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The types of services available in your area can vary but the Directory available at the side of the page can provide you with ones that are located nearby. Local groups can provide you with support during difficult times and drop-in centres can be a great place to find advice. If you are unsure about what kind of service you are looking for perhaps find out a little more in 'Types of Service'.

If you would like to find services in your area NHS Choices have a service directory that you may find useful.

NHS Choices also provides information about whether you are eligible for free therapy or counselling through the NHS.

Private counsellors can be found here but you will be required to pay for therapy.

Information about how to ask for help in the Shropshire area can be found here.

A group of local counsellors in Shropshire set up Confide which provides information about local counselling services as well as a Mental Wellbeing MOT for helping you to maintain good mental health.

Relevant links

Healthwatch Shropshire are an organisation dedicated to helping people in Shropshire get the best from their health and social care services.

Healthy Friendships is a registered mental health charity which operates in Powys and South Shropshire, offering support in the community to adults experiencing mental and or emotional distress. Services available include weekly social groups, memory cafes, outreach services and 1:1 support. Referrals can be made by health professionals, and individuals can refer themselves, friends or family members. Please call 01938 552104 for more information.

Local GPs can be found through the NHS Choices website.

Samaritans are there to listen and provide support 24/7.

Mind is a mental health national organisation that provide useful information.

If you are worried about discrimination or stigma surrounding mental health you should look at Time to Change for further information.

EasyHealth provide accessible leaflets with information about mental health issues, information about services and videos.

More national mental health helplines can be found on the NHS Choices website.


Fact Zone

Smiling can make ourselves and the people around us happy.
Why not try doing something new – when we challenge ourselves it exercises our brain.
Try writing down all the things you need to get done and aiming to do a few each day instead of leaving them until the last minute.
Relax every now and again. Take time for yourself if you’re feeling stressed.
Try doing a crossword or Sudoku puzzle every now and again to keep you mentally healthy.
A cup of tea with a friend can be the most important thing you do this week.
If there’'s something you enjoy, like reading a book, set time aside each week to do that.  If not, set time aside to find a new interest.
Stress is a part of life but there are ways you can deal with it effectively.
Doing exercise has been proven to help keep both your body and mind healthy.
Take one day at a time.
Try not to worry about things that are out of your control.
Doing good can make us feel good.  For ideas in your community, check out our Downloads.
It'’s important to stay connected with the people you care about so why not invite a friend round for tea and a chat.
There are 24 hours in a day which means you can spend a third asleep, a third at work and a third doing whatever makes you happy.
A good night'’s sleep can do wonders for your mental health.
Join an online or offline group to find people with similar interests – you might meet some new friends.
Find somewhere new to visit. Shropshire is a beautiful place with lots of interesting sights to see.
If you are worried about yourself or someone else talk to a trusted friend, family member or GP.
There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
Find out about mindfulness, a method of relaxing that even the scientists are excited about.