If you have any concerns about your mental health, please speak to your GP in the first instance. Your GP may be able to refer you to an appropriate service.
In a crisis, please telephone the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 300 1485 for people living in Leeds or go to the nearest Accident and Emergency unit where you may be assessed by the Acute Liaison Psychiatry Service (ALPS). The SPA is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to support people with acute mental health difficulties. Telephone advice and support is initially available. If required, face to face assessments will be done.
Information on the services available from the NHS in the local area may be found on the website for the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at http://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk.
Leeds Intensive Community Services provide an acute service as an alternative to hospital admission. Service users are able to choose between home based treatment, unit based intervention or a combination of these options. The focus of the service is recovery. More information may be found at http://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/our_services/Leeds-Services/Leeds-ICS.
Services available at the Leeds Community Mental Health Services include mental health assessment/treatment, medical outpatients and rehabilitation/case management via Care Programme Approach. More information may be found at http://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/our-services/Leeds-Services/Leeds-Community-MH.
Information on more than 1,700 organisations and services assisting and supporting people to live independently throughout Leeds may be found on the Leeds Directory website at http://leedsdirectory.org/. A telephone helpline is available on 0113 391 8333. There is also a "What's On" guide to events including cafes and coffee mornings, computer classes and support groups.
Community Links provides a range of client focused mental health services which value diversity, instil hope and improve quality of life through recovery. In the Leeds area, these include:
Leeds Mind provides a range of services throughout Leeds to support people with mental health problems. This independent charity, affiliated to the national Mind, encourages everyone to achieve a full, active and rewarding life. The services available at Leeds Mind include:
The values of Leeds Mind are: inclusion, collaboration, aspiration, respect and excellence. Leeds Mind has signed up to the Time to Change campaign to tackle stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems. More information is available at http://www.leedsmind.org.uk. A national information line is available on 0300 123 3393 with many publications on a range of topics.
The Leeds Mental Health Directory is a source of up-to-date information on the availability and accessibility of mental health services in the city of Leeds. In addition, there are links to factsheets and self-help information in relation to the maintenance of good mental health and wellbeing. The directory is accessible at http://www.leedsmhdirectory.co.uk/.
A range of social and therapeutic activities are available for people with a mental health condition from the Community Support Services at Leeds City Council. These activities include:
The service is co-ordinated at the Lovell Park Hub (close to the city centre), Stocks Hill (Armley) and Vale Circles (Beeston). You could be supported into mainstream activities, for instance, local groups, college courses, and volunteering. A referral must be made to this service through a healthcare professional, voluntary sector service, community mental health team or Adult Social Care at Leeds City Council. A referral form and timetables are available from http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Day-and-Community-Support-Services.aspx/.