Solent NHS Trust hosts men’s mental health Zoom chat
Solent NHS Trust hosted its first Zoom call today (Thursday 21 March 2020) alongside groups and organisations across the Hampshire community to talk about men’s mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
The aim of the session was to raise awareness of the low uptake of mental health support by men, despite being at a higher risk and vulnerability.
Partners from across the county including Solent Mind, Stephen Morgan MP and groups such as MensGang and DadzClub all took part in the event, as well as clinicians from Talking Change and service users.
Mahdi Ghomi, Clinical Director and Consultant Psychologist at Solent NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to have hosted our first ‘Men & Mental Health’ Zoom chat today and received very positive engagement from our esteemed guests. We had participation from a wide range of services supporting men in our community as well as men with lived mental health experience who spoke courageously and candidly about their situations.”
It is hoped the event will help to bring people and services together and help to raise awareness and break the stigma around men’s mental health within Hampshire.
Dr Ghomi continued: “Men are historically under-represented in mental health services and yet are sadly at a greater risk of dying from suicide attempts. During Mental Health Awareness Week we have set up this Zoom talk to get us all talking about men’s mental health and hopefully overcome some of the stigma associated with seeking support.
“We wish to invite members of our community to listen to this first edition, find out more about what is available locally and share it more widely with friends and family. We will be continuing these discussions and focus on key themes men are struggling with in future editions. I’d urge people to look out for our Talking Changes messages across social media and invite you to take part and listen in.”
For emergency access to mental health support, please call NHS 111.
Alternatively, for non-emergency appointments and advice, please call your GP surgery.
Talking Change, the free and confidential NHS mental health support service, can be reached on 0300 123 4125 or by visiting www.talkingchange.nhs.uk The service is open between 8am and 7pm, Monday to Thursday, 8am-4pm on Fridays and between 9am and 12.30pm on Saturdays.
Positive Minds is run by Solent MIND. The service has a number of wellbeing advisors who can support you with a range of issues from housing, money and work support as well as issues regarding bereavement low mood and anxiety. The service is open between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, on 023 92 824795. Alternatively, you can visit www.positivemindsportsmouth.org.uk
Children and young people can access mental health support through dedicated services. Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency mental health support for children and young people.
For children and young people experiencing mental health emergencies during office hours, contact CAMHS, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, on 0300 123 6632.
Out of office hours, if your child or young person cannot wait for help, you can access support from the Accident and Emergency department at the Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Hive Portsmouth is a service to support the elderly and vulnerable in the community. This can include helping with food deliveries, prescription drop off and other things such as dog walking and welfare checks. If you are an individual residing in Portsmouth and requiring this support, please call 023 926 6709.
In need of urgent or crisis support.
111: Call 111 or visit the NHS 111 website and speak to the NHS Mental Health Triage Service. This service provides advice, support and guidance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone living in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Samaritans: this is a national 24 hr service which you can call free on 116 123.
Shout: If you don’t feel able to talk on the phone you can text Shout on 85258 and talk to a volunteer.