Signposting

Birmingham

Bharosa (0121 303 0368 / bharosa@birmingham.gov.uk) – Culturally appropriate support to women experiencing domestic abuse. Referrals for housing, counselling, benefits advice etc. Languages: Bengali, Hindi, Mirpuri, Punjabi, Urdu and English.

Women’s Aid (0121 685 8687) – Provides counselling, housing, family support, language support, refuge, a safety unit and a drop in service.

Rape & Sexual Violence Project (0121 643 0301/ rsvpwm.info@gmail.com) – We offer empathic services to support and inspire children, women and men affected by sexual violence and abuse. We’re here to offer you the tools, and understanding, to enable you to overcome the effects of sexual violence and make positive, meaningful changes for a hopeful and confident future.

MyTime Counselling (0121 766 6699) – A social enterprise that provides holistic and intercultural psychological services based in the heart of the country. Provides culturally sensitive counselling services, floating support and support groups.

Creative Support (0121 200 3147) – This organisation offers recovery-focused activity sessions, educational opportunities, one-to-one mental health support and group support such as the Anxiety Support Group and Self-Esteem Group. Our Hub facilities include a fully equipped music recording studio, a café serving lunchtime meals and snacks, facilities for cooking and art, I.T. spaces, training rooms and quiet rooms for relaxation sessions. Creative Support is committed to an individualised, person-centred philosophy of service delivery which is designed around the individual needs and choices of the members of Birmingham Hub and Spoke Services.

Shanti – Shanti project aims to support those who are misusing alcohol and their family members and give hope to the Sikh community who are in need of this type of service. Provide awareness around alcohol and the affects it has on an individuals health and life. Network with fellow organisations to help promote our services. Provide training to professionals and non professionals regarding the issues related to alcohol in the Sikh Punjabi community. Provide information to wider community.

Birmingham Asian Resource Centre –  The centre is a community based social welfare agency, which serves the needs of the local communities in Birmingham. The centre provides practical advice and information through advice sessions in relevant Asian languages, in the fields of basic Welfare Benefits, Debts and Immigration. The centre is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 1pm, telephone enquiries are Monday-Friday l0am-5pm. The centre runs an Asian Elders project and an Outreach Service for Elders. The centre also runs a new project to provide outreach services and support for people with disabilities, the elderly and carers which is called the Care Champions Project.

Sandwell Well-being Hub –  Offers a range of self help material, group work and individual talking and listening services which will improve your confidence, well-being and emotional health. These services take place across Sandwell and are available to anyone who lives in Sandwell or is registered with a Sandwell doctor.  Whether you simply wish to connect with other people, increase your happiness, build your confidence or would like to learn how to cope with and manage stress, you will find something here that suits your needs.

Think Family – Recognises the importance of a whole-family approach. It is a way of working with families that have additional needs and require either substantial or intensive support in order to overcome the problems they face. There are Think Family services in a number of locations in the UK including Birmingham and Leicester.

Wolverhampton

Ekta Day Centre (01902 553554) – The Ekta day centre offers a day service that provides a wide range of social and leisure activities for Asian elders aged 55 or over. It has space for 30 people every day that wish to meet other people, socialise and take part in activities and outings. The centre can also provide rehabilitation services to 15 people a day. This service is for older people who, because of illness or disability may need help and encouragement to maintain their independence at home. The day resource service gives Asian elders an opportunity to access health and social services including day care.

Dementia Café (Alzheimer’s UK 0121 521 3020) – A place for people affected by dementia to meet others in a similar situation for education, support and social interaction. This Dementia café takes place on the second Wednesday of every month and runs from 10:30am until 12:30 pm. This Dementia Cafe is held at the following location: Blakenhall Community Centre, Bromley Street, Wolverhampton, WV2 3AS.

Navjeevan Floating Support (01902 312234 / navjeevan@heantun.co.uk) – We provide a service which is funded by Supporting People and offer support for the following:  managing tenancy and accommodation, enhancing life skills to increase independence, budgeting and money management, motivation and taking responsibility, access welfare rights, emotional, physical and mental health issues as well as support to enhance training and career opportunities.

Wolverhampton Mental Health Empowerment Team (01902 328978)An organisation that supports existing and new support groups. Further information about local support groups can be found at http://wmhet.org.uk/local-support-groups.

Leicester

LAMPdirect – LAMPdirect is a community site bringing you all the latest mental health news for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Are you experiencing mental distress, caring for someone, a mental health professional, or simply interested in mental health? LAMPdirect can help you. You can search for local mental health services and national organisations using the LAMP Directory.

North England

Changes –  A user – led mental health charity providing a unique recovery service to those with mental health difficulties. Weekly mutual help groups and recovery programmes available for young people and adults.

Savana – Based in North Staffordshire and provides support for anyone who has experienced or is effected by any form of sexual violence including rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, ‘honour’ related violence and childhood sexual abuse whether recently or historically.

Arch – An organisation that offers support with housing, both female or male victims of domestic violence for young people and working aged adults.

Echo – Provides mental health support for people who self-harm. Offers group and individual support that is confidential.

Across the UK

Alzheimer’s UK (www.alzheimers.org.uk)

Anxiety (www.anxietyuk.org.uk)  

Bipolar (www.bipolaruk.org.uk)

British Kidney Patient Association (http://www.britishkidney-pa.co.uk) – Improving the lives of people with kidney disease by giving support, information and more grant aid than any other UK kidney charity. We help kidney disease patients, families and kidney units during times of need.

Campaign against living miserably (CALM) -The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male.

Citizen’s Advice Bureau (www.citizensadvice.org.uk) – Support in your local area for a number of difficulties related to benefits, employment law, housing, debt and immigration.

CRUSE (0808 808 1677) – Offering counselling for individuals who have lost a loved one.

Depression (www.depressionalliance.org.uk)

Heads Together – Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.

Hemotion – Hemotion is a new organisation established to promote the psychological wellbeing of men and boys and reduce the number of preventable deaths that are caused by suicide. We want men and boys to feel more able to recognise when they are struggling with emotional distress, feel empowered to speak openly about this and ask for help when they need it.

Karma Nirvana (0800 59999247) – Supporting victims of honour crimes and forced marriages.

Mankind – Our confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).

Men’s Minds Matter – Men’s Minds Matter is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the prevention of suicide through building psychological resilience and emotional strength.

Mind (www.mind.org.uk) –  MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. 

NHS mental health services information http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/aboutnhsservices/mental-health-services-explained/pages/accessing%20services.aspx

Relate (www.relate.org.uk) – Relate offers counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide. We provide advice on marriage, LGBT issues, divorce and parenting.

Stroke Association (www.stroke.org.uk) -The leading charity in the UK changing the world for people affected by stroke.

Self help material

http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/our-services/birmingham-healthy-minds/self-help-booklets/

https://www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp/

http://www.londonhp.nhs.uk/services/mental-health/improving-access-to-psychological-therapies-iapt/translated-self-help-iapt-materials/

Mental Health information in a variety of languages including Punjabi. 

Please remember that you can contact your GP should you require any further support or information.