Mental health and wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 takes place from 16-22 May 2016, with the theme of relationships.

The Mental Health Foundation, who lead the Mental Health Awareness Week campaign nationally, are lobbying national governments, public bodies and employers to promote good relationships and to tackle the barriers to forming them, including mounting pressures on work–life balance and the impact of bullying and unhealthy relationships.

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But they have a challenge for the public too. They are asking everyone to go the extra mile in prioritising their relationships, by calling on people to make a relationship resolution: to assess how much time we actively commit to building and maintaining good relationships, and to ask whether we can invest more in being present with and listening to friends, family and colleagues.

Find out more about how you can connect with others from the Five Ways to Wellbeing Website:

Mental Health Awareness Week events across Warwickshire:

Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire


South Warwickshire

Struggling to cope?

Consider using the Five Ways to Wellbeing to build wellbeing into your daily life:

  • take time out to enjoy your local surroundings;
  • learn a new skill;
  • meet a friend;
  • support a local charity; or
  • do some activity such as walking or dancing.

Doing something that makes you feel good, will also help you to function well. A little ‘me-time’ is time well spent. Think of it as an investment in you!

Find out more

Mental Health and Wellbeing Services available to support you:

If you are struggling to cope or feeling low, don’t wait for things to get too much.

There are a range of mental health and wellbeing services and support available across Warwickshire that can help you to improve your wellbeing and support you during difficult times.

The range of services can be accessed in different ways: there are face-to-face services, books, e-books and audio CDs, an online community resource and a telephone helpline.

All are there to support you if you are struggling to cope, feeling low, or overwhelmed. Your mental health and wellbeing is really important, and can be improved. The first thing is to recognise you may need a bit of extra support to take control and seek help.

Here are some of the services that can help:

Warwickshire Wellbeing Hubs (face to face support)

Warwickshire Well-being Hubs
Warwickshire Wellbeing hubs are available across Warwickshire and provide the following services.

One to one sessions
One-to-one support sessions offer practical support on a one-to-one basis for individuals with issues affecting their mental health and wellbeing

People can self-refer for one-to-one support sessions which are free of charge. The type of support provided may include providing helpful information, identifying and signposting to other local services, finding practical solutions to difficulties.

Drop in
Drop in sessions – no appointment is required for these twice-weekly sessions. Facilities include a cafe, free internet access and the opportunity to browse ‘Books on Prescription’.

Community outreach
Community outreach sessions are held in various locations in local communities. Wellbeing Hubs can also offer sessions for existing community groups on enhancing wellbeing. For details of outreach sessions and to enquire about wellbeing sessions for a community group, please contact your local Wellbeing Hub

Contact details for the Wellbeing Hubs:

North Warwickshire
St Peter’s Church Hall School Room,
Phone: 02476 848128 / 02476 848133


97 Leicester Road,
CV12 8AH
Phone: 02476 848128 / 02476 848133


183 Queens Road,
CV11 5NB
Phone: 02476 848128 / 02476 848133


28 Cromwell Road,
CV22 5LY
Phone: 01788 544105


The Saltway centre,
Alcester Road,
Stratford upon Avon, CV37 9DD
Phone: 01789 298615


2 Southborough Terrace,
Leamington Spa,
CV31 2DT
Phone: 01789 298615


The Old Bank
45 Coten End
Warwick. CV34 4NT
Phone: 01926 419227


Books on Prescription (self-help books, e-books and audio CDs)

Reading Well Books on Prescription (BOP) helps people manage their own health and well-being through recommended self-help books, audio CDs and e-books. The books and CDs help with a range of commonly experienced mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and stress.  There is also a collection for those with dementia and their carers and relatives.​

Resources are available to borrow from Warwickshire County Council libraries and e-books can be loaned from the Books on Prescription website – to view the website click here.

You can also request the books through Warwickshire’s Community Managed Libraries.  GPs, health and social care professionals can also ‘prescribe’ titles in the collection. Please ask your health or social care practitioner for details.

Big White Wall (online)


Big White Wall


About the Big White Wall: Big White Wall is a safe online community of people who help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals.

Community members can:

  • post discussions and gain advice and support from others.
  • take tests to find out more about how they are feeling, set goals and find ways to cope better.
  • read effective  self-help information.
  • join groups to help with issues such as low mood, anxiety and worry.
  • access the service from their smart phones and tablets.

Available 24/7, with no waiting lists, Big White Wall is completely anonymous, so people can express themselves freely and openly. Professionally trained ‘Wall Guides’ ensure the safety and anonymity of all members using the site.

A review of Big White Wall found that:

  •  73% of people using the site shared an issue for the first time
  •  80% of people were able to manage how they were feeling without needing to access other help and support
  •  95% reported improved wellbeing

Watch this quick 2 minute video  to find out how Big White Wall works.

Who is it suitable for? Big White Wall is for anyone aged 16 or over who wants to improve their mental health. The most common reasons for joining are depression and anxiety, but it’s also for people experiencing other mental health problems. The service may also be useful for carers and people who have been bereaved.

How do I access it? To register to the use the service, Warwickshire residents should go to the big white wall website click on the ‘join now’ option in the top right corner, and then insert their Warwickshire Postcode in the United Kingdom section.

Big White Wall is also freely available to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families, and they should choose the UK Armed Forces option in the ‘join now’ area.

For support with further information about the service, Warwickshire residents can also contact their local Wellbeing Hub, who can advise about this service, and a range of other options available to help – see below under ‘Feeling stressed, worried, low or concerned about your  mental health’.

Will I have to pay? Public Health, at Warwickshire County Council is undertaking a trial of this service and it is currently available free of charge to people living in Warwickshire, including students living in the County. 

