Mental Health Support Directory Wharfedale, Airedale & Craven

Primary Care Services

LGBTQ+ Support

Crisis support and helplines

First Response 24/7

Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages experiencing a mental health crisis.

Contact: 08009521181 or text SHOUT to 85258 which is the national crisis line.


Helpline: 0300 123 3393

Textline: 86463

The Samaritans

Helpline: 116 123

Email: – response time 24 hours

Making Space

A national charity providing health and social care services for adults with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, dementia and their carers.

Contact: 01274 323702

Counselling / longer term support

Peer Support / Support Groups

Wharfedale Pathways

Every Thursday at the Christchurch in Ilkley- supporting people who are struggling with Alcohol/Drugs, Mental health and employment, physical health and social health. A number of 1.1 appointments available.

9.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.30 every Thursday 01274 588002 run by project 6, the cellar trust and Keighley healthy Living

Lads Chat

1st Wed of every month 7.30pm- Skipton Masonic Lodge, Sackville street

3rd Wed of every month 7.30pm- Skipton Rugby Club, Sandylands

Run by Lee and Martin- No judgement chat over drinks and snacks- whatever is getting you down we’re here to talk, Free! Also on facebook!

Peer Talk – Skipton

Weekly open peer support group for people with Depression in Bradford- Local Group is in The Hub in Skipton Town Hall every Monday from 7:30pm-9pm. If you want to talk to someone before turning up please call 07719 562 617 or email

Burley in Wharfedale Listening Ear ( 18 +)

A welcoming, safe, confidential space for you to talk with a fully trained professional volunteer listener

01943 864405 (Voicemail) Telephone support only . Contact your Social Prescriber at the GP Practice for more information and support to access this service.

Mind Bradford

Healthy Minds is the doorway to mental health and wellbeing services across Bradford district and Craven. Here you can find a list of services or simply answer a few questions about how you’re feeling and Mind find support near you. You can also find information on mental health and wellbeing on Mind’s resources page.

Online Support

Just a chat

Online messaging service for those struggling with their mental health offering a simple chat to offer advice and guidance.


*not a substitute for counselling but can be used with or without counselling

Providing 1-2-1 online counselling with trained mental health counsellors and access peer support through online wellbeing community- anonymous service. – Kooth is the service for under 18’s

Chill & Chat Group

Online group run by well together service and face to face wellbeing walks and support online.

Live Life to the Full

Wide range of online mental health resources (free and paid), online courses linked to the nhs website.


Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. Iit’s a safe place to share experiences and listen to others.

Elefriends is managed by Mind,

The Ele and his handlers at Mind moderate the community and help to keep it safe. They’re available to respond to any questions or help with difficult situations during these hours:

  • 6am-9am and 10am-2am 7 days a week


Guideline is a online chat facility run by Mind- it is not a counselling support service – they help you build resilience and support you.

They currently offer support in English, Arabic, Hindu, Punjabi and Urdu.

Short term up to 16 week support

Personal Support Navigators AGE UK

Contact Social Prescribing team for referral – currently on hold- please talk to social prescriber.

Living Well Service – Craven Area Only- North Yorkshire County Council

Short Term Support Worker to help patients with complex needs, to address some of the barriers to improving health and wellbeing. Home visits available.

01609 780780


Has a lot of online group support available please see the below events calendar and click on any groups that maybe of interest to you.

Bereavement support

Bereavement by suicide

West Yorkshire Suicide bereavement service- Covers Craven 0113 305 5800

(– you can self refer on the website. They can offer one to one support and group support, meeting places is flexible, the practitioners all have experience in suicide bereavement.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Leading national charity for bereaved people.

0808 808 1677

Ilkley Bereavement Support Group

Self Help Group


Telephone number:  01943 600936

Weekly support: Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm

Address: Clarke Foley Centre

The Good Grief Foundation

Interactive website that is run by people who have experienced similar grief.

Skipton Bereavement Support Group

Face to face group meeting with people who have been through grief and are there to support you through yours.

Has an online group as well- please look at Facebook:

There is a facebook group called until we meet again which has all the updated information about face to face groups they are usually monthly on a Saturday at the Three Links Club in Skipton at 2pm but please check the facebook before attending.

Useful Apps* all recommended by NHS

Chill Panda

Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries


The WorryTree app aims to help you take control of worry wherever you are.

You can use the app to record whatever you feel worried about. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you notice and challenge your worries. It can also help you create an action plan for managing worry.

Stress & Anxiety Companion

Free, with in-app purchases- Stress & Anxiety Companion helps you handle stress and anxiety on-the-go. Using breathing exercises, relaxing music and games designed to calm the mind, the app helps you change negative thoughts to help you better cope with life’s ups and downs.


Free- SilverCloud is an online course to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed to be completed in your own time and at your own pace.

My Possible Self: The Mental Health App

Free, with in-app purchases- Take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour with the My Possible Self mental health app. Use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking. Record your experiences and track symptoms to better understand your mental health.

Feeling Good: positive mindset

The eQuoo app uses adventure games designed by psychologists to help you increase your emotional fitness and teach you new psychological skills.

You’ll also find tips on how to communicate more effectively and maintain your mental wellbeing.


The distrACT app gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.

Calm Harm

Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It’s private and password protected.

Catch It

Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The app will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.


Thrive helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game based app can be used to relax before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis to help you live a happier, more stress-free life.

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