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Mental Health Resources

We hope you find some of the following resources helpful. These links are provided for your convenience, some services are provided by some of Cheshires mental health services and many others are provided by charities.

Links made to other sites/Apps are made at your own risk and Oaklands Surgery accept no liability for any linked sites.

Support Children and Young People

Crisis team

  • CAMHS Crisis line 0300 303 3972
  • CWP Out of Hours Advice Line Children and Young people – 01244 397644 – open 5-10 pm Mon-Fri and 12 pm-8 pm Sat and Sun
  • Mon – Fri: 1-5 pm All-Age Well-Being Hub CWP Advice line 01606 555120For young people, family members and professionals

Visyon – Offer one to one therapy, therapeutic group work, family support work, therapeutic play, creative activities, mentoring, CBT, solution-focused therapy and parent support groups. Based in Congleton.
Tel – 01260 290000

Relate – Offer children and young peoples counselling for those suffering from mental health problems, problems at school or issues with parents. Nearest centre in Crewe.
Tel –  0300 0030396

Hope Again – Supporting children and young people after loss. Offers face to face, group work, telephone and email support. Unfortunately the nearest centre is in Birkenhead, Wirral.
Tel – 0808 808 1677

Papyrus – Provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. Run a national helpline.
Tel – 0800 068 4141

Catch22 Cheshire East Family Focus – Provide solution-focused support for families with complex needs including young people involved in crime, children who do not attend school regularly, children who have been assessed as needing support and parents and young people with a range of health problems. Requires a referral through Cheshire East Consultation Service from a professional.
Tel – 01625 487180. Referral number – 0300 123 5012


Bullying UK offers support via a helpline, extensive advice on our website, befriending services, and parenting/relationship support group on any aspect of bullying. Contact them via their helpline 0808 800 2222 or

Online Counselling & Support Lines

  • offer “free safe and anonymous” online support for young people.
  • Support is available via for Cheshire West & Chester residents. This is a website with online support for children and young people.
  • ChildLine can be contacted on 0800 1111 or via This is where someone will ask if a child or young person would like to speak to a counsellor or access a range of helpful resources.

Parent’s advice/helplines:

  • Parentline Plus is a helpline (0808 800 2222) that offers information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life. The helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. They also have a website:
  • offer counselling to mum’s who are experiencing their own anxiety and depressions difficulties (especially in combination with their child’s own MH difficulties), Self referrals can be made via or 01606 557666.

NHS Choices feelings

NHS Choices

Some other useful websites:

    This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.
  • Anxiety Canada, formerly Anxiety BC, offer tools and resources to help better manage This website also offers the MindShiftTM app, designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety.
  • is an NHS website, run by CWP CAMHS. This site has been developed for everyone interested in the mental health and well-being of children and young people across Cheshire and Wirral.
  • The Sleep Council is an impartial organisation that looks at how you can adopt healthier sleep habits and focuses on raising awareness of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing
  • Hearing voices and perceiving stimuli which is not actually ‘real’ is a common experience, with voices being typically confused for our internal voice. This is a website that has useful resources to explore this further
  • offers self-help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets and self help mp3s.
  • MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family
  • is designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them.
  • create and share worksheets, videos, guides, and other tools to aid mental health professionals in the course of their work.
  • provide self-help resources to promote resilience and mental wellbeing.

Smartphone Apps:

  • Headspace – 7 guided mindfulness activities free
  • Smiling mind – mindfulness meditation
  • Calm – sounds of nature to help meditation
  • Virtual hope box – contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking
  • Mind shift – anxiety
  • Positive Penguins offers an educational app developed for children to help them understand why they feel the way they do and help them to challenge their negative thinking

Bereavement & Loss

Child Bereavement UK – Offer support for families who have lost a child or support for children who are bereaving. The nearest centre is Runcorn where they offer counselling and also a Young Peoples Advisory Group. They do also have a helpline and some useful information sheets about children and bereavement.
Tel – 0800 02 888 40

The East Cheshire Hospice Children’s Therapies Team offers support for families, teachers and healthcare professionals working with bereaved children through training events, group work and face to face counselling for children and teenagers who have experienced the loss of someone important to them. Contact via 01625 610364 or families/children’s-therapies.

