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.
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 www.visyon.org.uk
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 www.relate.org.uk
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 www.hopeagain.org.uk
Papyrus – Provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. Run a national helpline.
Tel – 0800 068 4141 https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
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 www.bullying.co.uk.
Online Counselling & Support Lines
NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/talking-to-children-about- feelings
NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/talking-to-your-teenager
Some other useful websites:
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 www.childbereavementuk.org
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 www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/patients- 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 www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/how-we-can-help/families-carers/bereavement-support-for-children/.
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 www.careforthefamily.org.uk
www.winstonswish.org offers support to children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.
www.riprap.org.uk 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 www.hopeagain.org.uk or via 0808 808 1677.
www.griefencounter.org.uk 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.
For substance misuse, www.talktofrank.com/mess-with-your-mind could be accessed. They also have online and telephone support available via their website.
www.changegrowlive.org/content/change-grow-live-cheshire-east/ offer CYP substance misuse services across East Cheshire.
www.adfam.org.uk is a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.
Mind – Provide information and support
Tel – 0300 123 3393 www.mind.org.uk
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 www.cheshirewithoutabuse.org.uk
Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust – Support and information if someone is a carer including benefits and rights as a carer
Tel – 0800 085 0307 cheshireandwarringtoncarers.org
Carers Trust 4All – Provides practical support to carers and people with care needs
Tel – 0151 230 1137 www.carerstrust4all.org.uk
Relate – Provide relationship counselling, family counselling, medication and sex therapy.
Tel – 0300 100 1234 www.relate.org.uk
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 www.pandasfoundation.org.uk
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 www.brightlifecheshire.org.uk
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 www.uk-sobs.org.uk
Expert Patient Programme – 6-week course for anyone living with a long term health condition.
Tel – 01625 505617 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.wishingwellproject.com
One You Cheshire East – Provide practical support to help people stop smoking, drink less, move more and eat well
Tel – 0808 1643 202 www.oneyoucheshireeast.org
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 – www.youinmind.org for advice and resources
SMASH care hub: https://www.carehub.info/
Emotions Anonymous – https://www.recovery.org/support-groups/emotions-anonymous/ 12 week online programme
Sexual Assault, Safeguarding Vulnerability & Domestic Violence
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 https://breastcancernow.org/…/signs-symptoms-breast-cancer
You can also find advice at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer/symptoms/
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.
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 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/migraine/
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.
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
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.
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 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:
You can find diabetes advice and support at: