Help and support is available to anyone who is struggling to find employment or their next steps in education or training. Choose from services listed below to find out more:
- Health and Well-being
- Specialist Support Services
- Self-help Resources
- Debt Management and Financial Support
Health and Well-being
It's okay not to be okay.
The following links will provide you with a range of mental health and well-being support.
You can give Mindline a call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please keep well and know that we are here for you, whatever you are going through. HELPLINE 01823 276892
Somerset Mental Health Hub Providing useful links to those who offer support to people experiencing poor mental well-being and those that care for them within their communities.
Open Mental Health Giving you support when you need it.
Somerset NHS Foundation Delivering joined up community, mental health and acute hospital care.
Mental Health Crisis Offering support when a person may feel in need or need urgent care and support.
Links for young people Advice and support for young people in Somerset.
Somerset County Council Corona Virus Support: Mental and emotional health information to help you look after yourself and those around you.
Specialist Support Services
You can contact the Samaritans free, 24 hours a day HELPLINE 116 123
Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service Lines are open 24/7 - Call 0300 303 8788
Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service Lines are open 24/7 - Call 0300 330 5463
Somerset Domestic Abuse Service Call 0800 69 49 999
Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Call 0808 801 0456/64
Bereavement Support offers one-to-one support sessions for anyone bereaved in the last 6 months. Please call 0800 3047 412 for more information. Lines are open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
Looking after your well-being
Well-being is about how we think, feel and behave. Below are some tips to help put into practice things that will support wellbeing:
- Connect with people who make you feel good – by phone, on-line or letter
- Share your worries – with people you trust – or if you are feeling isolated, there are helplines and online support forums
- Exercise everyday and try to go outside
- Keep to a routine and eat sensibly, drink plenty of water and keep taking any prescribed medication. Maintain a regular sleep pattern
- Keep your mind active and spend time each day doing activities you enjoy
- Help others. Often the small things make the biggest difference
Further self-help resources:
Every Mind Matters Expert advice and practical tips.
Well-being and mental health A guide to looking after yourself and others.
Somerset Community Connect Health, care and well-being information and advice.
Somerset Recovery College offers opportunities to learn about mental health and recovery by equipping you with the tools to live a fulfilling life.
Library - Mental Health Resources A collection of reading materials and resources to support mental health and well-being.
SPARK A CHANGE Explore volunteering opportunities and skills development.
You can access a range of help and support from local authorities, the NHS, charities and other organisations in Somerset by visiting the Somerset County Council website. To receive the latest information, sign up to the newsletter for regular Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates.
If you can’t find the help you need on this website, or your need is more urgent, please call the Somerset Coronavirus Helpline on: 0300 790 6275
The helpline is available from 8am to 6pm every day, including weekends.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired you can contact the Somerset Coronavirus Helpline using SMS text: 07781 482858
Debt Management and Financial Support
Losing your job or watching your business go bust brings with it a whole heap of money worries. If you’re concerned about paying bills your bills or mortgage repayments, there’s financial support and assistance available to help you through this difficult time.
- You can use the government’s BENEFITS CALCULATOR to check out what benefits you might be entitled, for example Universal credit and Jobseeker's allowance
- If you're finding it hard to pay your mortgage, speak to your lender
- Talk to your district council about help with paying your council tax bill
- Contact your broadband, energy, phone and water provider for details of support they can offer
- Discuss with banks about any outstanding overdrafts and loans
The following links offer financial advice and support:
Money Advice Service Free and impartial money advice, set up by government.
Citizens Advice Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face.
Step Change Our team of debt experts help thousands of people every week to deal with their debt problems, and get their lives back on track.
Turn to us A national charity helping people when times get tough.
Navigate Charity Our services provide free, impartial, confidential and effective money and debt management advice.
West Somerset Advice Local Assistance Scheme - Help in a Crisis.