My Wellbeing

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice how you are.

There are many professional sources of help offering a variety of support, including counselling, signposting to appropriate services, and medical management of mental health problems. Within this page you will find signposting alongside some tools of support to enhance your personal wellbeing.

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Get Active

Dr Helen Garr is your local PHE clinical champion for physical activity and offers free practical and interactive sessions based on the latest national and international data, research and evidence.

Training is aimed at teams of health care professionals to help increase their understanding of physical activity’s potential for clinical impact and increase their confidence in delivering brief interventions as a method of clinical care.

Did you know one in four patients would be more active if advised by a GP or nurse, but only one in four GPs are broadly or very familiar with national physical activity guidelines.

To book your free session email the PHE team at physicalactivity@phe.gov.uk

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Practice Mindfulness

Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental well-being.

As well as practising mindfulness in daily life, it can be helpful to set aside time for a more formal mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander.

Yoga and tai chi can also help with developing awareness of your breathing.

Mindful Breathing Exercises

I’d like to speak with someone about how I am feeling

There are numerous support organisations you can contact, if you need it. Use the sidebar to find a service that fits your needs.

Friends and family

Alongside self-care strategies, support from trusted family, friends and colleagues can sometimes be helpful as it can be good to talk things through. Speak with your line manager to find out if you have a Wellbeing Champion. 

My Health and Wellbeing Support Organsations

Your own GP If you are feeling overwhelmed, then consider speaking to your own GP in the first instance. They will know you and your medical history, and are experienced in helping patients with stress, burnout and mental health problems

NHS people NHS People is a resource to help all NHS staff manage their mental health and wellbeing. The website has many resources including guides to help you improve your experience of work, access to virtual common rooms, wellbeing apps and support helplines. It has also developed focused resources to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. people.nhs.uk 0300 131 7000 7am-11pm 0300 303 4434 (for bereavement specific support) 8am-8pm

Addiction

Narcotics’ Anonymous Mutual support groups for individuals who want to stop using drugs (including non-prescription and prescription drugs). Local meetings can be found through their website. online.ukna.org 0300 999 1212 (10am-midnight, 7 days a week) 

Cocaine Anonymous Mutual support groups for individuals who want to stop using cocaine or other mind-altering substances (defined as alcohol and prescription and non-prescription drugs). Local meetings can be found through their website. cocaineanonymous.org.uk 0800 612 0225 (10am-10pm, 7 days a week) British Doctors and Dentists Group 

The British Doctors and Dentists Group (BDDG) is a support/ self-help group for doctors and dentists with current or past addictions to alcohol, drugs (prescription and non-prescription) or other addictions. Meetings are held across the UK. bddg.org 07850 125 119 (National Secretary)

We Are With You (formerly known as Addaction) This is a national organisation that can provide support for alcohol and drug addiction. Contact details for local branches can be found through their website. wearewithyou.org.uk 

Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics anonymous runs mutual support groups across the country for people concerned about their alcohol consumption. Local meetings can be found through their website and online support is available. alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk 0800 917 7650 

Domestic Abuse

Getting help for domestic violence and abuse – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Relate 

Relate are the largest provider of relationship support in the UK. They can provide support for relationships between couples and family members, in addition to support regarding parenting. relate.org.uk 

Refuge

Refuge provide the National Domestic Abuse Helpline for women. They can provide practical and emotional support for women experiencing abuse. refuge.org.uk nationaldahelpline.org.uk 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day, 7 days per week)

Men’s Advice Line The Men’s Advice Line provides telephone and online support for men experiencing domestic abuse. mensadviceline.org.uk 0808 801 0327 (Monday-Friday 9am-8pm) ManKind Telephone support for men experiencing domestic abuse. mankind.org.uk 01823 334 244 (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm) 4.3 

Carers UK Carers UK estimate that 1/8 adults in the UK provide unpaid care for relatives or friends. Care UK can provide personalised support to help manage the impact of caring responsibilities on work or home life. Carersuk.org

Age UK 

Age UK provide information and support regarding care, finances and health for older people

Ageuk.org.uk

Community and cultural specific organisations

Muslim Doctors and Dentists Association UK facebook.com/Muslim Doctors And Dentists Association UK 

Jewish Medical Association UK jewishmedicalassociationuk.org/about-jma

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Cruse is run by trained bereavement volunteers who can provide support for anyone who has experienced bereavement. cruse.org.uk 

Child Bereavement UK Child Bereavement UK helps children and young people (up to age 25), parents and families cope with bereavement. childbereavementuk.org 

Support after Suicide Partnership  

The Support after Suicide Partnership bring together organisations and individuals to provide support for anyone bereaved by suicide. Supportaftersuicide.org.uk

Urgent and immediate support

For urgent support across the UK contact NHS 111 (online or by phone) or the Samaritans.

