Mental Health Advice/Services

Feeling low, anxious or stressed? Refer yourself to Wirral’s mental health talking therapies service

People in Wirral experiencing low mood, stress or anxiety, can access psychological talking therapies by referring themselves – no GP referral required.

People over the age of 16 and registered with a Wirral GP practice can access talking therapies which include:

  • cognitive behavioural therapies
  • counselling
  • bereavement support
  • groups/courses to help better understand and improve their mental health

These therapies come under the NHS national IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme.

If you would like to directly access Wirral’s talking therapies service or find out more:

Call 0151 649 1859 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)Home – NHS Cheshire and Merseyside (

Talking Therapies

Please see the below link for information on Everyturn Talking Therapies.  This is a self refer therapy service.


Talking together Wirral

Practices are encouraged to remind patients that self-referrals can be made by completing an online referral form hosted on calling 0151 649 1859 or by emailing

GP referrals are also in place for people who wish to talk to their GP about how they are feeling first.

Dr Paula Cowan, Medical Director at the NHS Wirral CCG said: “1 in 4 people will experience a problem with their mental wellbeing at some point in their life. Being able to access the right mental health support at an early stage can make a real difference to recovery, and can help prevent people’s mental health getting worse.”

Please note that talking therapy is not for mental health emergencies.

If you need to talk to someone urgently:


Contact your GP or call 111 (when it’s less urgent than calling 999)

What is IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)?

To mark 10 years of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Prof David M Clark reviews the growth and successes of this landmark psychological therapy service in his new blog on the NHS England website:

How to manage and reduce stress

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – it’s part of everyday life. But when you’re overwhelmed by stress it may lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

The document below specifically focuses on:
•    what stress is
•    what the signs of stress are
•    what simple steps you can take when feeling stressed
•    practical advice for preventing stress


James’ Place

In June 2018, James’ Place was opened by HRH The Duke Of Cambridge KG KT, having been financed by The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund as a non-clinical centre for men experiencing suicidal crisis in Liverpool. The centre is the first of its kind in the UK and is based in a townhouse in the Georgian Quarter.

We believe that men who are experiencing a suicidal crisis need to be in a space where they feel safe, valued and respected.

We believe we deliver a safe and effective therapeutic intervention which will meet the needs of men using our service.

We believe it is vital to engage friends and families in the care of the men using out service.

We want James’ Place to be somewhere that people look forward to visiting and look back on with a renewed sense of hope.

We are excited to announce that from the 1st March we will be launching a 24hr  crisis text messenger service.

The James’ Place  crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text JP to 85258.

We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than 5 minutes to provide support in a crisis. They will listen to you and help you think through how you’re feeling, and will aim to help you take the next steps towards feeling better.

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

This service is powered by our trusted partner, Crisis Text Line

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