New updated guide to mental health and wellbeing in York

A renewed guide to mental health and wellbeing has been published by Healthwatch York

Healthwatch York has published its renewed guide to mental health and wellbeing in York.

The free guide which was funded by our Trust will be distributed to statutory organisations who work with people with mental health issues as well as GP practices, local libraries and other community venues.

The first edition of the guide, which was published in 2015, received local and national praise from organisations working for, and people living with, mental health issues.

The guide provides information and advice to help people:

  • Know where to quickly find the appropriate support
  • Look after their mental wellbeing
  • Find organisations that can provide advice, help, support and social activities.

Healthwatch York’s aim is to put local people at the heart of health and social care services in York. As part of this objective Healthwatch York want people to have access to clear information that helps them find the support they need.

The guide has been updated since the first edition to include more advice about student mental health and to include details about Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust services, who began delivering mental health services in our area in October 2015.

Siân Balsom, director of Healthwatch York, said: “One of the key messages we hear from people is how hard it is to get information when you need it. We wanted to help people get straight to the right support.

“Our guide is unique because of the vision behind it. It was led by Healthwatch York volunteer Louise Sangwine who, as a former mental health service user, knows how vital good information is. She shaped the guide to be more than just a directory of services. She found the answers to the questions she knows people regularly ask. We hope this updated guide will help even more people in York to take care of their mental wellbeing and find support when needed”

Ruth Hill, project director at TEWV, said: “TEWV is really pleased to support the work Healthwatch York has undertaken to update the next edition of their mental health guide. We know that this is a valuable resource for people and has lots of excellent tips for health and wellbeing and signposting to services.”

The guide has been designed so as to be accessible to all people of any age. It is available online at and printed copies are freely available for collection at the Priory Street Centre.