Mental Health support and advice
ECASS promotes improved mental well being for all individuals and families in Portsmouth and Hampshire through education, support and signposting.
In pursuit of our Mission, we strive to:
- Improve the community’s understanding of mental health and the mind-body connection between mental and physical health.
- Provide education, opportunities and signposting for individuals to identify early warning signs of mental illness and subsequently provide programs and an environment that supports recovery and improves resilience for these individuals.
- Assure that those who request information and need mental health care referral have confidential access to the appropriate information and know how to obtain care.
- Advocate for improved support and treatment particularly at the state and federal levels, especially where reform is needed.
Mental wellbeing (Helpful advice)
If you are reading this because you are having suicidal thoughts, try to ask someone for help. you are not beyond help and you are not alone. Feel free to contact us today for support and advice Contact Us through our site, social media pages or phone 07753249696.
You can also call the Samaritans free anytime, from any phone on 116 123. They are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and also offer Offers self-help advice online, which includes an app you can download to help keep track of how you’re feeling and get recommendations for things you can do to help you cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis.
If you need medical support and feel it can’t wait until your GP surgery re-opens you can call 111 – the NHS non-emergency number. They now have specialist mental health nurses who can support you. These nurses can support both adults and young people. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free from any phone.
If it’s an emergency, call an ambulance using 999.
A confidential support and advice service for anyone under the age of 35 who might be having thoughts of suicide. You can call 0800 068 41 41, text 07786209697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Opening hours are 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) offers support for those affected:
- call their national helpline on 03001115065
- email them at email@example.com
- visit their community forum
Help is also available from Support After Suicide.
Offers a free Stay Alive app which offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
A charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. You can call their free and anonymous helpline 0800 58 58 58 or use their web chat, 5pm-12am every day.
Provides a list of services that can help if you’re feeling suicidal.
Offers free resources for anyone distressed, thinking about suicide or worried about someone they care about. It provides Safety Plan guidance tools, with easy to print/online templates and guidance video tutorials designed to help people through the process of writing their own Safety Plan.
Mental health and parenting
Being a parent or carer can be challenging and taking care of your mental health is important.
Looking after your own mental health is also important to your child’s wellbeing so don’t be concerned about doing something for yourself to take care of your own wellbeing.
If you are struggling, it’s ok to reach out for support from friends, families and us at ECASS that are here to help.
The NSPCC have a dedicated section on their website regarding mental health and parenting, including tips and coping strategies for good mental health.
“Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, YOU ARE NOT THE RAIN.”