• It’s important to register with a local GP. Go to www.nhs.uk/service-search-find-a-gp to find a GP near you. Your GP is there to help you with your mental health as well as your physical health – around one third of all GP appointments are related to mental health.
  • You can also contact your university/college student wellbeing or safeguarding team to discuss support for your mental health.
  • The mental health, wellbeing and bereavement services featured on MindWell can be accessed by students in Leeds (subject to service criteria) including Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service which offers support and psychological therapies for common mental health problems, such as anxiety, stress, panic attacks, low moods and depression. To access some services you may need to register with a Leeds GP.
  • Support for LGBT+ communities – Yorkshire Mesmac offers sexual health services and mental health support to LGBT+ communities in Yorkshire. Call Mesmac Leeds office to discuss what services are available to support you including group and individual support – 0113 244 4209.
  • Panic attacks – MindWell has information and resources to help you better understand and manage panic attacks.
  • Bereavement – this section can help you to understand more about the grieving process and where to turn to for support, or just someone to listen, if you need to talk things through.
  • Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves, on purpose, as a way of coping with or releasing strong emotions that feel overwhelming. MindWell has tools to help manage self-harm including the Calm Harm mobile phone app, and information about support including Battle Scars, a Leeds-based charity supporting people in the UK who self-harm and their families or friends. All of Battle Scars’ face-to-face services, including groups, are suspended until further notice. Their peer support Facebook group is available. They also have online groups using Zoom, including self-harm peer support groups, the Inbetweeners group for people who struggle with self harm urges but rarely act on them and a support group for parents or families of people who self-harm. There is also an online group for people in Leeds called Do Something Different, which starts in November and focuses on using creativity to help people cope, and is run with Mentally Healthy Leeds. Find out more about joining groups and also receive updates by visiting the Battle Scars website and completing their form for notifications about online groups.