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Focusline Leicestershire

Focusline is a helpline for people experiencing mental health difficulties.  People living mental health conditions, their support network, or mental health professionals can all call to get a supportive, non-judgmental, listening respone in a crisis situation or for information on other services available to them locally or nationally.

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http://www.rethink.org.uk
08000272127
Helpline is open from 5pm untill 1am weekdays, weekends and bank holidays.
Self-referral
Free
IAPT – Open Mind (Let’s Talk Wellbeing)
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Open Mind is a service that provides psychological assessment and treatment for what are known as mild to moderate common mental health problems, which 1 in 4 of us will suffer with at some stage in our lives.

It is normal to experience changes in your mood and behaviour at times of stress and emotional upset. Your physical health may also affect your mood and stress levels. If these changes continue to affect you, then the Open Mind service could help.

We provide specialised skilled and accredited practitioners who are able to provide psychological therapies (talking therapies) for people experiencing common difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and stress.

Therapies are based on guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). They include courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling for Depression, Mindfulness Based CBT (MBCT) groups, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Guided Self-Help Education and Group therapies.
How to Refer

You may be eligible for help if you are aged 18 or over and registered with a GP practice in Leicester City. You can contact your GP who may arrange a referral to Open Mind, alternatively you can self-refer by one of the options below:

 

Please note that if you are suffering with ongoing suicidal feelings and attempts, self-harm or a major mental health conditions, a psychiatric referral must be sought instead via your GP. Also, where there is substance/alcohol abuse or problems with violence, other support services should be accessed. Anyone currently receiving psychiatric care must continue with their care programme and is unable to access this programme.

 

Complete an online self-referral form www.iaptportal.co.uk/leicself.html
Call us on 0116 2927010
Email LeicesterOpenMind@nottshc.nhs.uk to contact someone who can take your details and arrange an appointment for you. We offer clinics in many places across the City, please state where you would prefer to be seen.

 What will happen once I have been referred?
Once we receive your referral we will contact you with information about your first appointment.

The first appointment is generally completed on the phone, and your Open Mind therapist will work with you to understand what the problem is and to agree the next steps. Together, you and your therapist will plan a programme of support and self-help activities that match your individual need.

Government Body
0116 2927010
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Duncan Macmillan House
Porchester Road
Nottingham
NG3 6AA
Online, phone or email
Free
Leicester Bipolar Self Help Group

 

An informal and friendly self help group for people that suffer with bipolar disorder, and also their friends and carers. The group is part of a MDF The BiPolar Organisation self help group. Provides a safe space for mutual support with others in a similar situation. New members are welcome to join and gain more confidence, make new friends, get practical advice and learn how to manage mood swings. Aims to help those who are needing to be heard, feeling isolated, or needing information or advice. Also aims to help those who are feeling angry about their diagnosis or unsure what to do and feel unable to to share their situation with friends or colleagues. Meets at The City Hall, Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FZ.

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07970 905634 / 0207 931 6480
The City Hall, Charles Street, Leicester
LE1 1FZ.
2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm
Telephone in first instance
Free
Leicester Counselling Centre
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Confidential counselling service offering long-term counselling for up to 2 years to adults in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The centre works with individuals who are suffering from depression, anxiety or stress, relationship issues, past or present abuse, family problems, bereavement, money problems, work related problems and many other things. Clients are asked to make a financial donation towards counselling sessions on a self assessed basis. This is negotiable upon circumstances.

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0116 255 8801
No 1 Lodge, Victoria Park, London Road, Leicester
LE1 7RY
Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm. Friday 9am-4pm
Self referral and via social care
Self assessessed donation
Leicestershire Autism Society

The Leicestershire Autistic Society (formed over 20 years ago) provides support, information and advice to families and professionals dealing with Autism in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland. We are a volunteer led organisation, the vast majority of our volunteers being parents or carers of someone with ASD.

One of our main aims is to continually strive to raise general awareness of ASD. We are also represented on City and County Autism specific forums where we campaign for further improvements in: diagnosis, the provision of relevant specialist education services, making Child/Adult service planning more ‘autism friendly’, accessible play and leisure services for Children and Adults with ASD, and the provision of better support for adults with ASD.

