As part of the programme of training we deliver, there is a need to ensure that local information is available for the participants who engage with us. Below you will find links for Local Resource Lists that have been developed to date. Please feel free to download/print as required. These Local Resource Lists are provided as an information resource only. Forward For Life by offering these Resource Lists do not endorse, guarantee or necessarily represent the information or views of other organisations and/or other websites there in.
ADDICTIONS DUDLEY STOP SMOKING SERVICE
Provides help and advice to help you stop smoking.
0800 085 0652
ALZHEIMERS ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY
Working to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia.
Castlemill, Burnt Tree, Dudley DY4 7UF
0121 521 3021
BEREAVEMENT CRUSE (DUDLEY & WOLVERHAMPTON BRANCH)
Offering support after the death of someone close.
DUDLEY CARERS IN PARTNERSHIP FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Support Group for Carers.
DRUGS SWITCH DUDLEY
The young person’s alcohol and drug service in Dudley
1 Castle Street, Dudley DY1 1LG
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU
We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.
Marlborough House, 11 St James’s Road,
Dudley DY1 1JG
CRI ATLANTIC HOUSE RECOVERY PROJECT
Working with individuals, families and communities that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour.
Atlantic House, Dudley Road, Lye, Stourbridge
DUDLEY COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICES (DCVS)
An independent local voluntary organisation that
supports, promotes and develops local voluntary action.
7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley, West
Midlands DY5 3EE
DUDLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (DMBC)
Provides a range of statutory services to support health and social care needs.
Council House, Priory Road, Dudley DY1 1HF
0300 555 2345
OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Provides information, advice and services to support health and wellbeing.
Dudley MBC, 8th Floor, Falcon House, The
Minories, Dudley DY2 8PG
MEDICAL CARE DUDLEY WALK IN CENTRE
Offering NHS healthcare from 8 am until 8 pm, seven
days a week and every day of the year.
Holly Hall Clinic, Stourbridge Road, Dudley
DUDLEY & WALSALL MENTAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST (DWMHPT)
Providing a wide range of integrated mental health services to children, adults and older people across the communities of Dudley and Walsall.
Trafalgar House, 47-49 King Street, Dudley
0300 555 0262
Aiming to improve the mental health of people living in the local area.
221 Hagley Road, Oldswinford, Stourbridge
Supporting people with mental health issues to get through crises and to live independently.
Criterion House, 120 King Street, Dudley DY2
If something’s troubling you, then get in touch. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Beryl House, 8 Albion Street, Brierley Hill DY5 3EE
08457 90 90 90
SAMh (Support Association for Mental Health)
Making sure that Mental Health services are meeting the needs of people today.
AGE UK DUDLEY
Aims to improve later life for everyone through information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.
Junction 1905, 1 Cradley Road, Netherton,
Dudley DY2 9RA
WellMind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app
designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression.
It includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental
health and boost your wellbeing. Download for free now
on iPhones, iPads and Android devices by searching
‘WellMind’ on the App Store or Google Play.
Offering advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy,
workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-toface,
by phone & through their website.
16a Stone Street, Dudley DY1 1NS
Online Counselling Service for young people.
THE WHAT? CENTRE
Young peoples’ advice and information services and
23 Coventry Street, Stourbridge. West
Midlands DY8 1EP
CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY
Suicide Prevention Men
HELPLINE: 5pm – Midnight 0800 58 58 58
TEXT: 07537 404717
Suicide Prevention Young People
Helpline: HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41
SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING/
FORWARD FOR LIFE
Supporting communities to be suicide safer through
specialist, licensed internationally licensed training
programmes. Resources for suicide prevention online
As part of the programme of training we deliver, there is a need to ensure that local information is available for the participants who engage with us.
Below you will find links for Local Resource Lists that have been developed to date. Please feel free to download/print as required. These Local Resource Lists are provided as an information resource only. Forward For Life by offering these Resource Lists do not endorse, guarantee or necessarily represent the information or views of other organisations and/or other websites therein.
RESOURCE LIST – BIRMINGHAM
0121 633 4633
Local Communities My Time, Small Health,
0121 766 6699
Housing Support Ashram Housing Assoc.
0121 764 3800
Family Housing Association
0121 766 1100
FCH Housing & Care
0300 123 1745
Future Health & Social Care
0121 265 2650
Moseley & District Churches Housing Association
0121 442 5000
Nehmain Housing Association
0121 358 0966
Drugs & Alcohol
KIKIT Drop in Centre
153 Straford Rd, Sparkbrook
0121 771 1119
Terrace Community Drugs Team
0121 301 1660
Alcoholics Anonymous Helpline
0121 212 0111
Aquarius Community Alcohol
0121 414 0888
0121 632 6363
0300 999 1212
Asian Community Asian Resource Centre
0121 523 0580
0121 301 1060
Sparkhill Mental Health Team
0121 301 5370
Rethink Asian Language Mental Health Helpline
0808 800 2073
Bangladesh Multi-purpose Centre
0121 326 9500
Midlands Vietnamese Community Association
0121 554 96 85
MASHRIQ (Mental Health Asian Women)
0121 551 5478
The Chinese Community Centre
0121 685 8510
Irish Community Irish Welfare and Information Centre
0121 604 6111
African Caribbean Community Cope Black Mental Health Foundation
0121 551 7984
Servol Community Trust
0121 454 3081
African Caribbean Millennium
Centre, Winson Green,
0121 455 6382
Rape and Sexual Violence Project Helpline
0121 233 3818
Bereavement Support Cruse Bereavement Care
General – 0121 687 8011
Helpline – 0121 6878010
Relationship Support Relate Birmingham
0121 643 1638
National Links & Helplines
Campaign Against Living Miserably Suicide Prevention Men
HELPLINE: 5pm – Midnight 0800 58 58 58
TEXT: 07537 404717
Papyrus Suicide Prevention Young People
Helpline: HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41
Samaritans Listening Support Service
Young People Amazon Young Peoples Counselling Service
0121 236 9222
Birmingham Youth Service
0121 464 559
Life Line Counselling for Drugs in Birmingham
0121 622 7780
Birmingham Space (Barnados)
0121 212 2855
Police Anti-social behaviour
0121 303 1111
Central Switchboard Non Emergencies
0845 113 5000
0800 555 111
Fire Service Home Safety Checks
0800 389 5525
0845 5000 900
Some Useful Local Links
The Waiting Room
Forward For Life
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council
Birmingham & Solihull MH Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation
Other useful National & RegionalNumbers
Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Foundation
0207 803 1100
0208 519 2122
Rethink National Advice Service
0845 456 0455
Centre for Mental Health
0207 827 8300
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
0844 561 6855
Advice from National Mind if you are having suicidal feelings
Counselling Directory (UK)
Directory to help find a counsellor or psychotherapist if dealing with Suicidal Thoughts.
