People living in the Black Country now have easier access to a specialist mental health helpline with the introduction of a new freephone number.
The NHS mental health crisis helpline is run by Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.
Particularly suited to those who feel like they need urgent help, the helpline is manned by specialist mental health staff that will provide advice, support and signposting over the phone.
Existing service users are encouraged to maintain their usual route of contact.
People can access the 24/7 freephone number by calling 0800 008 6516.
Alongside those in crisis, for more common mental health problems such as low mood, depression, anxiety and stress people can self-refer to Healthy Minds / Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.
Dudley Talking Therapies 0800 953 0404 http://www.dwmh.nhs.uk/dudley-talking-therapy-service/
Sandwell Healthy Minds 0303 033 9903 https://www.sandwellhealthyminds.nhs.uk/
Walsall Talking Therapies 0800 953 0995 http://www.dwmh.nhs.uk/walsall-talking-therapies-service/
Wolverhampton Healthy Minds 0800 923 0222 or 01902 441 856 https://www.wolverhamptonhealthyminds.nhs.uk/