Get the support you need in Wakefield
Anyone can feel low, alone and even suicidal.
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Below, you can find links to support services in Wakefield.
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Creating Hope Through Language
The West Yorkshire Suicide Prevention Programme has created a language advice guide called 'Creating Hope Through Language', offering advice on what to say/what not to say.
Warning signs and what to say
Guidance, called the Ask, Assist, Act, provides information about the signs that someone might be feeling suicidal and what you can say to help them. It has been created by MECC Link - Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Community of Improvement, a network supported by Yorkshire and Humber Public Health.
'20 minutes to save a life' video
Watch a 20-minute suicide awareness video from Zero Suicide Alliance (viewable on smart phones).
West Yorkshire Suicide Bereavement Service
West Yorkshire Suicide Bereavement Service provides practical and emotional support to people who have been affected by a suicide bereavement.
NHS Northern Gambling Service
The NHS Northern Gambling Service provides specialist addiction therapy and recovery to people affected by gambling addiction, as well as those with mental health problems. They also provide help to people close to those with gambling addiction. They have clinics in Leeds, Sunderland and Manchester.
Andy’s Man Club
Andy’s Man Club offers real, non-judgmental, talking groups for men aged 18+. The charity is based nationally across the UK. They meet every Monday at 7pm (except bank holidays).
Giving Advice and Support to People in Emotional Distress (GASPED)
GASPED provides help around mental health issues including addictive behaviours, suicide and domestic abuse against men.
Phone: 01924 787501
GASPED provides drop-in sessions. Anyone who identifies as male is welcome to come along and chat.
Call: 01924 787501
Groups include a Man's Matters coffee morning for men every other Thursday morning, 10:00am-12:30pm at The Ridings shopping centre, Wakefield; and at Oasis Christian Centre, Exchange Street, South Elmsall, on Wednesdays 2-4pm.
Offload - Rugby League Cares
The Offload project involves men engaging with current and former players to learn the techniques clubs use to manage players’ mental and physical fitness. Featherstone: Wednesday 6.15pm – Millennium Stadium, WF7 5EN.
MINT - Men In Need Together
MINT provides free weekly support groups for all men to attend and talk about their struggles in a peer-to-peer setting, with at least one facilitator. In Wakefield, MINT meets at The Ridings
Shopping Centre, Almhouse Lane, every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9pm.
S.M.a.S.H. MH (Self-Management and Self Help for Mental Health)
An independent community group organised and run by volunteers. The groups are drop-ins, so there is no need to book a place or commit to attending on a monthly basis. The group is for anyone who wishes to improve their self-management skills to manage their mental health.. These groups offer a space for people to come together in an informal environment, where they can share tips, ideas and make new friends over a cuppa in a fun, supportive atmosphere. There is a small charge towards refreshments. Contact via phone on 07867514031, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook through messaging the 'Smash Wakefield' page.
West Yorkshire 24-hour mental health helpline
You can phone the West Yorkshire 24-hour mental health helpline, free, on 0800 183 0558. It provides confidential support, advice and information to anyone over 18 who is concerned about their mental health or worried about a family member or someone they care for.
Choose Well is a guide to help adults in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield to ‘choose well’ when looking after their mental health and wellbeing. You can download the Choose Well Guide in both English and Urdu.
Health Watch Wakefield
Health Watch Wakefield provides links to information, support and advice, news items and updates for your mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health Support
Wakefield Council's website has a dedicated webpage for mental health support services.
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust offers 24/7 open access to mental health services:
Adults (aged 18+) – 01924 316900
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) – 01977 735865
People with a learning disability – 01977 465435
Wakefield Safe Space
The Wakefield Safe Space is open to anyone aged 16+ in crisis in the Wakefield district. It is a partnership between Touchstone, Spectrum People and Gasped.
Phone: 07776 962815 (Every day except Wednesdays, from 6pm-12am). For more information view the service's flyer here.
Women - Well Women Centre
The Well Women Centre is a charity based in Wakefield providing mental health, emotional and practical support in a women-only space. Supporting women of 16 and above at its premises in the centre of Wakefield and outreach. Phone 01924 211 114 or email email@example.com.
SMaSH (Self-Management and Self Help for Mental Health)
SMasH is an independent community group run by volunteers. The group holds informal drop-in sessions, with a cupp and supportive atmosphere, for anyone who wants to improve skills to manage their mental health. Small charge for refreshments. Contact 07867 514031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook through the 'Smash Wakefield' page.
PARENTS Online offers text-based emotional support to parents/carers who may have experienced separation from children or a relationship breakdown, which is a key factor in suicide. The service can be used anonymously and is staffed by trained peer support workers with their own lived experience of parenting. Available Monday-Friday 6pm-9pm.
Battle Scars provides a Peer support group for anybody affected by self-harm: those who self-harm and those supporting them.
Harmless is a user-led organisation that provides a range of services about self-harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm and those at risk of suicide. They also offer support and training to service users’ friends, families and professionals who are involved in their care.
5 Towns Veterans
5 Towns Veterans support armed forces veterans who are in need.
Combat Stress is a charity for veterans' mental health. They help former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.
Freephone: 0800 138 1619 (available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year).
Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service
Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service provides an enhanced service for military veterans who have service attributable, complex mental health problems many of whom will have experienced trauma, which has not been resolved earlier in the care/support pathway.
Wakefield Council's Cost of Living support
Wakefield Council's Cost of Living Support page offers information on topics such as housing, benefits, energy and finances, as well as help with jobs and health.
Night OWLS - If a child or young person you care for is in a crisis and you are concerned about their emotional wellbeing contact Night OWLS.
Freephone: 0300 2003900 (available 8pm–8am every day for children, young people, parents and carers across West Yorkshire).
Phone: 07708 471670
Wakefield Awareness Support Project (WASP)
WASP is a collaboration between KIDS and Barnardo’s. The service supports children and young people’s emotional wellbeing, particularly where a young person experiences anxiety and low mood as a result of an Autism Spectrum Condition or were not diagnosed but has identified social, communication and interaction difficulties or other neuro-developmental disorders.
WF-I-CAN is a place for children and young people to find information and advice.