There may be times when you find yourself or someone that you care for in extreme difficulties and you may need help very quickly. Locally and nationally, there are people and systems set up to deal with these types of situations.
What do I do if I find myself in crisis?
I’m worried about myself. What should I do?
Visit a General Practitioner (GP), if you can, to be referred to suitable treatment.
Talk to someone you trust, saying what has helped you in the past, if appropriate.
Draw up a crisis card, which is a plan of action for people to follow if you start to show signs that indicate that you need help.
How can I approach someone displaying signs of mental distress?
Approach gently and quietly.
Provide reassurance that you want to help and do not pose any threat.
Remain calm yourself by focusing on how you want to support the person.
Ask how you can help – often the person will know what does and doesn’t help in a given situation.
How can I help if my friend or relative is displaying signs of mental distress?
supporting them and letting them know you are there to help
talking to them about what they feel would help, if they have experienced symptoms before they will know what does and does not help
offering practical help such as making a telephone call to a key worker or other person, or by going with the person to their General Practitioner (GP) or mental health centre
keeping yourself and the person focused on positive things and day to day realities rather than allowing yourself to get caught up in their distress.
What can I do if a friend or relative will not seek help?
Some people, even when experiencing severe mental distress may not ask for help and even reject any suggestion of help. Although you may be concerned, pressing them may make matters worse. You may need to make the decision to contact professionals, especially if you think that the person may be a danger to themselves or someone else. You can contact local social services to ask for a Mental Health Act assessment, which would involve two doctors and an approved mental health professional. An assessment may result in a person being taken to hospital against their will.
What can I do if it is an emergency?
you can go to accident and emergency
phone the emergency number at the social services department of your local authority
if the police take you to a place of safety it may also be possible to get an emergency appointment with your General Practitioner (GP).
Do I have to go to my General Practitioner (GP) to get help for mental distress?
Your GP is your first point of contact if you wish to access medical services either National Health Service (NHS) or private. Your GP can also refer you for talking treatments such as counselling. There are a number of private and voluntary organisations offering services that can help.
What treatments are there available for mental distress?
talking treatments such as counselling, self-help groups and complementary therapies
change in lifestyle in terms of diet and exercise, spirituality, yoga, Tai-Chi, meditation, self-confidence or assertiveness courses
Can I speak to someone now?
Dorking Minds is focused on providing subsidised Mental health First Aid Training. If you're in distress and feel that you need to speak to someone immediately, we recommed The Samaritans who provide confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Thanks to Mind for the content of this page. To find out more about Mind at https://www.mind.org.uk/
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES IN DORKING, EPSOM AND LEATHERHEAD DEANERIES
Before you engage with a therapist, you may want to consider reading this excellent guide on how to access services, and what to expect from The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), a professional body and a charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the public.
Safe Havens provide out of hours help and support to people and their carers who are experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional distress.
There are six services open in town centre locations across Surrey and North East Hampshire to residents of any district or borough within this area. So, for example, if you live in Epsom you could go to the Guildford Safe Haven.
They are open evenings, weekends and bank holidays and are designed to give adults a safe alternative to A&E when in crisis (please see individual services for detailed opening times).
Each Safe Haven is staffed by a mental health practitioner from Surrey and Borders Partnership and two trained Safe Haven workers. Peer support from people with lived experience of mental health issues is also increasingly available. These are the nearest Safe Havens to Dorking:
CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is affecting all our lives. Many of us are struggling with how it's affecting ourselves and our loved ones. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too (links to Mind’s website).
Tips, advice and where to get support for your child's mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (links to Young Minds’ website)
Mole Valley District Council Coronavirus Information.