Further information below on other services available in Warwickshire


Physical activity and mental health

Being physically active can help to:

  •  Make you feel good
  •  Give you more energy
  •  Reduce stress and help you sleep better
  •  Keep your heart ‘strong’ and reduce blood pressure
  •  Help to manage your weight

There are lots of ways that you can be active; find out more about local opportunities to be active, including the Fitter Futures Warwickshire and Walking 4 Health Schemes.

Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Service

Being physically active is important for staying healthy and can help to improve mental health and wellbeing and to help people to live well with dementia.

This Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyle on Referral service (previously called Exercise on Referral) is part of Fitter Futures Warwickshire. This service offers people with a diagnosis of early to mid-stage dementia the opportunity to take part in a 12 week personalised physical activity/healthy lifestyle programme delivered by exercise referral qualified fitness instructors.  There is a charge for the service but this is discounted wherever possible. Carers are welcome to watch the person they care for or attend and pay for themselves if they meet the referral criteria. The service is provided across Warwickshire and co-ordinated by Nuneaton and Bedworth Leisure Trust.

Ask your GP, practice nurse or health or social care professional for more information and to refer you to the service. For more information, please visit:  Tel. 024 7640 0594

Please visit Warwickshire Direct: keeping active webpages for information on a range of other opportunities to be active in Warwickshire.

Specialist mental health support and services in Warwickshire

Information about a range of services to support people in Warwickshire with mental health conditions.
You might need a referral to access these services. Further details of what each service provides and how services can be accessed are included for each service.

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust

Providing a wide range of mental health services for children, young adults, adults and older people. For details of adult mental health services (including community services, Improving access to psychological therapy (IAPT), rehabilitation, inpatient and day treatment) please click here.
For details of children and adolescents mental health services (CAMHS), please click here.

Making Space (Warwickshire User Involvement Service)

Making Space provides the Warwickshire User Involvement Service for adults (over the age of 18) who have accessed mental health services. Making Space involves users of mental health services in a variety of activities that can help to shape developments to improve people’s lives. This may include forums, meetings, training, service reviews and involvement in campaigns and events.

Contact details: Making Space
Tel: 01926 679207
Address: Making Space, Unit 38, Pure Offices
Lake View House, Tournament Fields Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6RG
Making space

Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is provided for people who are detained under qualifying sections of the Mental Health Act, either formally as a patient detained in hospital, or people on a Community Treatment Order, or under guardianship. Statutory IMHA Services in Warwickshire are also complemented with community mental health advocacy, which is provided to patients who are not on statutory qualifying sections of the Mental Health Act, but are vulnerable and require support to resolve issues within hospital and community settings.

Contact details: VoiceAbility
Tel: 0300 222 5947

For details of other mental health advocacy services in Warwickshire, please click here.

Warwickshire Mental Health Employment Services

The Warwickshire Mental Health Employment Service provides employment and training services to people with mental health problems. The services helps people access employment, retain their jobs and regain their self confidence and independence.
The service is provided by Rethink Mental Illness and is available to people who are living in Warwickshire and/or are receiving mental health services in Warwickshire.

Contact details:
Telephone: 02476 673938
Please also see the section ‘Feeling stressed, worried, low or concerned about your mental health’ for details of other providers who offer support for mental health and wellbeing.

Together for mental wellbeing

Together is a national charity working alongside people with mental health issues on their journey towards independent and fulfilling lives.
Together provide home based community support in Warwickshire.

North Warwickshire South Warwickshire
Phone: 02476 320 853
SMS: Text warks2 and your message to 82727 Email:
Phone: 01789 294 120
SMS: Text warks3 and your message to 82727 Email:

Mental health services and support for young people

For young people
Information on services and support aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people including:

  • what the service offers
  • how to access support
  • who can access the service (i.e. age range)
  • who can refer you (if a referral is needed)

Sorted! self-help books aim to help young people get through life, covering common problems and situations, such as parents separating, the loss of someone close, eating disorders, anger management and self-esteem. All of the books are available to borrow from Warwickshire Libraries and in schools and colleges.

Provides help, advice and support both face to face and online for children and young people up to 18 concerned about their emotional well-being.

MHISC (Mental Health Interventions for School Children)
Short term support for children and young people with a Common Assessment Framework(CAF) that have emotional wellbeing needs. Common Assessment Framework (CAF) – For those children and young people with an open CAF, mental health interventions are available for those with emotional well-being needs.

Respect Yourself website

Happy Being You
Offers information and support for young people to develop their physical and mental health and wellbeing. It also provides useful links to other services.

Journeys aim to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of looked after children and young people living in Coventry and Warwickshire

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Comprehensive range of services providing help and treatment to children and young people experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties, or mental health problems, disorders and illnesses. These services are available to children and young people up to their 17th birthday. Referral is through professionals such as GPs and educational psychologists.

Other useful links to services or opportunities that may enhance mental health and wellbeing:
Support for carers (including Young Carers) 
Support for children and families
Healthy eating and healthy weight (includes services for overweight children)
Keeping active (Including programmes and opportunities that young people can access) 
Health information on alcohol (Including services for people under 18)
Health information on drugs (Including services for people under 18) 

This  leaflet  explains the referral criteria that child and adolescent mental health services across Coventry and Warwickshire use for different emotional well-being and mental health issues.

Mental Health Matters helpline – available 24/7

For mental health emotional support please contact the Mental Health Matters helpline – available 24/7

Telephone: 0800 616171 (at busy periods you may need to leave a message, and one of the advisers will call you back)

SMS: 07786 202242

Web chat: Do you need to talk to someone quickly but find the idea of talking on the phone about your problems difficult? Contact live support online.

If you are experiencing emotions or behaviours that are difficult or hard to manage, we suggest that you speak to your GP.


Mental health and wellbeing was last updated on May 17, 2016.