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If a loved one is showing signs and symptoms of mental illness, be open and honest about your concerns. Offer encouragement and support.

Help find a mental health professional for them.

If they need urgent help call 999 or visit West Yorkshire Suicide Prevention.

You might have difficult thoughts like:You don't really see yourself as a carer

You don't think you help much

You don't understand what they are going through

You might have concerns, such as feeling:

Worried you're doing the wrong thing

Worried about their safety

Worried about what other people think

You might experience challenges like:

Your relationship is changing

They won't get help

They push you away or say upsetting things

It's hard to get them the help they need

If you haven't experienced a mental health problem, it can be difficult to understand what it's like. Ask them to try and explain – but remember it isn't always easy to describe. You could both look at some mental health informationblogs and short videos. These resources might help them find something that puts it into the right words.

If your loved one has self-harmed or is considering doing so, take them to hospital or call for emergency help

Parents Mental Health Support | Advice for Your Child | YoungMinds

Get urgent help for mental health - NHS (

Mental health services - NHS (

Support services for mental health - Mind

Online mental health support | Mental Health Foundation

Adult mental health support - Wakefield Council

Mental health and wellbeing - Wakefield Council

Self-Care - Things you can do to proactively look after your mental health.

Mental Health Support Help Lines – Offering a safe place to talk and have someone listen to whatever is worrying you.

Talking Therapies – One to one or group therapies.

GP Practice – Your GP can refer you to secondary mental health services or prescribe medication.

Community Mental Health Support – Support services, offering a variety of emotional and practical support for adults.

Live Well Wakefield - Supporting healthy living for the people of Wakefield District, providing information, advice, and support in coping with everyday life.

 Call: 01924 255363

Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service - A comprehensive local support service

Call: 0800 915 1561

Samaritans - Offering a safe place to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever's getting to you. You don't have to be suicidal. Telephone support available 24hrs a day – 365 days a year.

Call: 01924 116 123 (this number is free to call)

Turning Point - Offers specialist and integrated services across England and Wales, focusing on substance misuse, learning disability, mental health, and employment. The service is designed to provide quick and easy access to a range of psychological therapies – so you can get the help you need, when you need it.

Call: 01924 234 860

The Silver Line

0800 4 70 80 90 - The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Age UK

Age UK services for the elderly | Age UK

Your mind matters: Elderly mental health | Age UK

Age UK Wakefield District:

01977 552114

Social Care Direct

Social Care Direct

If you need extra support, contact Social Care Direct. They will make an over the phone assessment to assess the help you may need

Online forms:

Refer yourself

Refer someone else

Contact details:

Telephone: 0345 8 503 503.

Fax: 01924 303455

Minicom: 01924 303450 (type talk welcome)


Access Bus

AccessBus | Metro (

Access Bus is a dial-a-ride bus service, which provides door-to-door transport.

Operates 7 days a week (excluding bank holidays) and with limited capacity on Sundays.

How to register:

Application form:  (pdf - opens in new window)

Telephone:0113 348 1903


Last updated: 11/23/2022