External Support - Mental Health

Sheffield Mental Health Services


Young Minds

Young Minds is a national charity that works to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all children and young people. The website provides detailed information for young people about their mental health, access to resources and where to find support and help.


The Mix

The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free confidential support to young people under 25. They give information on a range of issues, from mental health to sex and relationships, crime and safety, housing and work. They offer a dedicated helpline on 0808 808 4994 between 4pm - 11pm everyday. Check out how you can contact them: ​https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team.​ More info: ​https://www.themix.org.uk/

Mental Health and Money Advice

Mental Health and Money Advice is an online resource that provides clear, practical advice and support for those who are experiencing issues with mental health and money.



Togetherall is a digital mental health support service which is available online, 24/7, and is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Sign up with your university email address at: https://togetherall.com/

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness is a national mental health charity. It provides a range of information on their website about national and local services.
Sheffield Helpline –​ a telephone support service for anyone affected by mental health issues.

This service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0808 801 0440.

The helpline is operated by staff at the crisis accommodation so they might not always be able to answer immediately. Please try again.https://www.rethink.org/


The​ Samaritans​ offer emotional support 24 hours a day. You can call them on 116 123, 365 days a year, or email them at jo@samaritans.org​. In response to Covid-19, the in-person service at the Sheffield branch has been suspended.


Single Point of Access (SPA)

The SPA manages patient referrals from health professionals into all community mental health services. The SPA triages all referrals, including self-referrals, to determine the need and urgency for assessment. In order to be referred to or access the service, an individual must be registered with a GP practice in the City of Sheffield. They can be contacted 24/7 on 0114 226 3636. https://www.shsc.nhs.uk/services/single-point-access

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

The IAPT NHS service provides free psychological therapies to adults suffering from mild to moderate depression, anxiety or stress, CBT therapy and counselling. You can self-refer online: https://gateway.mayden.co.uk/referral-v2/e51737d5-6296-480c-96ac-088838f92581

In response to Covid-19, the courses are delivered online, and one-to-one telephone and Skype appointments are on offer.

Sheffield Mind

Sheffield Mind offers a number of different services across the city for people who are experiencing mental health problems, as well as for the carers supporting them. This includes free counselling and psychotherapy to adults registered with a Sheffield GP, providing they meet the eligibility criteria. Self referrals or referrals from other professionals are accepted.


Sheffield Flourish

Sheffield Flourish is a charity which works collaboratively on innovative digital and community projects, recognising the untapped strengths of people who have experienced mental health challenges. Check out their website, it features personal stories about mental health in the city:https://sheffieldflourish.co.uk/

Sheffield Flourish manage the S​heffield Mental Health Guide​ for local services, activities and support related to mental health and wellbeing. Create a personal toolkit. Set goals, journal, show gratitude, and save resources and activities in one private online space.https://www.sheffieldmentalhealth.co.uk/

Share Psychotherapy

Share Psychotherapy is a Sheffield-based organisation and registered charity offering psychotherapy services to everyone, including those who are economically disadvantaged or who, for other reasons, cannot obtain such help. Costs for therapy sessions are £15 per session for students, regardless of income.


Strong Minds Together

Strong Minds Together is a Sheffield based mental health support group. They run face to face groups for men on Tuesdays between 7pm - 9pm. These are facilitated by a Counsellor, with a game of football at 8pm. They also run face to face groups for women on Thursdays between 7pm - 8.15pm. These are peer led, with trainees or professionals attending when available. All groups are free of charge, refreshments are provided.

For more information email: strongminds01@gmail.com, or check out their website: https://www.strongmindstogether.co.uk/

Men Up North

Men Up North run informal meet ups. These require no sign up, are informal and run by volunteers. They are not coaching sessions or group therapy, but they are still a safe place to share, listen and gain an understanding of the different issues faced by men regarding mental health, and what it means to be a man in the present day. Check their website for information on when meet ups will recommence.


Open Door Music

Open Door Music is a mental health friendly enterprise group where people get together to jam, socialise, sing, build friendships and pursue musical ambitions. The groups are free. https://sheffieldflourish.co.uk/our-enterprises/open-door-music/

No Panic

No Panic Sheffield deliver self-help support groups online. These take the form of a presentation and discussion around a mental health topic between 6.30 - 8.30 pm via Zoom every Wednesday from September. Based on CBT techniques and peer support, the groups aim to help people find ways of managing anxiety, including social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, phobias and PTSD. Those with depression and low mood are also welcome.


OCD Action

OCD Action is a national charity that provides support and information to anybody who is affected by OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), and related conditions (BDD, Dermatillomania, Trichotillomania, Hoarding Disorder). OCD Action provides a helpline from 9.30am - 8pm Monday to Friday. This is a confidential and unbiased service offering help, information and support for people with OCD, their carers, or concerned friends or family. The helpline number is 0330 636 5478, which does not come with any extra charges. Their service can also be accessed via email: support@ocdaction.org.uk. They offer support groups that meet online or over the phone. Here is a list of approximately 50 groups, including a few for parents or loved ones:


More info: ​https://www.ocdaction.org.uk/

Early Intervention in Psychosis Service

The Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Service is for people experiencing first episode psychosis (including psychosis associated with trauma or substance abuse), and for those individuals ‘at high risk of developing psychosis’. Service users are eligible for EIP services on first presentation to a mental health service with sustained psychotic symptoms lasting longer than 7 days, irrespective of the duration of untreated psychosis. If the primary problem is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Personality Disorder then treatment is likely to be better offered through a different service. Referrals can be made via the Single Point of Access (see above), or the University Health Service. https://www.shsc.nhs.uk/services/early-intervention-psychosis-eip

Emotional Wellbeing Service

The Emotional Wellbeing Service (EWS) is a multi-disciplinary team, which offers assessment, advice and support to primary care, and brief intervention for service users who don’t require on-going secondary care services. It also acts as a transitional step for service users moving through their care journey, “stepping up” at times of concern and “stepping down” to on-going support within a person’s own community. The service aims to bridge the gap between primary and secondary mental health care in Sheffield. To access this service, you would need to self refer via the Single Point of Access service (see above).


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