People can go along to mental health drop-in sessions in the city centre for emotional and practical support.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, along with Touchstone, have joined forces to offer extra support to those living with mental ill health.

Zellany Neal, Creative Practitioner and Dialectical Behaviour Therapist at the Trust, said:

“Every Friday afternoon from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, people can visit us in a safe space at the Civic Hall where they can get one-on-one advice from mental health professionals.”

At the sessions you can find out more about mental health services, receive advice on how to manage your condition, talk to someone about how you’re feeling and get practical support with tasks like arranging hospital appointments or completing forms.

Zellany added:

“The drop-in was originally set up to support our service users who were going through discharge from our community mental health teams, but it is open to everyone, whether they use mental health services or not. We aim to empower people and provide them with the knowledge and tools to manage their own mental wellbeing.

“Some people just come for a cup of tea and a chat and we see people from all walks of life looking for advice. We welcome anyone who wants to talk to someone about their mental wellbeing, whether it’s the first time they’ve spoken about it or they’re a service user.”

If you’d like to attend the Mental Health Drop-in, there is no need to book, just turn up. It takes place every Friday in room 5 at the Civic Hall in Leeds.

For more information, please call 0113 855 0600 to speak to a Creative Practitioner from the South South East Community Mental Health Team.

Please note, the drop-in sessions are not for those under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or those who are in a mental health crisis.