Updates & Info
In December 2013 we announced that the Steps to Wellbeing Services would be one of the first Talking Therapies Services to provide talking therapies via eClinic (similar to using Skype). In January of this year, we trained 15 of our therapists in this new software including Counsellors, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) and High Intensity Therapists across our Dorset and Southampton Services.
Initial feedback from both patients and staff to this new technology has so far been extremely positive, however we are still looking for more people to try it out. You do not need to be a technical wizz to be able to receive any of our talking therapies through our eClinic, and in fact, some of our best feedback has come from people who did not think they would be able to use it.
If this is something you are interested in, please tell a member of the admin team when you contact one of the Steps to Wellbeing Services, or speak with the person that you do your assessment with.
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.