Some Organisations To Turn To For Help and Information

Local (Merseyside) Organisations

Find below a list of some local organisations in the Wirral and Merseyside area dealing with mental health:-

Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton (Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton, a charity dedicated to protecting and promoting the wellbeing of people aged 50+)

Building Bridges CIC (Wirral community and well-being centre)

Chasing The Stigma (A Liverpool anti-stigma mental health charity)


Community Foundation for Merseyside (Community Foundation for Merseyside is an independent charity that aims to promote donating to address local need) 

Compass Counselling (Compass counselling services in Liverpool)

Cultural Diversity Network (Wirral group that promotes tolerance, harmony and education)

Family Tree (Wirral organisation that offers support to families and carers of those suffering mental health problems)

0151 488 8159

Healthwatch Liverpool (Independent consumer champion aiming to gather and represent the views of the Liverpool users of NHS and social care services)

Healthwatch Wirral (Independent consumer champion aiming to gather and represent the views of the Wirral users of NHS and social care services)

Imagine Independence (A charity dedicated to helping people with health issues live their lives as independently as possible)

Involve North West (Wirral-based non-profit organisation that aims to empower the local community through services such as benefits advice and employment support)

0151 644 1100

Liverpool Adult Learning Service (Adult education opportunities with courses on topics like health and wellbeing)

0151 233 1610

LCVS (Liverpool Charity & Voluntary Services)

Liverpool Community Development Services (Liverpool Community Development Service – tackles mental health inequalities within black and minority ethnic communities)

Live Well Directory (A directory of local care and support services, information and activities for the Liverpool city region)

Local Solutions (A charity that focuses on serving the communities of the Liverpool city region and North Wales)

The Martin Gallier Project (Merseyside-based awareness, support and training centre that focuses on suicide-prevention across the North West of England)

Mary Seacole House (Mental health resource service primarily for Liverpool 8’s black and minority ethnic community but also the wider Merseyside region)

Merseyside Youth Association (An organisation that supports and helps local young people)

The Mind Map (A Merseyside-based online resource from a project that aims to destigmatise mental health and runs local youth workshops) 

MOWLL (Moving on with Life & Learning is a Liverpool organisation promoting social
G20, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool, England, L7 7BT, United Kingdom 
0151 794 2991        or

N-Compass North West (A Lancashire-based organisation which has spread its services coverage into Merseyside which offers e.g. advocacy services and carers support)

Pets & Pals (Local Community Interest Company aiming to introduce people to animals for companionship and to interact therapeutically)

Oasis support group (A Wirral peer support group)

Christ Church Community Centre, Kings Road, Higher Bebington, CH63 8LX

Every 2nd Wednesday at 13:30

0151 608 4429

The Open Door Centre (A great local Wirral resource, a young person’s mental health charity which provides different supportive services and has ongoing projects running)

0151 639 4545       or

PSS (Person Shaped Support operates in different UK regions, including Liverpool)

Recovery Wirral  (Wirral mental health events, activities, news and research blog)

Sefton WRAP Recovery Group (A local support group that follows the ideas of and benefits from the Wellness Recovery Action Plan books and model of tracking progress)

SLDAS (South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services)

Talk Liverpool (A free, NHS service offering psychological therapies to adults in Liverpool who are feeling depressed or anxious)

Wellbeing Liverpool (An online directory for mental health and wellbeing services, activities and groups in Liverpool)

Well Pool (A Liverpool Kindred Minds and PSS ‘blog yourself well’ project)

The West Kirby Drop-In

The West Kirby drop in is an outreach of Transition Town, West Kirby. The drop in is an organisation set up for mental health service users and their families. The drop in is run by a coordinator with the help of volunteers. We are open each Tuesday throughout the year and at the same time here in the United Reformed Church hall. We meet at 10 and share tea and coffee, biscuits and a chat. We do crosswords play games, discuss matters of interest, plan future weeks activities and eat lunch together.

