Mental Health & Wellbeing

Over 18 and need a bit of professional help? You can refer yourself!

The York and Selby IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), offer psychological treatments for stress, anxiety and depression to anyone under the care of a GP in the Vale of York area. IAPT Self Referral

Depression, anxiety or any kind of emotional stress are part of everyday life and can be a real challenge. Sometimes people are able to deal with this by themselves or with the help of family and friends by making simple changes. However, some professional help be may needed and The York and Selby IAPT can provide this. You don’t need to see your GP to be referred to this service. 

If you are registered with a GP in the Vale of York area, experiencing mild to moderate depression or anxiety disorders and not already receiving NHS mental health services, IAPT is available to people 17 years of age and over and you can refer yourself (click on the sub-heading opposite for York & Selby Talking Therapies) or you can contact them direct by telephoning  01904 556 840  to discuss self-referral, or alternatively browse their website for more information and other services they provide, by clicking here.  You can also make an appointment with your GP to discuss your concerns.

IAPT is NOT a crisis or urgent response service, please either contact your GP if you feel you need help in a crisis/urgent response situation, dial NHS 111, ring Samaritans on 116 123.

Mental Health Crisis/Urgent Response Service

The Crisis Team are available to call on 01904 615 348

You might be in crisis if:                               

  • you are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide seems the only option
  • you are experiencing extreme distress that seems overwhelming, which may relate to current/past trauma
  • you are experiencing psychotic episodes (loss of sense of reality, hallucinations, hearing voices) and / or other behaviour that seems out of control or irrational and that is likely to endanger the person or others.

Advice on what to do in a crisis can also be found on the TEWV Crisis website HERE

MindMate (for Young people under 18)

How are you feeling?

If you’re a young person, life can be challenging. Family life, friends, school and many other things can leave you feeling stressed, sad, lonely or worried. The most important thing to remember is you’re not alone and looking for support and advice is exactly the right thing to do. MindMate can help you understand the way you are feeling and find the right advice and where support is available.  Click on the link  

The MindMate website also has resources for parents or carers of young people.

Kooth (10-18 Years)

Same day access to free, NHS-commissioned, accredited mental health support. Any young person aged 10-18 can sign up anonymously online. No waiting lists, no thresholds.

Keeping your Mind Healthy and what to do if you are Struggling

There are small things we can all do to help be kind to your mind, and these can make a big difference to how we feel.

Get expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing and make them part of your daily routine.

Please visit: NHS Every Mind Matters

Mental Health Practitioners in GP Practice

What is a Mental Health Practitioner?

Sometimes referred to as a First Contact Mental Health Practitioner, this member of staff is an experienced professional who can support you with either a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health concern. This could be a number of mental health feelings and symptoms, such as anxiety, low mood, loneliness, grief, hallucinations or stress.

Click here to view a short video explaining who they are and how to make an appointment to see them.

How to Look After Your Mental Health – Top 10 Tips

It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Below are practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to the way you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up a lot of time. Anyone can follow this advice. Why not start today?

  1. Talk about your feelings – talking can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.

2. Keep active – regular exercise can boost your self-esteem, help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. It keeps your brain and other organs healthy and is a significant benefit to improving your mental health.

3. Eat well – your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well.  A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.

4. Drink sensibly – some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary, when the drink wears off you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.

5. Keep in touch – there’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, by phone, via the internet or dropping them a line. Keep the lines of communication open: it’s good for you!

6. Ask for help – none of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go according to plan. If things are getting too much and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help! 

7. Take a break – a change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me time’!

8. Do something you’re good at – what do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself can help beat stress

9. Accept who you are – we’re all different, it’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.

10. Care for others – caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It also helps to see the world from another angle, which can help to put our own problems in perspective. Caring for a pet can improve your wellbeing too