NHS in Leeds encourages people to access mental health services as city enters Tier 3

As Leeds enters Tier 3 after a month of national coronavirus restrictions, the local NHS is urging people to reach out for mental health support if they need it.

Following the end of the national lockdown on 2 December, Leeds residents have now been placed in the highest level of restrictions in the Government’s tier system, to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the city. Separate households will be banned from mixing indoors, in hospitality venues and private gardens, and are urged to avoid travelling out of Leeds.

With physical and social isolation taking a toll on many people’s mental wellbeing, the NHS in Leeds is encouraging people who are struggling with their mental health to access the support services available across the city.

Dr Gwyn Elias, GP and Clinical Lead for Mental Health for NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Although national lockdown has now come to an end, we know that the local Tier 3 restrictions will inevitably have a negative impact on people’s mental health, particularly being unable to spend time with friends and family.

“Amid the uncertainty, we want to remind people in Leeds of the range of mental health support available to them, including self-help resources, helplines and crisis services. The starting point is the MindWell website, which has a wealth of information and guides, as well as links to key services.

“If you feel you need to speak to someone, we also have a mental health support line, which provides confidential support, advice, information and guidance for anyone concerned about their mental health available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“The NHS is still here for you, and we encourage anyone who is struggling with their mental wellbeing to reach out for support.”

Notes for editors

Anyone registered with a Leeds GP can call the new mental health helpline on 0800 183 0558. The service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and complements mental health services already available in Leeds. These include:

  • MindWell is the mental health website for people in Leeds. The site includes a coronavirus mental health information hub which brings together information about self-help resources for mental health and where people in Leeds can find help for their mental health as well as practical offers of support during the Covid-19 pandemic: www.mindwell-leeds.org.uk.
  • Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service is for anyone aged 17+ registered with a Leeds GP and provides support and psychological therapies for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. The service also provides online therapy courses and self-management tools which are available at any time day and night to help with a wide range of issues including stress and anxiety, mindfulness, depression and bereavement. Help is available immediately through online courses at https://leeds.omnitherapy.org/
  • Children and young people can visit the MindMate website for information and support about their emotional health and wellbeing: www.mindmate.org.uk

Support for people in crisis is also available:

  • Connect – a survivor-led local helpline which offers emotional support and information to people in Leeds every night from 6pm-2am on 0808 800 1212. Connect also provides online support through instant chat for people – www.lslcs.org.uk. Connect specialises in working with people at risk of suicide and self-harm and those with complex mental health needs.
  • Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (LYPFT) Single Point of Access (SPA) – if you, or someone you’re worried about, needs urgent care or treatment for a mental health crisis call the SPA on 0300 300 1485 (open 24/7, every day).

Anyone whose life is in immediate danger should call 999.

Up to date information about coronavirus

To check the latest Government guidance, including information about Tier 3 restrictions, visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For up to date health information, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/