Guided self help means learning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques which can help you manage your symptoms, but with the support of a practitioner.
Most of us will have tried to carry out a self help technique such as a diet or an exercise plan. However, we often find it difficult to stick to it or to motivate ourselves. Guided self help means someone guiding you to help your self. Much like a coach to help you stick to the interventions and motivate you.
Guided self help refers to self help that is supported by one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs). They will provide you with information, resources, and tasks, to help you overcome your difficulties.
Guided self help may be delivered over the telephone or face-to-face with the appointments spaced out to allow you to work on addressing your difficulties between your sessions.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.