Mental wellbeing and dementia support in Hart

This page covers the following topics:

Mental wellbeing support for adults

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services

  • What does the service provide? Free access to approved therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
  • Who is the service for? Anybody aged 16 and above who is feeling stressed, anxious, low in mood or depressed.
  • How can I access the service?  You can talk to your GP about whether the IAPT service is right for you, or you can contact the service directly.  

There are two services the Hart area:

If you are registered with a GP practice in the North East Hampshire & Farnham area you can access the TalkPlus service.  To find out which GP practices are in this area visit www.northeasthampshireandfarnhamccg.nhs.uk/local-health-services/gp-practices.

If you are registered with a GP practice in the North Hampshire area you can access the italk service. To find out which GP practices are in this area visit www.northhampshireccg.nhs.uk/about-us/member-practices/.

Wellbeing Centre Hart and Rushmoor (provided by mcch)

  • What does the service provide? Supports people with mental health needs in their recovery journey including engaging with groups in the community, employment support, wellbeing and emotional support. 
  • Who is the service for? People who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health wellbeing and would like support in their recovery.
  • How can I access the service?  You can speak to your GP or Community Mental Health Team (if already in contact with one), or contact the Wellbeing Centre direct on 01252 338810 or email r.webster@mcch.org.uk  

Sunshine and Showers

  • What does the service provide? Local depression and anxiety support groups.
  • Who is the service for? People with mild to moderate depression or anxiety.
  • How can I access the service? Telephone Megan Ravenhill at Hart Voluntary Action 01252 815652 or email admin@hartvolaction.org.uk.

Fleet OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) & BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) Support Group

  • What does the service provide? We aim to support, educate and raise awareness during our monthly meetings. Every 3 months we invite a speaker to come and talk about relevant issues. The group is user-led and professionally supported by the national charity OCD Action.  First Wednesday of every month 7.00 - 9.00 pm, at The Key Centre, Elvetham Heath.
  • Who is the service for?  People with OCD and/or BDD and for their families, friends and carers.
  • How can I access the service? Contact Angela Forster on 01252 819431 or email ocdfleet@gmail.com

Community Access Project

  • What does the service provide? Friendly, impartial advice on coping with a wide range of daily living activities including: keeping appointments, socialising and hobbies, encouraging good housekeeping skills, information seeking, and other personal goals.  Support to return to education and access other services.  
  • Who is the service for?  People aged between 18 and 65, living in Aldershot, Farnborough and Fleet areas.  You can access the service if you are experiencing mental distress and you do not have support from any other mental health worker or receive any other one-to-one support from other agencies.  
  • How can I access the service? Telephone 07894 606244 or email broadhurstcap@hotmail.co.uk.

North East Hampshire & Farnham Recovery College

The Recovery College can support you to improve your health and wellbeing and pursue your own unique life goals, with or without the ongoing symptoms of an illness or condition. 

Courses are aimed at everyone aged 18 and over in the North East Hampshire and Farnham area and delivered in a variety of locations. Whether you want to improve your health and wellbeing, have a physical or mental health condition that you want to learn how to manage, or care for someone who has a physical or mental health condition, there are courses for you.

  • Develop skills such as learning to sleep well or getting into work
  • Build your confidence and learn how to manage low self-esteem
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle with Pilates, seated exercise or healthy eating courses
  • Explore your creative side with art, music or creative writing
  • Learn more about physical and mental health conditions

For information about all courses visit www.sabp.nhs.uk/recoverycollege, phone 07920 207046 and ask for the Recovery College or email Recovery.College@sabp.nhs.uk.

Urgent help

The services above are not urgent services.  If you feel in need of immediate help and are in distress or crisis, contact your GP in the first instance.  If you cannot contact your GP, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours service on 111 (free to call, 24 hours).

If you need to talk things through contact the Samaritans on 116 123 (free to call, 24 hours).

If you feel at risk of harming yourself or others:

If you live in the North East Hampshire & Farnham area you can call the Mental Health Crisis Helpline on 0300 456 83 42 and speak to someone trained to help you manage your distress and keep you safe. Available evenings (5.00pm – 9.00am), with 24h cover at weekends and bank holidays.  To find out more visit www.sabp.nhs.uk/advice/crisis-help.  You can also visit the ‘Safe Haven’ at the Time Out Café, The Wellbeing Centre, 121-123 Victoria Rd, Aldershot, GU11 1JN. Mon-Fri 6pm—11pm, Weekends & Bank Holidays.

