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Help in a crisis and visiting information during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit. 

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

Be a champion

Too many people are made to feel ashamed or isolated because they have a mental health problem. Time to Change is a national social movement to change how people think and act about mental health. They are looking for champions who can support this goal using their own lived experience of mental health problems.

Could you be a Time to Change champion?

Being a Time to Change champion means:

  • living the values we would all like to see changed in our society
  • sharing your lived experience
  • passing on knowledge
  • being honest about how you feel
  • speaking up when stereotypes and misinformation is used
  • growing the social movement, either online, one-to-one, or at events

Time to Change is organised by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

If you are feeling that this is an opportunity that you would like to take up, there is more information about Time to Change on their website. On their website you can register as a champion, and also take part in their programme of e-learning modules where you will find advice and information about the role of a Time to Change champion.

At the Recovery College, we work with our students to increase their knowledge and understanding for the self-management of their health and wellbeing. It can take a lot of courage and understanding to speak up about your own lived experience, which we cover in our course ‘It’s Good To Talk.’ If you are interested in becoming a student at the college or signing up for any of our courses, please refer to our prospectus.


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