Several times a year we organise a day out, to the Liverpool waterfront and museums, to Parkgate by bus to eat at the Old Quay carvery or join a coach trip to a place of interest such as Portmeirion or Beaumaris. We get together for a special meal at Christmas and have joined St Lukes Food and Friends lunch group in Hoylake for a meal.
Help with housing or benefit problems is available at the drop in by arrangement with Involve Northwest.
Being a member of a group like ours can be a great benefit to anybody, especially to those with any degree of mental health need. It provides somewhere to go to be with other people, to be accepted as you are, to be tolerated if you behave in unconventional ways, and through interaction with others, to be understood. As time goes on members begin to feel a sense of belonging in the group, being needed and valued, having a role. Jobs are shared such as setting up tables and chairs, laying tables, clearing and washing up. Members are involved in planning meals and planning activities. Our group members feel responsible for each other, giving each other lifts to the drop in, telephoning each other to enquire about reasons for absence at meetings or inviting each other for coffee.
An important purpose of our organisation is to promote recovery through self help, exercise, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Beyond Recovery started as a self help booklet written by people in recovery produced by three members of our drop in. It is an excellent resource and provides an insight into mental health issues.
Our drop in is one of many across Wirral to become a Place of Welcome. This is a growing network of hospitality run by local community groups, some faith-based, some not. This network was begun in Birmingham out of the Birmingham Social Inclusion project. The aim is to make our neighbourhoods more welcoming. It will involve more working between groups in the Wirral and for us will require more volunteers to offer a friendly and unconditional welcome to local people at our drop in each week. We will also require some more funding for this, and I am confident that we will be able to do this.

WHISC (A local Liverpool charity called Women’s Health Information and Support Centre)

Whitechapel Centre (Homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region)

Wirral Bipolar Group

Wirral Mind (Local branch of the large national charity that runs various courses and support groups)

0151 512 2200

Wirral OCD Group

Contact Duncan Parkes 07821 610 441 or Lynne Houghton 0151 342 7679

Wirral Pathfinders  (A local mental health self-help support group)

0151 334 2111

Wirral Wellbeing Campus

07599 872 911    or

Writing on the Wall (Liverpool literature festival)

The Yellow House (Young person’s charity in Liverpool)

First Floor – Oriel Chambers

14 Water Street,

Liverpool, L2 8TD

0151 236 4541               or    

YPAS (Young People’s Advisory Service Liverpool)

National (UK) Organisations

Action for Happiness (A movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society)

Action on Addiction (A charity that provides residential and day treatment for addictions mainly to drugs, alcohol and gambling)

AD4E (Organisation that puts on events in the UK for everyone interested in the current debates around mental health)

The Association of Mental Health Providers (Voluntary sector directory and association)

Asylum Magazine (Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry – a platform to voice and discuss all perspectives on mental health)

Bipolar UK (The national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers)

BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy)

BPS (The British Psychological Society)

CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a UK charity dedicated to preventing male suicide)

The Centre for Society and Mental Health (A King’s College London University dedicated Centre for research and teaching in the field of social change and mental ill health)

CEP     (Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry)

The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat (A national agreement between services and agencies involved with people in crisis)

CPN (The Critical Psychiatry Network)

The Depression Alliance (Lots of information of course about depression but also a range of things such as mental health treatments)

Food for the Brain Foundation (A registered educational charity) and The Brain Bio Centre

(London based nutrition focused clinics)

Frazzled (A charity that runs regular meetings in cafes across the UK for people coping with stress and emotional needs)

HVN (Hearing Voices Network)

IHCAN UK Summit (Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition UK Summit)

ISPS UK  (The British network of the international organisation ISPS – The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis)

The Spectrum Centre (Lancaster University’s The Spectrum Centre for mental health research)

Lifecode GX (A company that offers genotype analysis from a DNA sample for health guidance and advice)

Mad In The UK (The UK affiliate website for Mad In America)

The Mental Health Foundation (Mental Health Foundation dedicated to finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems)

Mental Health Mates (Local mental health walking groups)

Mind (A large and influential UK mental health charity)

NIMH (The National Institute of Mental Health)

NSHN (National Self-Harm Network)

NSUN (National Service User Network)

OCD Action (The national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Open Dialogue UK (Open Dialogue UK was established to support the development of the Open Dialogue approach within the UK and internationally)

Open Dialogue NHS (A group that promotes the use of the Open Dialogue model of services for the NHS)

Open Forwards (Online and face-to-face psychology service)

Papyrus (Suicide prevention organisation with a helpline)

Penumbra (One of Scotland’s largest mental health charities)

PIF (The UK’s Patient Information Forum)

The Priory Clinics (Private and NHS, British, rehab clinics with a variety of inpatient facilities locations)

Psychologists For Social Change

Psychology In Action (Psychology In Action is a group of specialised, highly experienced psychologists in the UK)

Rethink Mental Illness (UK charity)

The Richmond Fellowship (Richmond Fellowship is part of a national group of charities called Recovery Focus and supports people in a variety of ways)

