Counselling is a form of talking therapy that allows you to talk about issues in your past or present circumstances with someone who can listen and support you and can help you understand your feelings.
There are a number of organisations that offer counselling in Stockport:
Beacon Counselling – self referral via www.beacon-counselling.org.uk 0161 440 0055. Most services are free of charge, but others do ask for a donation.
TLC (Talk Listen Change) - This can be accessed by self referral via https://talklistenchange.org.uk/stockporthomes. Access to this service is free for ALL Stockport Homes tenants, and can be accessed for free by non -Stockport Homes tenants if they are referred through The Prevention Alliance (TPA) (see below). The service delivers counselling from a number of locations in Stockport, including the Brinnington Children’s Centre. Waiting times are generally very short, sometimes allowing people to start therapy within 1-2 weeks of referral. In addition to regular counselling, TLC can also offer specialist support relating to domestic abuse, both for perpetrators of abuse who wish to change, as well as for victims and also children living in households where domestic abuse takes place.
CBT is a form of psychological therapy that can help you manage a variety of problems by helping you work out how your feelings make you think and act. It has a particularly good evidence base to help a number of different conditions, including anxiety, depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
There are a number of organisations through which you can access CBT in Stockport:
Stockport Psychological Wellbeing Service (PWS): www.stockportpws.org.uk 0161 480 2020. The PWS is accessed by self-referral and offer online CBT (e-therapy) as well as one-to-one and group therapy. This service is free of charge.
Healthy Minds.www.penninecare.nhs.uk/healthyminds Healthy Minds is the psychological therapies arm of the mental health service delivered by Pennine Care through the Oasis building at Stepping Hill. This service is free of charge.
As your surgery we will always do our best to see people when they need to see a GP. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis and feel that you need urgent support, tell our receptionists this and we will always try to see you the same day.
The Sanctuary is a crisis support service run by the same people who run the PWS. They offer an out-of-hours telephone service as well as a safe haven place to visit for support. They are open from 6pm until 1am and can be contacted on: 0300 003 7029
The Samaritans is a 24/7 support line available to talk to people in crisis. This is free of charge and can be accessed by calling 116 123.
The RAID team are the mental health team based within the Emergency Department (ED) at Stepping Hill. We recognise that a busy ED isn’t always the best place to be when you are struggling mentally, but if you feel that none of the above services can support you adequately or keep you safe then the ED is the place to go.
The Prevention Alliance (TPA)
The TPA is an alliance of many charities and third sector organisations in Stockport. They are essentially a one-stop shop for people with a wide variety of care and support needs. They can be contacted by anybody by visiting www.stockporttpa.co.uk or by calling 0161 474 1042 in order to discuss the issues you face and to see what support may be available.
The pantry is a reduced price food service available to anyone who is struggling financially for whatever reason. It is not means tested and does not require a membership. For £3.50 a week you can take up to 10 items of food from the store. The pantry is open on Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm and Fridays 10-11am at First House. Visit: https://www.yourlocalpantry.co.uk/ for further information.
In addition to providing access to counselling as described earlier, Stockport Homes are also able to offer support to all Stockport residents to combat social isolation through volunteering and employment. They have established links with a number of local organisations who can provide support with job skills training, interview readiness and also work experience. For further information, visit: https://www.stockporthomes.org/employment-support/. Another service they offer is a furniture recycling scheme, through which you can donate any items you don’t need, or access furniture that you are missing. Please go to: https://www.stockporthomes.org/advice-and-support/support-in-the-home/furniture-recycling-service/ for more information. Finally, Stockport Homes has access to a variety of charitable funds that can be used by local community groups wishing to set up or evolve.
Wellbeing and Self Care Service
Each GP surgery in Stockport has access to a Wellbeing and Self Care Navigator. For Brinnington patients, our worker is Imelda Watson. She has a lot of experience of working with people with poor mental wellbeing and understands in good detail the variety of services that are available in the local area to provide support. This service is accessed by consulting with one of the GPs, or through discussion with our receptionists.
Psychological Medicines Service
This is a specialist team set up in Stockport to help people with complex issues such as personality disorder and persistent physical symptoms (for example causes by chronic disease, or other issues such as chronic pain). They can provide the support of a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a support worker. This service is only accessible by GP referral, but please do discuss this with us in surgery if you feel you might need this support.
This is another specialist service, accessed again via GP referral. This is a very intense service based in Brinnington where people with multiple complex needs can be supported by our Focussed Care worker (Liz O’Reilly). This service is very good to help people who have previously struggled to work with other mental health services
The Life Leisure team based at the Brinnington Park leisure complex can assist with helping people combat depression and anxiety through exercise. The Physical Activity Referral in Stockport (PARiS) scheme provides reduced rate access to the facilities at the leisure complex for people with a health need that would benefit from exercise. This includes physical health issues, such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, joint pains, obesity, as well as mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. They offer a variety of indoor and outdoor leisure-based activities, not limited to using the gym itself. People can self-refer to this scheme by dropping in to the gym at Brinnington Park and asking about the PARiS scheme.
Working Well Early Help (WWEH)
This is a service aimed at supporting people who have either recently been made unemployed or who are at risk of becoming unemployed due to ill health, either mental or physical. They can provide rapid access to counselling and CBT, as well as physiotherapy, and can also liaise with employers to help support changes to your work patterns / role in order to help you remain in work while your health issue improves. This service is accessible through referral from your GP – feel free to discuss this with us whenever we issue you a fit note to advise time off work.
There are a number of other organisations to whom we often signpost people who have poor mental wellbeing or a support need due to a specific trigger or issue. These are listed below:
CRUSE Bereavement Care – www.cruse.org.uk 0808 808 1677
Beechwood Cancer Care – www.beechwoodcancercare.org.uk 0161 476 0384
Oakwood House – Specialist support for eating disorders – www.oakwoodhouse.co.uk 0161 456 6799
National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) – www.napac.org.uk 0808 801 0331
Survivors Manchester – Specialist support for male victims of sexual abuse and/or rape – www.survivorsmanchester.org.uk 0161 236 2182
LGBT Foundation - https://lgbt.foundation/ 0345 3 30 30 30
Stockport MIND – www.stockportmind.org.uk 0161 480 7393
Welfare Rights – for support with ensuring you access the correct benefits etc. – 0161 474 3093
Signpost – Support for carers for any reason – www.signpostforcarers.org.uk 0161 442 0442
Rethink – Support for carers of people affected by mental health – www.rethink.org 0300 5000 927
Respect For All – Support and counselling for people with learning disabilities, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders – www.respectforall.org.uk 0790 222 3743
The Local SEND Offer – A detailed website with information about support available for anyone 0-25 with a Special Educational Need or Disability – www.sensupportstockport.uk