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General sources of support and help

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General sources of support and help
« on: June 10, 2020, 01:26:27 AM »
Mental and Emotional distress.

Mental health problems are very wide-ranging. They vary from the stress and worry we all experience at times, to more serious conditions that can affect the way we live. Roughly 1 in 4 people will experience some sort of mental health problem at some point in their lives.

A mental health problem only becomes serious if it begins to interfere with your ability to cope or function in your everyday life. It's important to recognise when this happens so you can look for some support. Most people successfully manage their mental health problems, and with the right support, go on to lead very active and fulfilling lives.
If things seem very bleak or scary you can contact.

Your GP or out of hours GP service. He or she can usually deal with a mental health problem more quickly and fully than an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. If you are concerned you can still go to A&E but may have a significant wait.
If you are under a Community mental health team you can call your care co-ordinator or the out of hours emergency number you have been given. Any problems contacting help call your GP or the GP out of hours service.
Other sources of help 
·  Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 - open 24 hours
·  SANELINE on 0845 767 8000 - open 1pm - 11pm every day

Young Minds can provide support and advice for young people under CAHMS.
MINDS can provide support and advice for adults experiencing mental distress or under Community Mental health Teams.

Please note. Most priests, pastors and ministers work very long hours and despite the rumours do need some sleep. Many use answer-phones at night to allow them chance to rest. Please try not to call your local priest between 10pm and 7am.

God however is available 24/7 and anyone can talk to God from wherever they are about anything that is on their mind.
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Support for families
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2020, 01:27:14 AM »
Support for families

Being a parent can be very hard work. Some times parents need encouragement and support to enable them to be the parents they want to be.

Many have found the following sources useful and have a strong Christian ethos.

Care for the family.  https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/

Positive Parenting.  https://www.parenting.org.uk/

Both are national groups who should be able to put you in contact with local support.

If things have become very tough and you need urgent help contact Parentline Plus
https://www.parentlineplus.org.uk/ They have a 24/7 helpline.

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Worries about money
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2020, 01:27:48 AM »
Worries about money

If you know anyone who is worried about debt the following charity may be able to direct them to sources of help locally. They have a Christian ethos and their budget training is used by Churches across the UK to allow families to begin to access help.

Credit Action https://www.creditaction.org.uk/

Concerned about paying heating bills.
https://www.homeheathelpline.org.uk/
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Addictions
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2020, 01:28:18 AM »
Addictions

Concerned about a family member or yourself?

Al-Anon Family Groups UK and Eire: 020 7403 0888 https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk - Helpline providing support for families and friends of problem drinkers, whether the person is still drinking or not

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 0845 7697 555, https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk - Over 3,300 groups in the UK. Help drinkers to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Fellowship of men and women share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism

Frank: 0800 77 66 00, https://www.talktofrank.com - Helpline for anyone concerned about drug or solvent misuse. Advice and information for drug misusers, their families, friends, carers. (Formerly known as the National Drugs Helpline).

Turning Point: 020 7481 7600, https://www.turning-point.co.uk - To enable people with serious problems related to drug and alcohol misuse, mental health and learning disabilities to lead more independent lives by providing high quality community services. Running over 100 projects nationally, ranging from residential rehabilitation centres to drop in counselling services, needle exchanges, phone advice services and individual community workers.
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Help for the vulnerable
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2020, 01:29:31 AM »
Help for the vulnerable

Cold, hot or adverse weather for a period of time can affect vulnerable people.

PLEASE keep an eye out for those known to you who may be vulnerable.


Those on limited incomes may be feeling worried about keeping their homes warm enough to survive and meeting the bills that will follow after-wards.

These are UK based sources of help.

Homeheat. Advice on keeping warm whilst reducing bills. Advice on paying heating bills. Support for young families.
https://www.homeheathelpline.org.uk/

AgeUK 'Spread the warmth' Ideas and support for older people to help them keep warm.
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/spread-the-warmth/winter-wrapped-up/
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