St. Luke’s Hospice supports young people and children regarding loss and bereavement within the Mid & South Cheshire area. They can arrange counselling sessions for children individually, as part of the whole family or as a group of young people. Contact them via 01606 555693 or

Care for the Family is a national charity that aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties, offering Marriage Support, Parent Support and Bereavement Support. Contact them via 029 2081 0800 or at offers support to children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling. is especially for teenagers who have a parent with cancer.

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is somewhere that you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone. Contact this service at or via 0808 808 1677. support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. Additionally, they can be contacted via their helpline 020 8371 8455.

Substance misuse

For substance misuse, could be accessed. They also have online and telephone support available via their website. offer CYP substance misuse services across East Cheshire. is a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.

Support for Adults

Crisis Team:

  • 0800 145 6485 or 01270 650871
  • Urgent 24/7 mental health crisis helpline remains open to everyone who is in urgent need of crisis support.
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership 24/7 mental health crisis line for residents of Cheshire and Wirral on 0300 303 3972


Mind – Provide information and support
Tel – 0300 123 3393

Samaritans – 24-hour crisis line
Tel – 116 123

Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub – Support for those in fear of their partner or family member, concerned about their own behaviour or concerned for someone else’s safety.
Tel – 0300 123 5101 or text 07771941464

Cheshire Without Abuse – Support women, men and children whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse. Offer counselling, training, support meetings, recovery programmes, drop-in sessions.
Tel – 01270 250390

Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust – Support and information if someone is a carer including benefits and rights as a carer
Tel – 0800 085 0307

Carers Trust 4All – Provides practical support to carers and people with care needs
Tel – 0151 230 1137

Relate – Provide relationship counselling, family counselling, medication and sex therapy.
Tel – 0300 100 1234

Pandas Foundation – Support and advise any parent who is experiencing perinatal mental illness. Also inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering. Nearest support groups are Poynton, Stockport and Stoke but they also offer helpline and online support.
Tel – 01691 664275

Motherwell – A service for mothers which offers educational services, holistic therapies and mental health support for pre and perinatal depression

Tel:  01606 557666 

Brightlife – Project helping to address isolation and loneliness amongst older people. Help them access a range of activities and social opportunities. Based in Winsford
Tel – 01606 884444

Amparo – Support service for anyone who has been affected by suicide
Tel – 0330 088 9255

Survivors of Bereavement – Offer a helpline and lots of information and advice for those affected by suicide
Tel – 0300 111 5069

Expert Patient Programme – 6-week course for anyone living with a long term health condition.
Tel – 01625 505617 or

Wishing Well – Offering a range of services and activities in Crewe and surrounding areas to improve the health and wellbeing of local people
Tel – 01270 256919

One You Cheshire East – Provide practical support to help people stop smoking, drink less, move more and eat well
Tel – 0808 1643 202

Military Veterans Service – Offer specialist psychological interventions to military veterans of the British Armed Forces for their service related difficulties
Tel – 0151 908 0019

YouinMind – for advice and resources

SMASH care hub:

Emotions Anonymous – 12 week online programme

ADHD & ASC Support

  • works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improve emotional wellbeing, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD.
  • provides a free support service to empower and improve the wellbeing of individuals and families affected by Attention Deficit Disorder and associated conditions.
  • aims to support clinicians and allied professionals to identify and meet the needs of children and young people affected by this disorder.
  • (The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service) provide information and resources about ADHD to anyone who needs assistance, such as parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.
  • offers information and support for individuals who may have an Autism Spectrum Condition.
  •’s-social-skills-group-for-children-aged-8-13.html offer a social skills group specifically for children and teenagers aged between 8-18 for Children and teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome, within the West and East Cheshire areas. Contact them on 0333 323 1990, select Option 1, then Option 3 or via email or
  • are the UK’s largest provider of specialist autism services.
  • works with children & adults with learning difficulties and also people who have brain injuries, and additionally with complex needs and mild learning or behavioural difficulties.
  • provide information, support and training for parents, carers, teachers and individuals with PDA.

Sexual Assault, Safeguarding Vulnerability & Domestic Violence

  • The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (Cheshire and Merseyside) provide support for any adult or child affected by sexual violence on: 0330 363 0063 or via
    Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), available to the residents of Cheshire, offer forensic and medical care, emotional and psychological support, and practical help to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted on: 0161 276 6515 or via
  • The NSPCC offer support if there is concern about the impact of gangs and what to do to help protect young people. Contact them via 0808 800 5000 or at abuse/keeping-children-safe/staying-safe-away-from-home/gangs-young-people/
  • provides information and support to young people who have been abused in any way.
  • With concerns regarding the effects of domestic abuse contact Cheshire without
  • Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART) on 01925 873 000 and their website recovering-together/
  • In relation to developmental trauma and attachment difficulties, Beacon House offer free resources via



Worried about breast cancer after the sad news about Sarah Harding?

