Mental Health & Wellbeing

ARC Information and Counselling Service

ARC Information and Counselling Service is a free and confidential counselling service supporting children, young people and adults when they are struggling to cope with a life changing situation or emotional problem.

For an ARC-funded set of counselling sessions located at Brookside Group Practice, please contact the ARC office on


Brookside’s Health & Wellbeing Service

Many of our patients find when their health is suffering that there are other influences that are preventing them from getting better. We often find that people want to live a healthier and happier life, but just don’t know how and need some support. Our advisors are here to help. They are experts in helping people identify what it is that they would like to change and how to do it – they will listen, coach and encourage our patients as they begin the journey of getting back on track.

Leaflet: HWA Service

MindEd for Families

This service supports parents and those caring for children, young people or older people, who are worried about their mental health and wellbeing. It offers safe and reliable advice and offers hope to those who are affected by or living with those suffering with depression.


Mental Health Support Self Help Leaflets

The NHS have produced a whole range of helpful resources for people who suffer from mental and emotional health issues including anger, anxiety, bereavement, low mood, obsessions and compulsions and post natal depression, plus more.



Help, information and support for all those affected by mental illness.



Information and Support for all mental health issues.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393


Stop it Now!

Stop It Now are an organisation helping prevent child sexual abuse. Are you worried about a child, concerned about the behaviour of another adult or your own thoughts and behaviours?


Reading Lifeline

Offers counselling and support for those affected by infertility or baby loss during pregnancy or soon after birth.

Telephone: 0118 9596 669


South Central Veterans Service

We offer help and support to all former members of all ranks of the British Armed Forces who have received one day’s pay in one or more of the following:

Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve Forces, including Royal Navy Reserves, Royal Marine Reserves, Army Reserves and Royal Air Force Reserves

Website: Berkshire NHS: Veterans Service

Talking Therapies

Support for those coping with depression, stress, anxiety or phobias.

They are here to help adults aged 17+ living in Berkshire and we have a team of advisors and therapists who c an help you to overcome life’s difficulties and problems and manage them better.

To Self-refer:

Telephone: 0300 365 2000


Website: Gateway Mayden: Self Referral Form

For information to help those who are struggling to sleep, access the sleep programme at

Trust House Reading

Offers specialist one to one counselling for people affected by rape, childhood sexual abuse and all forms of sexual violence.

Telephone: 0118 9584 033


Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Please see the following organisations who provide mental health services to children and young people:

AnDY Clinic

Time 2 Talk


Useful Contact Numbers

Leaflet: Useful Local Contact Details

CAMHS – NHS's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

This site is full of helpful resources for young people, carers and professionals to help them manage mental health and well-being issues.


Living Life To The Full

Free online courses covering low mood and stress and all of the common linked problems this causes. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Try one of the below sample sessions now.


Berkshire Women's Aid

This charity which offers many services to women who have suffered from domestic abuse. If you are struggling and need to get in contact with someone they have a helpline and other services available.

Telephone: 0118 950 4003

Leaflet: BWA Service

Loddon Counselling & Psychology Service

Counselling offers an opportunity to explore and make sense of your thoughts and feelings in a space that is non threatening and non judgemental.


Mental Health Crisis Service

The team will try to prevent you being admitted to a mental health ward by providing you with intensive support if you have a mental health crisis in your own home.

Website: Berkshire NHS: Crisis Service


If something is troubling you, call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Telephone: 116 123



Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.


Self-Harm - A Guide For Parents & Carers

A guide has been developed from talking to parents and carers of young people and is aimed at helping them cope when a young person is self-harming. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person and what help is available.

Leaflet: Berkshire West CCG: Parents and Carers Guide

Stay Alive App

This app is a suicide prevention resource for those that are at risk and for those worried about someone.

Website: Stay Alive App: Prevent Suicide

Together for Mental Wellbeing – Berkshire West Your Way

Your Way works alongside individuals as they overcome obstacles and move forward with their life. This might include managing mental health, having peer support, entering education, returning to work, finding new hobbies & social activities or solving housing or financial issues – all to help people build resources that help them stay well, their way.

Website: Together: Berkshire West Your Way

Further information

For more information about mental health, ways to cope with it and more visit the links below

Website: NHS UK: One You – Feeling Stressed?

Website: NHS UK: Mental Health

Find Local Mental Health Services

Website: NHS UK: Find Local Mental Health Services