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Household Support Fund

Due to predicted high demand, applications for the Household Support Fund have now closed. Further support can be found on our Cost of Living and Household Support pages

Sometimes we all need a helping hand when life's daily pressures get on top of us.

Maybe you are feeling anxious or low in mood. Do you feel more stressed than normal? Have you experienced any panic? Or do you have any phobias that are impacting on your life?

The NHS in Dudley offers a free, confidential, talking therapies service. This provides a range of psychological therapies to support people experiencing:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • panic
  • phobias

They will work with you to find the best treatment for your needs. This could include:

  • wellbeing workshops
  • computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • individual therapy
  • guided self-help
  • signposting to other support services

For more information and to self-refer visit:

Help for managing suicidal thoughts

Anyone can have suicidal thoughts, if you're feeling like you want to die, it's important to tell someone. Help and support is available right now if you need it. You do not have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.

Support in crisis - Black Country 24/7 helpline

If you need urgent help with your mental health or are struggling to cope, the Black Country 24/7 helpline is here to help you.

The helpline offers a range of support services at times and places when people need it the most. We can help you with:

  • Advice
  • Emotional support
  • Triage
  • Referrals
  • Signposting

You don't need a referral from your GP or other health professionals. You can reach out for help when you need it. Mental health professionals will be on hand to help you avoid a crisis and help you find the path to recovery.

Call freephone 0800 008 6516 or text 07860 025 281

Sanctuary Hubs

Face to face support is also available outside of usual mental health service hours. Each of the Black Country boroughs have a Sanctuary Hub.

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday: 6pm to 11pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12noon to 11pm

Dudley Sanctuary Hub

DY1 Community Centre
Stafford Street

Sandwell Sanctuary Hub

Hope Place
321 High Street
West Bromwich
B70 8LU

Walsall Sanctuary Hub

1 Queen's Parade

Wolverhampton Sanctuary Hub

Castle House
Wheeler's Fold

Breathing space - debt respite scheme

If you live in England or Wales, you can get temporary protection from your creditors while you get debt advice and make a plan. This scheme is called ‘Breathing Space’.

Mental health and money advice

Mental Health & Money Advice is the first UK-wide online advice service designed to help you understand, manage and improve your financial and mental health.
They provide practical advice and support for people struggling with their mental health and money. Their website has lots of useful tips on how to manage your wellbeing.

It also includes a free Mental Health and Money Toolkit as well as the Money on Your Mind Podcast.

West Midlands Gambling Harms Clinic

The West Midlands Gambling Harms Clinic support people affected by problem gambling. They can provide therapies, treatment and recovery to those in need. They also offer tools, support and resources for those who may need them such as family and friends.

Just Straight Talk

Just Straight Talk (JST) is a Community Interest Company supporting people across The Black Country who are disadvantaged by providing the practical help, support, and motivation they need to address and overcome barriers, turn their lives around and achieve life goals.

JST has over 10 years’ experience of providing services within The Black Country for people including those long term unemployed, economically inactive and people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and the complex systems in place.

JST does this by providing practical support, motivation to address and overcome barriers to help people turn their lives around and achieve their goals. We work with people aged 16+ with no upper age limit.

Nobody is turned away and they have projects to cater for a wide range of needs.