Lifestyle changes. The NHS website has some great advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing. You can also ask reception for an appointment with one of our Health Trainers for advice about making positive lifestyle choices. The Health Trainer can refer you for reduced price gym sessions if that’s something you feel would help you.
Mindfulness. Consider a mindfulness app such as Headspace and Calm
Sleep hygiene. Advice from national sleep foundation.
Avoiding alcohol and drugs. Liverpool’s Addaction can help if these areas are problematic.
Big White Wall– online community mental health services – peer support, self-help programmes etc.
Space from stress– free online CBT self-help.
University of Liverpool Counselling service: Open 9-5 daily for information on services available, or attend a drop inbetween 10-11am Monday-Friday for assessment: 14 Oxford Road, opposite Uni gym. Website also offers excellent self-help resources. Other Universities also all offer counselling services.
Talk Liverpool. Offers range of talking therapies from group sessions to CBT/CAT etc. Also has self-help information. This is a self-referral process – fill in quick online form and psychologist will call back for an hour’s assessment.
For students doing health and life sciences courses at the University of Liverpool, there is a Psychology Support Service which can be accessed via your educational supervisor/course tutor.
University of Liverpool Nightline service– Open 8pm-8am every night, run by volunteers and there to help anyone who needs support: 0151 795 8100
All of the above are freeservices.
Medication is not for everyone, but if your GP has suggested it may be beneficial for you, here is some basic information about medications used:
1. Beta blockers – e.g propranolol. Used as needed for the physical symptoms of anxiety and panic- palpitations, dizziness, breathlessness, sweating, nausea etc. Work in the short term.
2. SSRI’s – examples are fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram. These are used for anxiety and depression, often when these diagnoses are affecting how a patient functions. SSRI’s are usually well tolerated and are a safe drug. They can take 2-3 weeks to work, they very occasionally can make things slightly worse before better, and they can have some mild side effects initially, which tend to go after a week or so. After a first episode of anxiety or depression, you tend to use for 6-12 months. This would always be monitored by your GP.
3. Occasionally, your GP may suggest a sleeping tablet. In some circumstances, these can be very useful, for example after an acute upset or life event. However, these can be addictive, and are not a long term solution for sleep problems.
Brownlow Health is open 8am-630pm Monday-Friday. A GP will always call you back between these hours if you are in crisis.
The Liverpool Mental health Crisis team is based in the Royal Hospital A&E department. You can turn up anytime if you are in a mental health crisis, or call them on 0151 7062000, and ask for the crisis team
The Samaritans, OPEN 24/7 – call 116 123
James’ Place provides a service to men in suicidal crisis.
Staying Safe: Help and resources for people experiencing suicidal thoughts.