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Get the help and support you need this ‘Blue Monday’


‘Blue Monday’ is often associated with doom and gloom; people feel down post-Christmas and are awaiting their January pay day.

NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG want us to use the Monday 15th January 2018 as a chance to have positive conversations about our mental health, taking advantage of the help and support available.

Lesley Cleworth, Service Delivery Manager for Mental Health Commissioning at the CCGs, said: “Blue Monday is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of mental health.  Many people may face an ongoing battle with depression or anxiety but it is important to remember that help is available.

“Don’t suffer in silence, speak up and talk to someone about what you are going through and get the support you need.

“You may feel like you don’t want to see someone face to face, which is why the CCGs have invested in a number of tools to help you, when and where you need it.”

Mental Health Self Help Guides

A range of online self-help guides and smartphone app have been developed so you will have the latest mental health advice at your fingertips.

These self-help guides come in the form of leaflets, audio clips and videos which have been produced by health professionals to offer support on a range of topics including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic and stress.

To download the Self-Help app, search for ‘South Cheshire CCG & Vale Royal CCG Self Help Guides’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play or visit CCG websites: www.southcheshireccg.nhs.uk or www.valeroyalccg.nhs.uk

You in Mind

Youinmind.org is a ‘one-stop shop’ putting mental health advice online when you need it.

The platform includes a dedicated search option so you can get quick information on a range of mental health conditions such as depression, stress, eating disorders and bereavement.

Detailed information booklets are also available to view and download explaining about a condition with help on how to manage it and ideas people can try.

You can also find out what local advice and services are available for you at www.youinmind.org

Big White Wall

Big White Wall is a safe, anonymous, online support platform which is available 24/7.  It is a supportive online community with information and self-help resources, with trained counsellors online at all times.

Access is free and easy: simply go to www.bigwhitewall.com and enter your postcode.

Whatever you’re going through, you can call the Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone. Just dial: 116 123, they’re available to offer support 24/7 every single day of the year.