If you are feeling worried or anxious about breast cancer after the sad news about Sarah Harding, there is support and advice available for you.

Breast Cancer Now have nurses available to answer your questions via their free Helpline 0808 800 6000 or you can find out more about signs and symptoms on their website…/signs-symptoms-breast-cancer

You can also find advice at:

If you notice any symptoms of breast cancer, such as an unusual lump in your breast or any change in the appearance, feel or shape of your breasts book an appointment to see your GP asap.

The GP will examine you. If they think your symptoms need further assessment, they’ll refer you to a specialist breast cancer clinic.


Migraine Awareness Week

This week is Migraine Awareness Week and aims to raise awareness of the condition and highlight the impact it has to people living with it.

A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Many people have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound.

Migraine is a common health condition affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.

Simple painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be effective for migraine. However, be careful not to take too many painkillers as this could make it harder to treat headaches over time.

You should make an appointment to see your GP if you have frequent migraines (on more than five days a month), even if they can be controlled with medication, as you may benefit from preventative treatment.

More information on migraines can be found at


In this together!

We want to ensure that our GP practices are safe places for everyone – that is our absolute priority and we ask that you do all you can to help us help you. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and we thank you for your support – we’re #inthistogether. Watch this short film put together by Cheshire CCG featuring Tina Birkby a local Practice Manager and local GP, Dr Judi Price reinforcing the need to continue to stay safe and the ways that people will access general practice for the foreseeable future.


Childhood Respiratory Conditions

Dr Ravi Jayaram has teamed up with Cheshire CCG and created a short video explaining the rise in respiratory conditions in young children and what parents should be on the lookout for! To watch the video

CATCH App – a useful tool for anyone looking after little ones

Cheshire CCG have developed the CATCH app, a very useful tool for anyone looking after little ones.  It contains useful information about emergency care for children, services available in the local area and information on routine care such as immunizations and medication. Get it wherever you get your apps


Don’t let embarrassment stop you from getting your cervical smear test!

This Cervical Cancer Prevention week don’t let embarrassment stop you from getting your cervical smear test!

Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing, yet one in four of those invited for a screening in the UK, don’t attend.

Cervical Screening is the method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. Being screened regularly means any abnormal changes in the cells can be identified and, if necessary treated to stop cancer developing.

All women and people with a cervix in the UK aged 25 to 49 are invited for a screening test every three years and those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years.

What happens when you go for your cervical screening?

The screening test usually takes around 5 minutes to carry out.

You’ll be asked to undress from the waist down and lie on a couch, although you can remain fully dressed if you are wearing a loose skirt/dress.

The nurse or doctor will gently put an instrument called a speculum into your vagina, this holds the walls of the vagina open so the cervix can be seen.

The nurse or doctor will then use a small soft brush to gently collect some cells from the surface of your cervix. Although the procedure can be a little uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be painful. However, if you do find it painful let the doctor or nurse know as they may be able to reduce your discomfort.

Once the sample is taken, the doctor or nurse will close the curtain allowing you to dress whilst they prepare the sample to be sent off to the laboratory.

The cell sample is then sent off to a laboratory for analysis and you should receive the result within 2 weeks.

Many are nervous and embarrassed about the process of cervical screening, but there is no need to be, nurses and doctors carry out these tests every day. You are also welcome to bring a chaperone to your appointment if this would make you more comfortable.

More information about cervical screening can be found at:
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust


It’s Diabetes Awareness Week!

This week is Diabetes Awareness Week.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

There are 2 main types of diabetes

  • Type 1 – Where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
  • Type 2 – Where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 2. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

Its very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.

When to see a doctor

Speak to your GP if you experience the main symptoms of diabetes which includes:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • peeing more frequently than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
  • itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
  • cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • blurred vision

You can find diabetes advice and support at:


Diabetes UK


Make your choice

Find information about opting out of sharing your data with the NHS and what you need to know:

Make your choice about sharing data from your health records – NHS (