Sometimes, your mental health can be affected if you have experienced trauma or a stressful event, if you feel isolated and lonely, have had relationship or money problems, someone close to you has died, or you have been pregnant or had a baby.

But mental health problems can also happen to anybody and it’s important to remember you are not alone and it’s ok to ask for help if you are struggling.

The following could be signs you need some support with your mental health:

  • if you are feeling down or sad
  • you are worrying a lot
  • you are having problems sleeping
  • or you do not feel like eating much

There are lots of support services available if you need help for stress, anxiety, depression and other problems with how you are feeling. Any information you tell the services will be kept safe and private.

NHS Mental Health Help

Find out what kind of support you need

If you feel you need some support with your mental health, a good place to start is to speak to your GP or visit the Mindwell website for more information and support. The website includes ideas you can try yourself to help improve how you are feeling, and information about where you can go for help in Leeds if you need it.

Mindwell Leeds

There is also a website for children and young people called MindMate:


Talk to someone

Many people find that talking to a professional about how they feel can help them get better. This is sometimes called talking therapies.

There are free services in Leeds that offer talking therapies including some with specialist knowledge and experience for helping migrants, refugees and asylum seekers with their mental health. This includes a good understanding of different cultures and faiths.

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service is a service led by the NHS that offers psychological (talking) therapies to help people who are stressed, experiencing low mood (depressed) or are feeling nervous or anxious.

The BAME Health and Wellbeing Hub is a specialist service for the Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. They support health, wellbeing and happiness for older people by offering:

  • phone support to check how you’re doing
  • information and advice about any problems you’re having
  • signposting to other organisations that can help
  • access to other care and support services if you need them
  • group activities within and outside the hub
  • training and information sharing/workshops
  • working to tackle stigma and stereotypes and to break down barriers faced by minority groups.

You can contact both of these services directly:

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service

0113 8434388
[email protected]
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service

BAME Health and Wellbeing Hub

0113 378 4892
[email protected]
BAME Health and Wellbeing Hub

Solace is a Leeds charity which provides psychotherapy (talking therapies) and other support to survivors of persecution and exile.

Manor House, 1 Manor Street, Leeds LS7 1PZ
0113 824 6796
[email protected]
For more organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers with mental health, visit the Help in Leeds website and search for ‘Mental Health’ under Organisation Category.

Help in Leeds

If you feel you have had enough

If the situation feels out of control, you are very upset, or you are having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about hurting yourself, there are people who can help. There are phone helplines you can call to speak to someone straight away, and there are places you can visit for support. Find out more on the Mindwell website:

I Need Help Now

Places you can visit include:

Dial House@Touchstone is held in a place of sanctuary and provides emotional support and information. Refugees and asylum seekers are welcome. It’s open Monday evenings 6pm to 11pm for social time and every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm to 12am, offering support and social time. Referrals are taken from 6pm onwards and you need to make an appointment before going.

By email: [email protected]

0113 249 4675 or text 07763 581 853

Here for You (formerly known as Well-bean Hope in a Crisis Cafe) supports anyone in a crisis – it provides a safe place for people in crisis to go and to prevent avoidable attendances at A&E. They provide refreshments and hot food is available.

The service runs at three different venues across the week from 6pm to midnight:

  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday – Lincoln Green Community Centre, Cromwell Mount, LS9 7JB
  • Tuesday and Wednesday – Touchstone House, 2-4 Middleton Crescent, Beeston, LS11 6JU
  • Thursday and Friday – Stocks Hill Community Hub, Chapel Lane, Armley, LS12 2DJ

You can make an appointment by phoning:

07760 173476

Connect Helpline

There is also a free phone number in Leeds that you can call to talk to someone if you are feeling anxious, lonely, angry or just need to talk. You can talk about how you are feeling and also if you have problems for example with money or housing. There is also a Teen Connect service, available on the same phone number, for 13-16 year-olds. Both numbers are open 6pm-2am at night.

0808 800 1212

If it is an emergency

If you or someone you know has hurt themselves, you or they should call 999 for an ambulance or go to A&E.

Last Updated: 28 May 2024

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