If you live in the North Hampshire area go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency department or contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

In an emergency phone 999.

Other types of mental health service

For information about Community Mental Health Teams and other mental health services:

If you are registered with a GP practice in the North East Hampshire & Farnham area visit www.sabp.nhs.uk/services/mental-health for more information.

If you are registered with a GP practice in the North Hampshire area visit www.southernhealth.nhs.uk/services/mental-health for more information.

These services should be accessed via your GP. 

Mental wellbeing support for children and young people

121 Youth Counselling

Set up 2 years ago by Hart Voluntary Action, the 121 Youth Counselling project provides open-ended counselling for young people aged 11-25 years of age living in Hart or who are patients with a Hart GP practice.  Counsellors are equipped to support young people who are dealing with a range of issues including suicidal thoughts, self-harm, depression, anxiety, and bereavement.

Counselling sessions are weekly and available at different community venues across the district and operate after school/college hours Monday – Friday.  These are free to the young person although donations are always welcome.   All counsellors are registered with and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and fully qualified or working at Level 4 for 17-25 year olds.

Referrals to the service are welcome from schools and colleges, health and social care professionals and young people themselves.   Once in the service, we guarantee absolute confidentiality of the young person unless there is serious cause for concern about their safety.

For more information or to make a referral contact Megan on 01252 815652 or 121@hartvolaction.org.uk

New!  Emotional Support/Counselling Service for 5-17 year olds

Additional mental health services for children and young people has been commissioned by the 5 Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Groups and will be available for referrals in mid-2016.  The service will provide online counselling support, face-to-face counselling through projects such as 121 Youth Counselling, group therapeutic sessions and play therapy or similar therapeutic interventions for 5-10 year olds.  To register interest in receiving more information about this service, please contact Caroline Winchurch at Hart Voluntary Action – 01252 815652 or ceo@hartvolaction.org.uk

Hampshire CAHMS Service 

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are made up of specialist teams offering assessment and treatment to children and young people up to age 18 who have emotional, behavioural or mental health problems.  You can talk to a GP, teacher or social worker about getting an appointment with us - known as making a referral - if you think you need specialist support.  You can also approach us yourself by giving us a call on 0300 304 0050, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Our trained mental health staff will talk to you about the issues you are having and how we, or one of our partner organisations, may be able to help.  Full details and a referral form available from www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/service-hampshire-community-teams#locations-list-1968

Dementia support

Andover Mind

Andover Mind helps people with dementia and their carers, family and friends to get the appropriate support from first diagnosis throughout their illness. They provide dementia advice services in Basingstoke, Deane and Alton; Hart Rushmoor; Eastleigh, Winchester and Romsey as well as in Andover.

Contact details 01252 624808 or email dementiaadvicehartrushmoor@andovermind.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society Blackwater Valley

Local branch of the Alzheimer's Society covering Hart and Rushmoor Districts. Services include dementia support worker, information and guidance. Singing for the Brain Group in Hartley Wintney and support groups in Aldershot, Fleet and Yateley.

Contact details 01256 363 390 or 07900 240829, email blackwater@alzheimers.org.uk  

The Royal British Legion Admiral Nurses

The focus of the service is to maintain independence and improve the quality of life for carers and families of people living with dementia and to provide the practical advice they need. If you, or the person you are caring for, are serving or have ever served in the Armed Forces, we may be able to help.

Contact details 02382025787

Day Care Centres catering for people with dementia

Frogmore Day Care Centre – 01252 876055 (Mon – Fri - transport available), Rosefield Day Centre for the Elderly , Odiham – 01256 393604 (Tues – Thurs – transport available), Hill House – Dementia Day Care Centre, Ewshot 01252 850236 (Mon-Fri).

Dementia Cafes

Forget Me Not Café, St John’s Church, Hartley Wintney – every Tuesday afternoon 14.00-16.00 for people with dementia and their carers – meet carers support professionals in an informal setting. Alzheimer Café UK – on evening per month in Farnborough with a speaker each time focusing on different dimensions of dementia (3rd Friday of the month 18.00-21.00 except August) – all welcome www.alzheimercafe.co.uk

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