Samaritans Awareness Day

Samaritans Awareness Day, Friday, 24th July 2015


Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

If there’s something troubling you, then get in touch.

Tel: 08457 90 90 90


Post: Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, Chris, PO Box 90 90, Stirling, FK8 2SA

In person: Hope Cottage, 2 Mount Pleasant, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 9AD

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

  • Mon 10:15 am – 9:30pm
  • Tues 10:15am – 9:30pm
  • Wed 1:15pm – 9:30pm
  • Thurs 6:15pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 6:15pm- 9:30pm
  • Sat 7:15pm – 9:30pm
  • Sun 7:15pm – 9:30pm

They’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call Samaritans on the phone.

Talking therapiesTalking Therapies in Berkshire

Problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and phobias are very common. Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable service that helps people with these problems.

We are here to help adults aged 18+ living in Berkshire and we have a team of advisors and therapists who can help you to overcome life’s difficulties and problems and manage them better.

People they help suffer with some of the following problems:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Panic
  • Stress
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

You can refer yourself to Talking Therapies now, or ask your GP or healthcare Professional to refer you.

Contact Talking Therapies on:

Tel: 0300 365 2000



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Anxiety and Depression

Do you think that you might be depressed? Are you suffering of anxiety or panic attacks? Are there unresolved issues in your life?

When your GP surgery is closed their answerphone will direct you to the right place or you can contact NHS 111.

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm then please call the Police or Ambulance Service on 999.

Private Counselling

There are a variety of independent counsellors for patients who have private insurance.

Find a therapist that is registered with the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.

Books on Prescription

Bracknell Library runs an extremely successful book section for patients with mental health problems called “Books on Prescription”. This is particularly useful for patients who are not ready for counselling, those who want to do things in their own time or those who find it difficult to let a third person into their lives.

Positive People Company

Going through difficult times? Call and they can provide practical advice and specialist emotional support. Download their Making life run more smoothly leaflet by visiting their website

Other Organisations

  • Youthline (Bracknell) – 01344 311200 – free counselling service for 8 – 24 year olds
  • ARC (Wokingham) – 0118 9776710 – free counselling for all ages
  • Samaritans (Bracknell) – 01344 455556
  • 3 Counties Counselling Service – 0844 800 2792 (£35, concessions available)

Specialist Counselling

  • Relate (Relationship guidance – Bracknell) – 0118 987 6161
  • Cruse (Bereavement counselling – Bracknell) – 0844 477 9400
  • Victim Support (crime victims & witnesses – Bracknell) – 01344 309388
  • Mothertongue Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Listening (Reading) – 0118 957 6393







Rethink, the leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

The service they provide is community based, in the Bracknell Forest area using various appropriate venues dependant on need. Access to the service is via referral – please contact the service for further information.

The main focus of service provision centres around the completion of an individual’s recovery star and personal goal setting. Staff will support and guide people in the process, and support to access community activities; peer led groups and recovery focused workshops as advertised in the monthly newsletter.

Staff will also support people to access specialist agencies dependant on need i.e. housing, drugs and alcohol services etc.

Staff are available outside office houses if arranged in advance.

For more information please contact:

Telephone: 01189 892653










The Bracknell Forest Self-Care guide provides information, advice and links to services related to long-term conditions and lifestyle factors. Each chapter has a video which gives a summary of the key messages on each topic.

The Long-Term Conditions Guide gives you practical information and signposting to services to help you manage your condition. Guides can be found for; Arthritis, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Coronary Heart Disease, Dementia, Depression and anxiety, Diabetes, Falls, Hypertension and Stroke.

Lifestyle information is available on Alcohol, Diet and Nutrition, Physical Activity and Smoking.

All guides can be accessed through the Self-Care webpage:

The Helping You Stay Independent Guide

The Helping You Stay Independent Guide lists activities, events and groups around Bracknell Forest that can support individuals to remain healthy and independent.

To view or download the Guide as a pdf please visit:


Following the success of the Olympics’ Gamesmakers Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group have been inspired to create a community of HealthMakers who can support one another in their long term health conditions.

We know that patients with long term health conditions often face crisis with their health which can be frightening and can lead to a feeling of having lost control. We know that most patients want to have confidence in looking after themselves and in recognising the signs when they need help.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference for themselves and for others by becoming HealthMakers.

What will HealthMakers gain?

  • Acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes for good health and wellbeing in their condition.
  • Opportunities to influence health services and improve patient care.
  • Meeting and working alongside others who are also keen to make a difference.
  • Opportunities to raise the patient voice within the Clinical Commissioning Group.
  • Listening skills and ability to learn from others.
  • To inspire and be inspired.
  • Create and participate in strong local networks / groups around their condition and train others to do so.
  • Make a strong and local difference and improve health outcomes for others.
  • Reduce the need for medication and hospital admissions.
  • Evidence of team building/counselling and leadership for their CVs.
  • Certificates will be provided which can be used to support continued professional development.

If you’re interested, visit for an application form and send via email to If you have any questions or would like to receive more information, please email or call 01753 636 020.


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