Updates & Info
A number of Therapists across the Dorset and Southampton Steps to Wellbeing Services are being trained to provide eClinics (eTherapy). This will start to be made available to service users during December 2013 and January 2014 and will allow service users engaged with the Steps to Wellbeing Services to receive their talking therapy using a secure and confidential ‘Skype type’ technology, via our ‘eClinic’. This is good news for service users who may struggle to attend appointments in person at one of our community clinics but who would rather receive a face to face appointment instead of a telephone based appointment.
More detailed information will soon be available, however if you are currently engaged with the Dorset or Southampton Steps to Wellbeing Services and this is something that you may be interested in, please speak to your therapist at your next appointment. Alternatively, if you have either not referred yourself to the Steps to Wellbeing Services or are still waiting for your assessment, please raise this at your assessment and the therapist will be able to give you more information.<>
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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.