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Mental Health Services
If you have concerns for the mental health of the person you care for, you and they should approach their GP, who can refer to a number of different services, provided by Halton and St Helens PCT, 5 Boroughs Partnership, and the Local Authority. In circumstances where the person refuses or is unable to acknowledge their condition, the family members can speak to professionals to share their concerns, and can phone the Open Mind service (see below)
St Helens services now follow a 'Road to Recovery' pathway. The initial access into services is via the Open Mind Service 0151 511 5688, and referrals are made by GP, Primary Mental Health Team, ASCH, other agency, or by individuals and Carers. The team is made up of Community Psychiatric Nurses, and are based at Birch House, Peasley Cross. They will do an initial assessment and then refer on to teams involved in the provision of services. They will also refer to the voluntary and independent sector. The team covers both St Helens and Halton. The team operates 9am to 5pm, if you need help and support outside these hours see below for the Crisis Resolution service.
5 BOROUGH SERVICES
Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment - 621688 (24 hr service, team cover 9am to 9pm daily, with on call services at other times) - Based at Birch Unit, Peasley Cross. Referral usually by GP or Care Coordinator. Team work with those 16 and over who are known to have a severe mental health problem (you may already have been diagnosed with a specific mental illness) and who are in an acute mental health crisis of such severity that, without the involvement of a crisis resolution/home treatment team, hospitalisation would be necessary. Team provide home based interventions, usually not longer than 4 weeks. They aim to get the person back to how they felt before the crisis, and prevent hospital admission
Community Mental Health Teams - These teams help people regain and maintain independence in the community. They help to reduce the need for further in patient treatment. They work closely with GP and other professionals. The teams can be accessed by speaking with GP's, obtaining a Social Services assessment or by contacting the Open Mind service. For more information contact the teams and ask to speak to the Team Manager. There are three teams covering the St Helens area:
Enhanced Day Therapy Services - 458457 - Based at Birch Day Unit. Referrals from Open Mind service or Care Coordinator. Work with people with severe and enduring mental illness, or a serious mental health issue such as Post Traumatic Stress disorder or complex trauma. Have Psychologists, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Look at daily living skills, social network roles and employment skills
Assertive Outreach Service - 646103 - Based at Lord Street, St Helens. Referrals from Care Coordinators and other teams. Work with people who have a severe and enduring mental illness, who have found it difficult to engage with other services, who could be at risk of neglect or who could be a risk to themselves or others. The team aim to assist their clients to live independently in the community whilst receiving the support and services they require
Primary Care Mental Health Team - These services can be accessed by visiting your GP. They are for people over 16, no upper age limit. If the GP feels support from the PCMHT is relevant, a referral can be made to the team. They will assess and provide services for people presenting with mild to moderate mental health issues known as Common Mental Health Problems who present no risk to themselves or others. Common Mental Health Problems includes anxiety, phobias, mild to moderate depression and stress related disorders that interfere with activities of daily living. The types of therapies offered are:
Eating Disorder Service - 0151 430 1321 - This service is based at Whiston Hospital and access would require referral from a GP or via the Open Mind service
Older People's Community Services
Specialist Community Learning Disability Nursing Team
0151 426 5885 - Team based at Willis House, Cumber Lane, Whiston. The team helps people over 18 who have a recognised learning difficulty. They also support families and Carers. The team have a wide range of responsibilities which includes duties related to physical health in addition to interventions for managing challenging behaviour and promoting healthy living as well as treating mental health problems and monitoring prescribed medications. The specialist nurses also have a key role in ensuring good communications between services.
Children's Community Services
Adult In Patient Services
Taylor Ward (male), Recovery Centre, Peasley Cross - 01744 626500
Older People In Patient Services
Learning Disability In Patient Services
Service User and Carer Forums
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HEATH PARK LODGE - 01744 677034 - Heath Park Lodge, Thatto Heath Road, St Helens. Resource Centre for Mental Health. Support people 18 and over who have experienced mental health problems and would like support to access educational and employment opportunities, voluntary, leisure and social activities. The Social Inclusion workers will help people to exercise choice and to plan, thus developing confidence and self esteem. Teams based at HP Lodge are
Contac tTogether for details of dates and times.
HALTON,KNOWSLEY,WARRINGTON AND ST HELENS INDEPENDANT MENTAL CAPACITY ADVISOR (IMCA) - 01744 451531. IMCA, Together, United Reform Church, King Street, St Helens , WA10 2JZ
SELF HELP SERVICES
Halton & St. Helens e-Therapy Service
This service offers online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Beating The Blues) to people affected by low mood, depression and/or anxiety in the Halton & St. Helens area.
This service is available at four different locations across Halton & St. Helens as follows:
Halton & St Helens at Home e-Therapy Service
This service offers online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Living Life to the Full interactive) to people affected by low mood, depression and/or anxiety in the Halton & St Helens area.
The service is accessed from home, and includes weekly telephone support sessions. People wishing to access the service need to have access to a computer, a printer and a broadband internet connection.
Both services can be accessed via self referral or via referral by G.P. or other health/social care worker
For more information and to complete a self referral click on the link http://www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/shs_type/etherapy-services/
ALZHEIMER'S - See Service Specific info
CARERS BI POLAR GROUP - Meet fortnightly at Heath Park Lodge from 2pm. The group is organised by Together and the cared for person can attend.
