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Counselling & Support Info

Urgent Medical Issues:

It is important that patients with concerning symptoms continue to access health care through their GP, a few examples of urgent medical issues needing clinical input are:

Possible cancer symptoms

Chest pain



How to help yourself respond effectively to the corona Crisis and help with your response to coming out of lockdown -  Face Covid - patient self help information 

Stress on-line course.

Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our online Stress Control class. Click here for more information.  Next classes start Monday 13th July  and will run twice a day (2pm and 8.30pm).


All of the helplines listed on this website are continuing to provide information, advice and guidance on a wide-range of health and wellbeing needs. 

Apps to help support your Health  offer contact details for Northern Area Services, most of which patients can self refer too themselves. 
OTHER AVAILABLE SELF HELP LINKS FOR PATIENTS.  --- NHS advice on many common conditions  ---- similar evidence based information and advice for patients  ---- advice regarding managing your chronic pain  ---Mental Health - anxiety, low mood etc --support for families / children --- Womens aid support and information  - support for men who experience relationship breakdown , anger management links to information about coronavirus  --- Counselling video/telephone consultation available to patients.

Headspace: mindfulness for your everyday life(free until end of December to NHS staff)

The ACT companion:  The happiness trap app (free until end of June to NHS staff)


MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS   Provides resources for patients including the 5 steps for wellbeing leaflets which have been translated and are available in 11 different languages

HSC Bereavement Network website has been developed to provide information and guidance for those who care for and support dying people and their loved ones around the time of and after death.  It has resources including leaflets for those who have been bereaved as well as information about support services


Breast Screening

A new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for breast screening has been produced by the Public Health Agency.  It covers the whole process of screening - from receiving the invitation letter to getting the results.  The video is aimed at women who have never attended for breast screening or who have been invited for the first time.  Patient Advice Leaflet:

Cancer Services

If you have questions about cancer care in Belfast Trust visit the above website for information.  

Information Leaflet :  2014_Sept_-_Leaflet_-Affected_by_Cancer_were_here_to_help.doc 

Hearing Aid User Support Service - Free  

Click the link above for more information on a free NHS hearing aid service.

Macmillan Cancer Support

We would like to inform you about the Macmillan Community Helper Service; a new service providing practical and emotional support for people affected by cancer across the Northern area.

 Macmillan have a team of trained volunteers across the Northern area who are ready to visit people affected by cancer at home on a weekly basis for up to 2 hours, and provide help with practical tasks like light housework, ironing and shopping that the individual might be finding difficult due to their cancer or their treatment; or meet them for coffee, go out for a walk together, and be someone to talk to.  The service is available for up to 6 months.  It is open to anyone over the age of 18, and to families who have a child affected by cancer.  Connecting with a Macmillan volunteer can help people affected by cancer regain their self-esteem or self-confidence, be less lonely and isolated, and help integrate them into services, groups and activities in their community.

If you would like more information or to make a referral please contact:

Alexandra McMeekin, Volunteering Services Manager Macmillan Cancer Support

Email:  Phone: 075 4076 8244

MacMillan also offer a  Support Line on 0800 808 00 00 which is open Monday to Friday, 9am until 8pm. 

Prostate Screening

The PSA test which can give an early indication of prostate cancer is available for all patients who wish to be tested, having arrived at an informed decision to do so. Although there is currently no evidence-base to support a national screening programme in the United Kingdom (UK), there is clear direction relating to patient access to testing.  

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It is responsible for around 25% of newly diagnosed cases of cancer, and around 12% of cancer deaths. Most cases develop in men aged 65 or older.

Patient Information Leaflet:



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