The Samaritans (Round the clock support line)

Sanctus (London-based group with a mission to change perspectives on mental health for the better using a variety of means)

SANE (Charity SANE is a leading UK mental health charity with a website, helpline, social media presence and that runs campaigns, provides support, etc)

The Scottish Recovery Network (The Scottish Recovery Network is hosted by the charity Penumbra and focuses on peer support, community and especially recovery)

Shared Lives Plus (UK-wide network for home sharing and live in support whereby people with spare rooms and more vulnerable community members link up)

Soteria Network (A group in the UK that promotes medication-free residential accommodation for people experiencing psychosis or extreme states)

The Spiritual Crisis Network (The Spiritual Crisis Network acts as a resource for people with an interest in recovery from spiritual crisis)

State of Mind (Charity that uses sport to promote positive mental health)

Student Minds (A UK student mental health charity)

Students Against Depression (A website by students for students with mental health information and signposting)

Time to Change (Social movement run by UK charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness that aims to end mental health discrimination)

Together (National charity that e.g. provides peer support training)

Turn 2 Us (National charity providing financial support and information with help such as benefits entitlement advice)

Voice Collective (London-based but UK-wide project supporting children and young people who hear voices, see visions and with more unusual beliefs)

NCVO (NCVO champions the voluntary sector, helping volunteers and voluntary organisations)

Walking For Health (Walking For Health offers free, short walks every week)

Young Minds (UK charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people)

International Organisations

Safe Harbor (Large, valuable, online resource focused on non-drug approaches for mental health)

The Alliance for Human Research Protection

The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

The Amen Clinic (The Amen clinic in USA founded by Daniel Amen promotes good brain health which they measure using SPECT brain blood flow imaging scans)

The Institute for Dialogic Practice (The Institute for Dialogic Practice is a facility that provides training in dialogic practice and Open Dialogue)

The East Side Institute (A New York education and research centre)

European Network for [ex]-Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

The Institute for Functional Medicine (The Institute for Functional Medicine promotes and facilitates functional medicine which seeks to address root causes of illness)

HVN (Hearing Voices Network)

Health Freedom Action (Health Freedom Action engages in legislative advocacy in USA and is for the fundamental right of choice in the field of healthcare)

ISPS (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis)

The Icarus Project (A US support network and education project.  A collective advancing social justice by fostering mutual aid practices to promote healing)

ICSPP (ICSPP is Dr Peter Breggin’s International Centre for the Study of Patient-Oriented Psychiatry)

The International College of Integrative Medicine

The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Integrative Medicine For Mental Health (Integrative Medicine for Mental Health supports a whole body approach to mental health disorders)

The Inner Compass Initiative (This initiative provides guidance around alternative choices to those available in the current mental health system)

Intentional Peer Support (A provider of peer support training)

Integrative Psychiatry (The caucus on complementary, alternative and integrative medicine is a special interest group of the American Psychiatric Association)

ISEPP (The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry)

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a non-profit law firm in America campaigning against the abuses of the mental health system)

Mad In America (Mad In America has created a platform for rethinking psychiatric care.  It focuses on science, psychiatry and social justice.  It was founded by Pulitzer prize winning journalist and author, Robert Whitaker)

Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care (US-based Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care which aims to bring philanthropy to fund recovery-based research and programs)

Mental Health Europe (Mental Health Europe works with European institutions and international bodies to promote mental wellbeing and advocate for rights and interests)

MiNDbank (MiNDbank is a UN WHO resource providing links to local level policies, strategies, laws and service standards for mental health and related areas)

MindFreedom International (MindFreedom International is a non-profit organisation set up to secure human rights in the mental health system)

The National Empowerment Center (The National Empowerment Center in America aims to overhaul the mental health service to make it more recovery-focused via different means)

ONWARD Mental Health (ONWARD Mental Health provides integrative mental health insight with a holistic approach and non-drug options for treatment)

Peer Zone (A peer support and training group spread across various countries)

Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry

DHA Laboratory (DHA laboratory specialises in identifying the root cause of clinical symptoms)

RosGlas Recovery (RosGlas Recovery is a private, inpatient, luxury, Irish rehab clinic which treats psychological and addiction issues)

RxISK (RxISK aims to educate patients around drug side effects and as such empower them as well as collecting data on the harmful effects of prescription drugs)

From the blog…

The International Spiritual Emergence Network

World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (The website for the official, global event that is World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, every July 11th)

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