The 5 Ways To Well-Being
How you can support your own well-being and understand your own mental health
“U Can Cope”
A useful on-line resource produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for young people who are struggling in life.
Offers support to anyone in distress, around the clock, through 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. A 24/7 helpline service which gives you a safe space where you can talk about what is happening, how you are feeling, and how to find your own way forward.
www.samaritans.org.uk / Telephone: 116 123 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALM (the campaign against living miserably) exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.
The national helpline is open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Callers can talk through any issue, C.A.L.M will listen and offer information and signposting. Calls are anonymous & confidential and won’t show up on the phone bill. Calls are free from landlines, payphones and Orange, Virgin & 3 mobile networks. Other mobile networks and supermarket brand sims may charge.
www.thecalmzone.net / Telephone: 0800 58 58 58
A national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Open every day of the year from 6pm to 11pm.
www.sane.org.uk / Telephone: 0845 767 8000
Run by Papyrus, an organisation that provides confidential young suicide prevention advice.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and 7pm – 10pm, weekends 2pm – 5pm.
www.papyrus-uk.org / Telephone: 08000 68 41 41 (national call rates apply)
WHO ARE 360PEOPLE
Innovative, forward thinking and tailored
As the driving force behind 360people, Common Unity have teamed up with a number of specialist West Midlands based innovative training providers who bring to the table a thorough and well-recognised active knowledge of the Health and Social Care Sector and the dynamics that exist within specifically in respect of mental health and well-being.
Through this partnership arrangement, Common Unity can ensure that as a central point of reference we can provide accessible, high quality training and development opportunities that are innovative, forward thinking and tailored to organisational need across the Health and Social Care Sector and wider still. In addition, this provision can be realised at a highly competitive price with the greatest degree of positive impact on those receiving the training.
THE 360 CHALLENGE
Training is everything
With major health and social care changes taking place on a backdrop of sweeping financial austerity measures across the sector, many public sector departments and third sector organisations are struggling, and in the case of the latter, many are not managing to survive the economic consequences.
There appears to be no abatement in respect of pressures on the public sector to take wholesale austerity measures as well as requiring more from providers across the board. In this ever increasingly competitive market with purse strings having to be tightened something has to give – and one of the early sacrifices in such difficult times is always training and staff development.
“Training is everything,” Mark Twain once said. But with public leaders under intense pressure to steer a course through the deepest austerity cuts in postwar Britain, training and development is being hugely affected.
Local government are reporting a wholesale reduction in workforce development – core mandatory training as a minimum must continue, but wider professional development is taking a hit which will compromise the future provision of effective services across the health and social care sector especially in the fields of mental health and well-being which cannot rely solely on the clinical approach as mental health problems are inextricably associated with wider socio-economic determinants therefore requiring a more holistic person-centred response to the challenge.
360people realises that core training has to be the lynchpin of development across organisations to ensure that all the mandatory measures to assure quality of service are realised. However, at the same time there is a clear need to ensure that those working at the front line of mental health and well-being need to access highly reputed, well tested, quality training opportunities in this field.
Human beings throughout history have taken their own lives, or more simply put, have died from suicide. It is a phenomenon that persists to this day in all societies and within those societies there continues to be strongly held opinions that are deeply rooted regarding suicide. However, these opinions nor the impact of these opinions are debated openly across and within communities – they are just understood “to be” – and because of this unspoken attitude that engulfs this phenomenon, the taboo of suicide in society has become so powerful that the silence that surrounds it at all levels only further serves to strengthen that taboo and cement the stigma associated with suicide.
This stigma serves no purpose to anyone, least of all a person who may be thinking of taking their own life and is unable to tell anybody due to their own inner feelings of guilt as well as their concerns as to how such an admittance would be reacted to by others. So suicide remains the “elephant in the room” that everybody ignores though it is blatantly there. At Forward For Life, we understand that most of us have strong, often deep-seated feelings and opinions about suicide, after all we are only human and suicide for many is an area that challenges the very concept of human “being” – some think people have a right to die, others, that life should be valued and suicide is wrong, others see it as a selfish act, a cowardly act, others as a brave thing to do – but there is one opinion we believe everyone shares and that is one that states that if there are steps we can take to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts in society, then we should look to adopt these steps and start building Suicide Safer communities for a brighter tomorrow.
We feel that through community action, learning, campaigning, active use of social media, lobbying and influence we will all eventually not only see the elephant and openly admit to seeing it, but also all know how to get it out of the room!
More information on what we are doing to reduce suicide and challenge the taboo and stigma of suicide can be found by clicking on the thumbnail below.