual workshops which enable our patients to access mental health psychoeducation quickly. 

These sessions are information classes, designed to provide you with information regarding common mental health difficulties and their management.  You do not have to speak during these sessions, and you will not be required to turn your cameras on. You can just listen to the information being discussed.  

The workshop will last 1 hour and will take place on Microsoft Teams. During an initial appointment it will be agreed that this is an appropriate next step you and you will be sent an invite.  

During the workshop time will be taken to discuss and understand the causes, development and maintenance of difficulties such as depression and anxiety.  You will also learn strategies which we encourage you apply once the session is completed.

After attending the workshop a follow up appointment will be arranged for you and during this time you can discuss any further goals you wish to achieve regarding you mental health or ongoing concerns. 

What to do next

If you feel you would benefit from speaking with us here at the surgery regarding your mental health, please call the surgery on 01244 680169 and an appointment will be arranged at the earliest opportunity. 

You will be offered a brief telephone appointment in the first instance; it will be during this appointment that together we agree a plan regarding next steps in your care. 

We look forward to speaking with you. 


Page updated: 21 March, 2022