Here For You

The Selby Mental health Support Charity for North Yorkshire

365 Days a Year

Mental Health Support Line

Here For You

The Selby Mental health Support Charity for North Yorkshire, 365 Days per Year 

Mental Health Support Line

Mental Health

Poor Mental Health can have many causes, social isolation, discrimination, financial or housing difficulties, bereavement, relationship issues, bullying, trauma, alcohol, or drug related, physical health, and diagnosable mental health conditions to name just a few.

Local Services

We offer a variety of services, from our Communitea Centre to our Charity Shop

Self Help

Self-help for mental health involves adopting practices and strategies to enhance one’s emotional well-being and cope with life’s challenges. Start by cultivating self-awareness; pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment. 

Young People

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Nothing we do can happen without people to provide the services and support. As a charity, we are very reliant on funding and fundraising. Therefore, we encourage people to join us on a voluntary basis.

Local Charities

We work along side different charities locally, that provide a variety of services here in Selby and beyond

Just so You Know

Our local team are available every evening between 7:00pm and 10:00pm 365 days a year. We also try to keep someone available throughout the day. However, we are a small charity with limited funding. If we are unable to answer the phone we may be on a call with other customers. If this happens your call will be forwarded to Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust’s helpline.

We are local Mental Health First Responders. Supporting local people in the Selby and District area. If you call from outside our area, we will of course listen to you and try to help you. But we will not know who is best to contact for further support in your area.

Simply put: Cup of tea and a chat? We can help with that.

Where it Began

A long time ago, my mental health was not great. My friends were often around to offer support but it became hard as we always met in a cafe. Never having enough cash for a cup of tea was difficult. I couldn’t afford the very thing I needed to help me feel better. Then one day, my friends and I came up with an idea… what if we could pay forward a cup of tea for other people? What if there was a network of cafes whose staff had mental health first aid training? They could help out if someone just needed a cup of tea and a chat.

There and then we decided out motto could be ‘cup of tea and a chat? we can help with that’. However, COVID happened and the networks we made became more important than ever. This is what we at The Big Communitea have decided to build on. We have worked with the local NHS Trust to set up a helpline for local people, that is staffed by mental health responders. Our responders can have a chat with you about how you’re feeling, you’ll just have to make your own cup of tea.

Why We’re Different

We’re developing a growing support network for the local community, a network that makes use of existing infrastructures (Café’s Shops, GP Surgeries, Leisure Centres, Libraries, Churches etc.). We provide training to key personnel within the venues that support us. Training includes: Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention and Safeguarding. All participating organisations and venues display a readily-identifiable sign to show that they  support the idea and actively support the community they work in.

Our group support network can give people an opportunity to access organisations and services that support vulnerable people. Each venue becomes part of a peer-to-peer support network that offers help whilst removing some of the reliance on front line health services.

Our group support network also works to reduce stigma, allowing people to talk in a supportive, safe, environment.

Selby & Surrounding Areas

We have been busy training Mental Health First Aiders to provide an out of hours telephone support and signposting service. Initially this will be for 3 hours a night from 7pm-10pm, 365 days a year. However, the phone should never go unanswered as we are running the line in conjunction with Tees Esk Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, North Yorkshire County Council, The Haven @ 30 Clarence Street, Mental Health Matters and other support services throughout the North Yorkshire Area.