Mental Health

Mental Health

One in four affected

It’s easy to think that mental health issues don’t concern us, but in fact a quarter of us will have problems with our mental wellbeing at some time in our lives.

Mental health problems are equally common in men and women, but the types of problems differ. Women are one-and-a-half times more likely to be affected by anxiety and depression, while men suffer more from substance abuse (one in eight men is dependent on alcohol) and anti-social personality disorders. Men are also more prone to suicide: British men are three times more likely than British women to die as a result of suicide.

Serious mental health problems are also more common than you might think. One person in 100 has a severe mental health condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

All these figures are based on people who have sought help for their mental health problems. Many more could be living with undiagnosed mental health issues, according to mental health charity MIND.

Somerset Talking Therapies

Patients wanting access to CBT, or other professional mental health services, can make a self-referral to the Somerset Talking Therapies team.

Please use this link if you wish to make a self-referral: Talking Therapies – Somerset IAPT Service – NHS Foundation Trust (

Mind in Somerset

Mind in Somerset is one of the most comprehensive and recommended charity run services for people who need help and support with their mental health They have;

  • A 24/7 telephone service called Mindline
  • Online chat service between 8pm and 11pm
  • Support groups
  • and many other projects to support peoples mental health.

Telephone: 01823 276 892

Free phone: 0800 138 1692 (24hr service every day.)

Shout – Text: 85258

The idea of talking to someone over the phone can be daunting some times and there are other services to cater for this. Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.


Stay Alive App (developed by reputable suicide prevention charities)

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

Google/Android App

iPhone/IOS App

Desktop Web App


Aimed at people over 55. Their helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Telephone: 0800 4 70 80 90


C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Aimed specifically at men. Their helpline is open between 5pm and midnight every day of the year.

  • Telephone (outside London): 0800 58 58 58
  • Telephone (London): 0808 802 58 58

Webchat: (5pm – Midnight every day)


Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)


Anxiety UK suggests practicing the “Apple” technique to deal with anxiety and worries.

  • Acknowledge: Notice and acknowledge the uncertainty as it comes to mind.
  • Pause: Don’t react as you normally do. Don’t react at all. Pause and breathe.
  • Pull back: Tell yourself this is just the worry talking, and this apparent need for certainty is not helpful and not necessary. It is only a thought or feeling. Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are not statements or facts.
  • Let go: Let go of the thought or feeling. It will pass. You don’t have to respond to them. You might imagine them floating away in a bubble or cloud.
  • Explore: Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well. Notice your breathing and the sensations of your breathing. Notice the ground beneath you. Look around and notice what you see, what you hear, what you can touch, what you can smell. Right now. Then shift your focus of attention to something else – on what you need to do, on what you were doing before you noticed the worry, or do something else – mindfully with your full attention.

Mind in Somerset

Mind in Somerset is one of the most comprehensive and recommended services for people who need help and support with their mental health Young People | Mind in Somerset They have;

Telephone: 01823 276 892

Free phone: 0800 138 1692 (24hr service every day.)


Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.

Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)

0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)



If you’re under 19 you can confidentially call, chat online or email about any problem big or small.

Sign up for a free Childline locker (real name or email address not needed) to use their free 1-2-1 counsellor chat and email support service.

Can provide a BSL interpreter if you are deaf or hearing-impaired

Hosts online message boards where you can share your experiences, have fun and get support from other young people in similar situations.

Opening times: 9am – midnight, 365 days a year

0800 11 11


Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: (child, sexual, domestic violence)


Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)


Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS)

Support for people affected by rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives.

Call us: 0808 801 0456 or 0808 801 0464[email protected]


An online mental wellbeing community

Young Somerset

Young Somerset is the largest youth work charity in Somerset and our mission is to put young people first.

Our aim is to work with young people, encouraging them to take responsibility for themselves and become actively involved in shaping the communities in which they live. Young Somerset works to achieve social and economic outcomes with young people, through the delivery of measurable outputs and outcomes.

Somerset Big Tent

Empowering children and young people to find the right wellbeing support at the right time.


Youth support services for LGBTQ+ young people in Somerset

The Mix

Aimed at people under 25. Their helpline is open between 4pm and 11pm, 7 days a week. They also run a crisis text service which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Telephone: 0808 808 4994

E-mail: through the website.

Crisis text message service: Text THEMIX to 85258Webchat: through the website. (4pm – 11pm, 7 days a week)