Important news about additional local NHS support for mental health

Launch of mental health hotline for children and young people in Wiltshire by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Launch of mental health hotline for adults in Wiltshire by the Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership

1) Launch of mental health hotline for children and young people in Wiltshire by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

A children and young people’s mental health helpline has been launched in Wiltshire (and Bath and North East Somerset and Swindon by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust which runs children’s mental health services in the region.

Anyone concerned about a child or young person’s mental health (or the child or young person themselves) can phone the helpline and speak to mental health experts who will provide advice, guidance and support over the telephone.

The helpline will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be contacted as follows:

9am-5pm – weekdays 01865 903777

5pm-9am – weekdays and weekends 01865 901000

Helpful resources to support children and young people experiencing worries about coronavirus are also available on the following websites

https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/

https://www.onyourmind.org.uk/

This helpline should not be used for situations which are life threatening (when emergency services should be notified by phoning 999). The helplines will also help to reduce pressure on NHS 111, who are having to manage an increasing number of Covid-related calls.

2) Launch of mental health hotline for adults in Wiltshire by the Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership

The Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership has set up a mental health helpline for adults in Wiltshire (and Bath and North East Somerset and Swindon. The number is 0300 3031320 and more information can be found here: http://www.awp.nhs.uk/advice-support/24-hour-support/.

This helpline should not be used for situations which are life threatening (when emergency services should be notified by phoning 999). The helplines will also help to reduce pressure on NHS 111, who are having to manage an increasing number of Covid-related calls.

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