Wakefield Mental Health & Wellbeing Support Service

Address: The Gaslight Lower Warrengate Wakefield WF1 1SA

01924 339157

Our community mental health and wellbeing service offers a range of mental health services through the 5 Ways to Wellbeing approach:

· CONNECT: Develop existing relationships, make new connections and friendships, access support from peers
· TAKE NOTICE: Be aware of thoughts and feelings, think about physical health
· BE ACTIVE: Access to activities, support to think about ways of finding physical activities to enjoy
· GIVE: Take opportunities to be involved in the development and delivery of the service
· KEEP LEARNING: Access opportunities to develop new skills and learn new things, improve self-confidence and self-esteem

This service is commissioned by Wakefield Council.

How we help

We offer three kinds of support:

12 Session Support Programme:

This is a 12 session programme of 1:1 support that offers specific and practical support tailored to meet the individual needs of the people we support. A named Recovery Worker will work with each individual to identify and achieve their goals, and produce a programme of support through the “5 Ways to Wellbeing” approach.

You need a referral to access this programme. Referrals are available by contacting the service and can be completed by the individual wishing to access support, friends or family or other professionals. Support is available for those needing assistance to complete a referral.

We also offer a “pick and mix” menu of support activity groups so you can choose topics that are relevant to you and your health and wellbeing. Topics include:

· Positive mental health
· Anxiety management
· Challenging unhelpful thinking
· Assertiveness
· Anger and stress management
· Relaxation techniques
· Sleep management
· Maintaining mental health through physical activity, exercise and healthy eating

Drop-In:

We offer drop-in sessions at a variety of venues throughout the district, which provide a safe space for people to drop in for a cuppa, say hello and catch up with others. You can also engage in therapeutic activities, pick up information about support, advice and guidance, signposting, listening, crisis support and revolution, and solving practical problems.

We also run a drop-in service specifically for people aged 16-24.

Peer Support:

Peer support is an effective way to help people reduce social isolation, increase self-motivation and gain useful skills and experience. Our Wakefield peer support coordinator ensures there is a structured programme, appropriate training and safe meeting environments so that those taking part – both peer mentors and those being supported – gain maximum benefit from the programme.

If you are looking for support, our peer networks can help you on a 1:1 or group basis, with a focus on facilitating access to everyday ‘mainstream’ opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor and using your lived experience to help others, we offer accredited training packages and opportunities to move on to paid Recovery Worker roles over time.

Who we can help

The Wakefield Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Service is available to individuals aged 16 and over who are resident in the district and who would like support and advice with their mental health and wellbeing.

Download our referral form here

Our approach

At the heart of everything we do lies:

  • Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
  • Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
  • Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
  • Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.