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Mental health

Good mental health helps us to thrive and enjoy our lives more, and is just as important as our physical health. Find out about the support available.

You can call Samaritans any time day or night for free on 116 123 or go to their website where you can access live online chat. 

If you, or someone you care about, need urgent advice or support for your mental health you can call:

This number is open 24 hours a day and is totally free and confidential.

Other support is available

Mental health Friendly Places

Mental Health Friendly Places are welcoming, non-judgmental, safe spaces for people who need to talk about their mental health. They can be anywhere from local cafes to hair salons and libraries.

The people who work there are fully trained and can help talk to you about your mental health, how to deal with it and where to go for more help and support.

You can find more information about Mental Health Friendly Places including where your nearest one on the website.

Neighbourhood Mental Health Cafés

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust offers local mental health support through the Neighbourhood Mental Health Cafés, which are drop-in centres for individuals in need of immediate assistance. No appointment is necessary, and visitors can freely discuss their mental health concerns with our trained and supportive staff.

The supportive, trained staff can listen and provide the practical support you need. There are more than 20 cafes serving local communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

More information can be found on the Leicestershire Partnership Trust website.

Live Well Leicester

Live Well Leicester can support you to make changes to your lifestyle to support better mental health. Things like increasing physical activity, drinking less, giving up smoking or improving your diet can have a significant impact on mental wellbeing.

The Tellmi app is a safe and anonymous platform where young people can openly share their thoughts and emotions, and seek support from others without fear of judgment or discrimination. 

Other mental health services

  • P3 provides a mental health wellbeing and recovery support service for adults aged 18 and over. They can offer advice and community recovery services.
  • If you are experiencing excessive worry, low mood, depression, anxiety or a lack of motivation then VitaMinds can help. VitaMinds works in partnership with the NHS to provide talking therapy services and counselling in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
  • Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. Find your nearest branch on the Samaritans website.
  • Start a Conversation: suicide is preventable provides information about where to find support in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for people experiencing feelings of suicide ideation, and those worried about them.
  • Harmless offers help and support for those affected by self harm and suicide in Leicester.
  • The Tomorrow Project supports communities to prevent suicide and provide suicide bereavement support.
  • The Adhar project supports people from BAME communities with their mental health.
  • The Hub of Hope is an online resource directory that signposts to local support.

Try the Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are daily acts that can benefit our mental health and wellbeing, we can all adapt them to our circumstances, especially for those of us who may be self-isolating. 

1. Connect

Having a strong support network can help you through difficult times in life and can combat feelings of loneliness or isolation.

It’s important to keep in touch with family and friends and you can do this through telephoning them or using apps such as Skype where you can see the person that you are talking to and you can add people on the call. This can help you to feel close to them even if you can’t be with them.

If you are working from home – check in with your colleagues regularly to see how they are doing

2. Be Active

Being physically active is an excellent way of developing our mental wellbeing and can be something we can do to boost our mood even when self-isolating.

There are plenty of things that you can do from doing an online workout, the NHS fitness studio has some good ones that ranges from aerobics to yoga and everything in between!

Don’t forget anything that makes you slightly breathless counts so you could clean the house or car or wash windows - it all counts!

Check out Active Leicester on Facebook and Twitter for more exercise at home ideas.

3. Take notice

Taking notice reminds us to look at the small things in life, proven to improve our mental wellbeing.

This may feel like a difficult task if you are isolated, and have been for a long time; but you could try practicing mindfulness – this is where become more aware of what you are feeling and doing at that moment in time and it can give you more of an appreciation for things you have previously taken for granted. You could make a list of things you are thankful for each day, no matter how small.

Be mindful in watching the news – if constant updates are making you feel more anxious, take time away from social media or TV. Turn off notifications if you have to.

You can find out about mindfulness at NHS.UK

4. Learn

Learning new things throughout our lives, no matter how old we are, is great for improving our self-esteem.

You could do something different learn a new skill or read a new genre of book or become a crossword ace!

There are lots of online resources that can help you – try the Open University website for free online courses.

5. Give

We know that people who volunteer their time in some way are much more likely to rate themselves as happy and feel more connected to their community. Now more than ever, acts of kindness can go a long way, in helping ourselves and others.

If you aren’t self isolating maybe you could help your neighbours or friends who are - helping others can make us feel a bit more in control improve our wellbeing, and that of others.


Improve your mental wellbeing
Download our booklet on improving your mental wellbeing, and ending the stigma around mental health problems.

We are working with Leicestershire Partnership Trust to provide a library of useful resources for you to use to help support your mental health. You can find them here: