Local people struggling with their mental health this winter are being urged to access the Now We’re Talking website for local advice, support and signposting.
The Now We’re Talking website – www.nowweretalking.nhs.uk – has been developed by local organisations and offers mental health support and information all in one place, helping you navigate to the right support as quickly as possible. This includes links to local community support, online courses which people can access for free straight away, and NHS services provided by the Health and Care NHS Trust. There are also more targeted resources to help manage symptoms such as stress, anxiety or low mood.
The site was accessed over 76,000 times in 2022, and also includes self-help guides and videos which people can access.
Gary Morgan, Head of Communications for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, said: “It’s really important to make sure you’re taking care of your mental health. The weeks after Christmas can often be challenging with cold nights, financial worries and isolation. Although January is often a focus for kick-starting your physical health, it’s just as important to make sure you’re taking care of your mental health in the same way and we hope the Now We’re Talking site can help you get the help and support you need really quickly.”
Anyone needing more urgent support, for example if they have an urgent concern about their mental health or that of a loved one, can contact the Herefordshire and Worcestershire 24/7 urgent mental health helpline on 0808 196 9127. The service is open to residents of all ages, across both counties. Alternatively, you can visit the Urgent Help webpage for further information and support.
The Now We’re Talking campaign is a partnership of local organisations from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire working together to reduce the stigma of mental health, as well as promote the range of support available for local people.
For mental health support for children and young people, please visit the dedicated Childrens’ Mental Health website. There is a dedicated section for parents worried about their child, and a range of downloadable resources which map out the support available.