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We will try to help you, with all our shared experience and knowledge or through other appropriate channels, organisations or, where we deem it helpful, to related organisations more suited to meet your particular needs. But since our office is not staffed full time, please do try the following links as well as they may be able to help you sooner and it may be more in their remit:
For legal advice and matters about your rights: Citizens’ Advice Bureau
For medical advice, contact your NHS team or the helpline at: NHS Choices
For immediate crisis advice 24 hours a day, contact: the Samaritans
For information about mental health issues, contact: MIND.
If you know good resources like these and would like others to be aware of them, please post a comment. Some of the following links may be of interest:
Counselling Directory – The Counselling Directory list basic listings for some organisations for information purposes. We do not monitor basic listings and they will not have the Counselling Directory Policy Approved seal. Counselling Directory is not intended as a website for verifying the qualifications, abilities, credentials or professionalism of any counsellor/psychotherapist listed and is not responsible for any member listed in the directory. Although we see a relevant qualification for those not registered with a professional body, an approved listing does not mean that Counselling Directory endorses or accredits that qualification. Counselling Directory does not warrant or represent that the directory or any part thereof is accurate or complete. Counselling Directory disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of fitness for particular purpose.
Working for Wellness – Developed by the London Mental Health and Employment Partnership, which aims to support Londoners with a mental illness into or closer towards meaningful employment, contributing to reducing health inequalities, helping to alleviate child poverty and improving social inclusion.
The Stuart Low Trust – Our mission is to ensure that local people, especially those experiencing social isolation or mental distress, have access to the range of facilities they need to successfully manage their lives. Located in Archway, London.
NIACE - (The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education – England and Wales) is a non-governmental organisation working for more and different adult learners.
Health in Mind have launched a unique telephone counselling service to support male survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Scotland. Known as Trauma Counselling Line Scotland, this is a free and fully confidential service funded by Survivor Scotland. It is intended to help male survivors of such abuse to move on with their lives. The telephone line is staffed by qualified, experienced counsellors. Team Leader Eileen Hone explained the need for this service:
“It’s a counselling service available over the phone, it’s free and men can access it anywhere in Scotland. This has not been available before, there’s nothing else filling this need.” Call free on 08088 020406
GROW St. Leonard’s East Sussex – Grass Roots Open Writers (GROW) is a community writing and publishing group, that particularly welcomes people who need to develop confidence in expressing themselves. Working towards a foundation of literacy, communication and social skills. The organisation is run by the members themselves. Our meetings and events are accessible and friendly. We try to always be aware of our members’ support needs and cater for them, as far as possible. People who write for pleasure, healing, personal growth, insight, perspective or to inform. Our members have produced a broad range of writing, including both formal and informal styles.
Stepping Out Theatre – Formed in 1997, based in Bristol, and with twenty four productions to its credit, Stepping Out Theatre is the country’s leading mental health theatre group. It has produced a wide range of work on mental health themes and is open to people who have used mental health services and their allies. The group runs drama, writing, dance and music workshops and also has members with many other skills. It offers mental health service users the opportunity to work alongside people with professional experience of writing, directing and acting, some of whom are service users themselves.
Disability Arts Online – DAO is dedicated to work by deaf and disabled artists, which reflects on disability as a social and political construct.
Hearing Eye – Hearing Eye is a small independent press established in 1987. One of our distinctive features is that we have kept all our books in print, a policy now abandoned by most publishing houses. We also work very closely with the individual authors in both the production and the presentation of their work.
The History of Mental Health Service User/Survivor Movement Group – The Survivors History Group was founded in April 2005 to value and celebrate the contribution that mental health service users/survivors have made and are making to history. It is working towards a comprehensive history on this site. It will also preserve historical material in digital form, on this site, for easy access, and in printed and other forms.
Poems in the Waiting Room – We at Poems in the Waiting Room are an ‘arts in health’ charity supplying poetry cards for waiting patients. Poetry cards are left in waiting rooms and patients may keep the cards they read as an enduring rather than ephemeral link with poetry. Editions are distributed quarterly on a tri-folded A4 card. The poems cover works from the canon of English verse and contemporary writing. Patient care determines editorial policy. There is no charge to the patient or the health service host. The aims are to promote poetry, to make patient’s visits more pleasant and to express appreciation to health service staff for their care.
B safe 1st always – B safe 1st always “Raising Awareness of Child Abuse and the Consequences in Later Life” is a website created by John Harrison in order to raise awareness of child abuse.
Mslexia – There is nothing like Mslexia Mslexia tells you all you need to know about exploring your creativity and getting into print. No other magazine provides Mslexia’s unique mix of debate and analysis, advice and inspiration; news, reviews, interviews; competitions, events, courses, grants. All served up with a challenging selection of new poetry and prose. Mslexia is read by top authors and absolute beginners. A quarterly masterclass in the business and psychology of writing, it’s the essential magazine for women who write.
Bloodaxe Books – is Britain’s premier poetry publisher, with an international reputation for quality in literature and excellence in design.
Anvil Press - is housed in Neptune House, a building that has been used at various points in its 100-year history as a dance-hall and a printing works. In 1998, Anvil Press celebrated 30 years of publishing with an anthology of poems, chosen and introduced by Peter Jay, drawn from the press’s publications. The book illustrates the range of poets and kinds of poetry which the press values – but is also intended as a browsable bedside book.
Sixties Press – Barry Tebb’s wonderful day-glo Sixties Press productions keep the Apocalyptic flame alive. – JAMES KEERY
Survivors’ Poetry’s Forum – The Survivors’ Poetry Forum is a great place to find a lively community of poets in our community. You can post poetry, items of interest and find out about other survivor poets.
SMART – In 1985 St Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training (SMART) was registered as a Charity to support people affected by mental illness on their path to recovery. The founders recognised the importance of meaningful activity and training as a way to rebuild lives, giving people purpose, confidence and skills. As the Charity grew it also recognised the importance of friends, music, laughter and fun. SMART has 2 doors, one that faces the mental health hospital, and another that backs on to the wider Chelsea community. You are welcome to visit us through either.