Support Groups

We have a number of support groups situated around the City, County and Rutland.

Check the LinkUp for latest details.

Castle Donnington Group (SPACE)

The group aim to share information and arrange events for families with children on the Autistic spectrum.
Meetings:
When- Monthly, 1st and 3nd Saturday of the month, 10am to 12nooon.
Where- Community Lounge, Castle Donnington Community College, DE74 2LN
Contact:  Julie Truman 07988934446  or Sara Goodwin 01530 461660

Charnwood Autism Support Group (formerly Loughborough ASD Group)

This group is a small friendly group who meet for tea and coffee, a chat and to hear various speakers.
Meetings:
When- Last Monday of the month, 7:30pm
Where- John Storer House, Wards End, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3HA
Contact: Evelyn Halsall   01509 55 6376  charnwood.cas@gmail.com

Spectrum-Market Harborough

Spectrum-MH is a support group for parents and carers of children and adults with ASD in South Leicestershire.
Meetings:
When- 4th Thursday of month (term time), 7:30pm
Where- Congregational Church, High St, Market Harborough
Contact:   Helen Jordan   07831 349574                                                                      Website:  www.spectrum-mh.org.uk

 

The Friendship Club

For 11-19yrs with ASD and moderate learning difficulties. Pre-registration is required as places are limited. See the registration details in the LinkUp newsletter (Info & Newsletter page of this website).

The group is also seeking parents who can volunteer to help on a rota basis.
Meetings:
When- 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 7pm to 9pm.
Where- Cafe, Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston, Leics LE18 4UZ.
Contact:   Diane Madelin   07722 914124

Jigsaw

Jigsaw provides activities, support, information and advice for families with autistic children from 0-19 yrs. The group is run by parents.
Meetings:
When- 2nd and 4th Tues of the month. 7-9pm.
Where- Cafe, Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston, Leics LE18 4UZ.
Contact:   Dave Nutting   sumkindasyndrome@hotmail.co.uk   07582 197173

Reality

Reality aims to support the whole family unit affected by ASD/Asperger Syndrome. No formal diagnosis is required. The group organises activities, trips and outings for the whole family.
Meetings:
When- Check LinkUp for details.
Where- Braunstone Sure Start, Gallrds Hill, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 1QR.
Contact:   Leisa Smith   leisa_smith3@hotmail.com   0791 285 0517

The Monday Club

The Monday Club is a social group for adults (18+) with Aspergers Syndrome. The group meetings offer a warm, safe and friendly environment where planned opportunities are available for the group to help improve their social skills and experiences.
Meetings:
When- Check LinkUp for details.
Where- Check LinkUp for details.
Contact:   themondayclub@hotmail.co.uk  or the Project Manager 0787 3311 60

Translate

Translate hold informal monthly meetings for adults with Aspergers and those who love them. They offer support, an information pool and signposting to relevant support services.

Meetings:
When- Monthly, 1st Monday, 7:30pm
Where- Moira Centre, Moira Street, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3AX
Contact:   Paul & Jo Sandford   translate_as1@ntlworld.com   01509 554797

 

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Living With Psychiatric Medication

Who are we?
Free, informal and friendly meetings open to all who have an interest in discussing issues about psychiatric medication. This independent group offers a space to share and gain knowledge and experiences in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere. Speakers are invited (eg pharmacists) and time is spent on group projects. The group meets at Soft Touch Arts, 69 Wellington St, Leicester (opposite Leicester Crown Court buildings).

Not-for-Profit
07539755711
Soft Touch Arts
50 New Walk, Leicester
LE1 6TF
Free
Network for Change – Young Person’s Group
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If you’re struggling with how you feel and need a talk, we are hear to listen. We aim to provide a safe & supportive environment for young people to meet up. The group is facilitated by understanding staff who can support you with problems, signposting, activities reduce social isolation & help to improve confidence.

 

VCS
0116 242 0335
15 Wellington St, Leicester
LE1 6HH
Thursday 1 – 4pm
Free
Free