For immediate support, a life-threatening crisis or medical emergency contact the emergency services on 999. Emergency Departments usually have separate rooms that provide privacy and confidentiality for individuals presenting with mental health distress and you will be able to access professional help. 

NHS 111 online NHS 111 online or call 111 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland (call 111 or 0845 46 47 in Wales)

Samaritans UK The Samaritans provide free 24-hour support. They can be contacted on 116 123. 

NHS Urgent Mental Health helplines In England, you can access urgent support through local NHS urgent mental health helplines. This website allows you to search for your local 24 hour service. 

Mental Health Issues

We all have mental health, and life is full of ups and downs for us all.

Every Mind Matters has many practical tips and expert advice if you are feeling stressed, anxious or struggling to sleep 

Mental health issues – Every Mind Matters – NHS (www.nhs.uk)  

Men, is it time to talk?

Mentell

Mentell provides circles for men aged 18+ to talk in a safe and confidential space, free from advice and judgement.

Due to Covid-19 circles are currently online, and can be accessed for free, every Monday at 7 pm.

To sign up click here.

Become a facilitator

Visit their website for more information here

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Men’s Shed UK

Have you heard about Men’s Sheds? Men’s Sheds are kitted out community spaces where men can enjoy practical hobbies. They’re about making friends, learning and sharing skills. Many men go along just for the tea and banter, everyone is made to feel welcome. Men’s Sheds have been shown to improve men’s mental health and happiness. Each Shed is different, and they are based all over the world!

Visit their website for more information

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In need of advice and support?

In Derby City

The Derby Poverty Commission maintains a list of some of the support services and mechanisms that are currently available in Derby city.

If you need support and don’t know where to turn then a good first point of contact is the Community Hub which provides a single front door to many of the support mechanisms whilst also providing low-level support itself. The Community Hub can be accessed by calling 01332 640000 – option 5.

You can find further information here about the support available.

Energy Support

Household Support Fund (closes 31/03/22)

Stay Warm and Well This Winter

  • Advice or support with cold homes, energy bills, energy efficiency, financial hardship, food shopping, homelessness or eviction, home maintenance, winter flue jab, Covid-19 support.
  • Call 01332 640000 – Option 5
Rent Support

Single Discretionary Award Scheme

  • Financial support made up of Discretionary Housing Payment, Council Tax Hardship Payment, support for moving to cheaper accommodation, goods for the home.
  • Apply online at https://derby.ecinfo.org.uk or call the council on 01332 6400

Vulnerable Renters Fund

  • For private renters on low-incomes in rent arrears who are at threat of eviction.
  • Payment is made direct to your landlord to top up your rent account.
  • Access via referral. Call the Community Hub 01332 640000 option 5.

Derby Money Advice Team

  • For Derby Homes tenants who are struggling to pay their rent. Provides benefit entitlement support, financial planning support, debt support and more.
  • Contact via email to money.adviceteam@derbyhomes.org or phone 01332 888777
Housing Advice

Derby City Council Housing Options

  • If you are homeless, threatened with homelessness, or need advice about your housing situation.
  • Call 01332 888777 – option 5, or email housing.options@derby.gov.uk

Direct Help & Advice

  • Provide specialist advice, advocacy, and representation for families and individuals facing crisis, to prevent and alleviate homelessness, debt, and housing difficulty.
  • Call 01332 287850, email info@dhadvice.org, or visit Housing and Debt Advice, Phoenix Street, DE1 2ER
Food Support

Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance

  • Supports people experiencing food poverty through food provision, signposting, education, and advice.
  • Call 01332 640000 – option 5
Debt Advice & Support

Derby City Mission – Jubilee Project

  • Free debt advice, walk in sessions, no appointment needed
    Tuesdays 10.15am-12.15pm, St Peters Church DE1 1NN
    Wednesdays 10am-12pm, St Augustines Church, Normanton, DE23 8BP
    *Alternate* Thursdays 9.30-11.30am, Allenton Osmaston Sure Start Centre, Allenton, DE24 8XB
    *Alternate* Thursdays 12-1.30pm, Davenport Road Evangelical Church, Osmaston, DE24 8AX
Finance

Citizens Advice Advice regarding finances, including debt, workplace financial concerns and benefits. citizensadvice.org.uk 

Turn2us This website provides a benefits calculator and a search tool for grants available across the UK for individuals on low income. turn2us.org.uk 

University Advice Services If you are a student in financial difficulty, seek help early from your university advice service. They may be able to signpost you to internal grants and bursaries, in addition to supporting applications for external support, such as the NHS Hardship Grant 

Money Advice Service Free and impartial money advice over the phone and online to improve your finances (covering savings, mortgages and pensions), in addition to support regarding debt, redundancy and benefits. moneyadviceservice.org.uk 0800 138 7777 (Monday – Friday 8am-6pm).

NHS England » Financial wellbeing support

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