Depression and anxiety can affect anyone at any stage of their life. Research suggests that up to 1 in 4 people will experience a problem with depression or anxiety at some point in their life.
These problems can happen to men and women of all ages and backgrounds, and from all parts of the community including people from black and minority ethnic communities.
The Steps 2 Wellbeing services offers a culturally sensitive talking therapies service to help people better understand and manage their problems. We work closely with other agencies to ensure awareness and accessibility of our service. For example in Southampton we work with the Community
Development Team to improve access for specific cultural and ethnic groups.
We have access to interpreters, which means we can provide support to individuals where English is not their first language. We also have access to self help materials that have been translated into other languages to aid an individual's recovery.
We offer a free, non-judgemental service which you can self-refer to or access via your GP. We offer appointments over the telephone, in GP surgeries and other community venues.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.