CARERS REFERENCE GROUP - 758678 - Based at United Reform Church, Ormskirk Street, St Helens. Meet on the second Wednesday of the month, commencing at 6pm. For Carers who wish to contribute to policy making and have a more active role in Mental Health Carer issues. www.sthelensmhcarers.org
COMMUNITY LINK - 612411 - www.c-i-c.co.uk - provide advice, support counselling and treatment for addictions, including alcohol, gambling and drugs. Based at Wolverhampton House, Church Street. Counselling, advice and support groups for families of addicted person
c.a.l.m. - 0800 58 58 58 - The campaign against living miserably. Targeted at young men between 15 - 35, the campaign offers help, information and advice via a helpline and website www.thecalmzone.net
CIC VOCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICE - Leaflet available - 0151 709 1950 - Support people with Learning difficulties and mental health needs to access employment. Referrals can come from individuals or Care Managers, and can be funded through Direct Payments. Those not using ASCH will have support to identify funding sources. Costs are £12.44/hour www.c-i-c.co.uk
DUAL DIAGNOSIS DROP IN CENTRES - 01925 291094, Chris Ollerton and 222624, Brian Roscoe - Meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday 12:30pm at Newton Library and every Friday 2pm at the Millennium Centre St Helens (1st floor) You can accompany the person you care for when they attend the meetings. Meetings aim to build the person's confidence and explore service help available
EARLESTOWN SOCIAL GROUP - 01925 221718 - Contact for group is Tony Haselton. For people with personal experience of mental ill health. Meet at Crownway Centre, contact for dates and times.
FAMILY WELFARE ASSOCIATION - www.fwa.org.uk - A family charity, supporting families to cope with complex issues including domestic abuse, parents with mental illness, learning disabled parents and severe financial hardship
FOOTSTEPS - 457110 4th Floor, Tontine House, Church Street, St Helens - For anyone worried about a drug user in the family. Offer home visits and have drop in on Mondays at Newton College, room G17C
KEEP IN TOUCH GROUP - 453343/07948 237945 - Mon/Wed 11:00 to 3:00, St John's Centre, Thatto Heath. Social Group to meet old friends, make new friends and chat, relax and spend time with others who have similar mental health experiences
KOOTH.COM - www.kooth.com - Children and family counselling online. 24 hour service. Web chat and one to one sessions with counsellors
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE USERS AND CARERS MENTOR SCHEME - A pilot project which aims to support those who wish to have, or already have, an advisory or representative role on committees, Boards, networks, panels and groups. For more information see the leaflets - Could you become a mentor and Would you benefit from having a mentor
MENTAL HEALTH CARE. ORG. UK- this website contains information about psychosis. It has been designed for family members and friends of people who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or another illness which may result in symptoms of psychosis. click here to go to website
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID-
First Aid Guides are available, click on title to open a copy
MEN SUPPORTING MEN - 01744 813357 for information - Town Centre Men's Group to offer support and promote positive mental health to other men affected by Mental illness. Weekly meetings held at United Reform Church Mondays, 09.30 -12.45. Need referral from staff in the Community Mental Health Team or MIND
NEUTRAL GROUND ST HELENS - runs a sports group for people living with mental ill health. Football on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3pm at Thatto Heath Crusaders RLFC training Barn, Close Street, off Elephant Lane, Thatto Heath, WA9 5JD , and Badminton on Thursdays at 2.30pm at Peter Street Centre. Cost is £2 maximum. For further details contact Chris Sandford on 07766275577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PARTNERS IN CARE - Range of topics covered for Carer and Cared For. Provide checklists in preparation for hospital visits etc. Various leaflets available from the Carers Centre
PATIENT OPINION - A not for profit social enterprise which has been running a national website for about 3 years. Up until now it has concentrated mainly on hospital care but in conjunction with the 5 Boroughs Partnership Trust, it has now extended and adapted the website for mental health service users, patients and carers. People can go on the website and write a posting of their experience of care and treatment to feedback to the Trust, who in turn can respond on the site to the individuals. If access to the Internet is difficult for any reason, then people can write their experiences down or ring Patient Opinion and talk to one of their staff - click for information leaflet. www.patientopinion.org.uk
RETHINK - A National mental health charity. They have a range of information sheets on their website. You can order books from them, which aim to guide Carers to get support for themselves and the person they care for as they access services. They also have a section for Young Carers. www.rethink.org
RETHINK SIBLINGS NETWORK- information and advice for anyone whose brother or sister has experienced mental illness www.rethink.org/siblings
SANELINE - 0845 767 8000 - Lines open 12 noon to 2am. All calls answered by trained volunteers (approved by Royal College of Psychiatrists) Support and information about mental illness, symptoms and treatments and services available in local area, support and reassurance during a crisis, for both sufferers and their Carers and families. More info available at www.sane.org.uk
ST HELENS MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY SERVICE 758057 - provide support, guidance and information to resolve problems. Advocates are based in Tontine House, Church Street, St Helens
ST.HELENS SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT - 07717 547515 - Supported Employment Service aims to enable people with extra needs to make the next steps towards the world of work. They offer work tasters, placements and source voluntary opportunities. They also offer tailor made support to those who need a little extra help to find and hold down real jobs within their community. Service is based within Stephenson's Resource Centre in Rainhill.
SUPPORTED VOLUNTEERING - 457100 - Service run by CVS,Tontine House, St Helens. Provide specific help to people with moderate mental health problems to access appropriate community volunteering opportunities
www.guardianship.gov.uk - information on how to manage the affairs of someone with a mental incapacity
www.emental-health.com - Good source of information on mental health illnesses. Links to research sites and service specific sites
www.youngminds.org.uk - covers mental health issues for children and young people
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