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People living in Bradford District and Craven are encouraged to seek mental health support this winter by visiting the Healthy Minds website (www.healthyminds.services).

The website includes a ‘Support finder’ where individuals are able to get personalised information tailored to their needs, find support services close to you, and mental health tips and advice. It also includes information on how local residents can access support to help with the cost of living

Dr Junaid Azam, GP and Clinical Lead for Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “We’re urging people to come forward to access mental health support this winter. Shorter days and a lack of sunlight can cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD) effects such as low mood, a lack of energy, and difficulty concentrating. The ongoing cost of living crisis compounded with low temperatures is likely to increase anxiety and stress levels. People can visit www.healthyminds.services to access mental health support in Bradford and Craven.”

Helen Davey, CEO of Mind in Bradford and the Chair of the Mental Health Provider Forum for Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “These are extremely difficult times, and we want people to know there is support and help they can access, not just for their mental health but also with the cost of living. Significant stress and anxiety levels can lead to depression and panic attacks which can affect your physical health. This may mean you are feeling tired, struggling to sleep, having difficulty concentrating, getting headaches or perhaps an upset stomach. We know it’s not easy for some of us to ask for support but please make the first step and reach out for help, whether it’s a service you access via the Healthy Minds website or speaking to someone you trust.  You are not alone this winter.”

People can find financial, housing, and wellbeing support for the cost of living on the following websites:

Individuals will find information about warm spaces, energy and bills, and the government support that is available to people on both websites.

Local mental health support services across Bradford District and Craven:

  • Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies (for anxiety and depression): A free and confidential NHS service for people aged 16 and over who are registered with a GP in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven.
    Visit: www.bdctalkingtherapies.nhs.uk
    Call: 01274 221234 from 9am to 5pm (closed during bank holidays)
    Email: talkingtherapiesadmin@bdct.nhs.uk
    Write: Somerset House, Manor Lane, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3BP
  • Guide-Line: Feel like you need to talk to someone? Guide-Line provides confidential, emotional support 365 days a year.
    Call: 08001 884 884 (8am to 12am)
    Live chat online at: www.mindinbradford.org.uk/chat (8am to 12am).
  • Kooth – a free, safe, and anonymous online community available 24/7, 365 days of the year and provides discussion forums, resources and access to online counselling for children and young people aged 10 to 18.
    Visit: www.kooth.com
  • West Yorkshire Night OWLS: a confidential support line for children, young people, their parents, and carers. This service is available from 8pm to 8am.
    Call: 0800 1488 244
    Text: 07984 392700
    Live Chat: www.lslcs.org.uk/services/night-owls-helpline

For urgent mental health crisis support, please contact:

  • First Response on 0800 952 1181. This service offers support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. When a First Response telephone assessment indicates the need for a face-to-face assessment, we will aim to see you within 4 hours.
  • Anyone that is aged seven and over can contact Safe Spaces which is a crisis service in the community, this service is available 365 days a year from 12pm to 2.30am. To access Safe Spaces, call First Response on 0800 952 1181 and ask for ‘Safe Spaces’.