Cancer Psychological Services
Living with cancer can lead to many different feelings. Some people may find it difficult to cope. They may struggle with feelings such as low mood, worry, anger and fear. Sometimes people become overwhelmed by these feelings. This service will offer you an opportunity to talk with someone trained in emotional well-being. You can think together about different ways of coping with the impact of cancer. Many people find it helpful to discuss their situation in confidence with someone outside of the family.
Samaritans: Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress and despair.
Tel: 08457 90 90 90
Macmillan Cancer Support
Need to talk?
Call us free*
0808 808 00 00
Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm
Family and carer support services
Carers UK: Provide advice and information for carers.
Carers UK advice line: 0808 808 7777 (open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm)
A charity organisation that provides information, advice, education, training and employment opportunities for carers.
Telephone no: 0844 800 4361
Cruse Bereavement Care
0808 808 1677
If you are experiencing significant immediate distress that means there is a risk to your safety e.g. you might be having thoughts of harming yourself or ending your life then there are several places you can contact.
You can contact your GP if you are concerned about your mental health, and feel at risk of harming yourself in some way.
Local Single Point of Access (SPA)
This is a community service that receives self-referrals and referrals from professionals. It offers an assessment of a person’s mental health needs, sign-posting them to the appropriate service. If you feel as though you are experiencing a crisis in mental health or frequent and severe suicidal thoughts this is a useful number to ring.
Kirklees and Calderdale: 01924 284555
999 + Local Accident & Emergency departments:
If you feel distressed and have plans to end your life or have taken any action to do so, your local A&E is often the most appropriate place to contact.
What will happen at my first appointment?
The purpose of your first appointment is to get an understanding of the difficulties that led you to seek help and how these difficulties are affecting your life. We will also talk about what your priorities and goals are. The appointment will usually last for 1 hour. You are welcome to bring anyone else into the consultation if you want to include them in the discussion.
What happens next?
Sometimes, the first consultation can be helpful and sufficient to meet your needs. We will discuss with you whether we feel you would benefit from further sessions and you will be offered further sessions if this seems appropriate. Sometimes there will be other services that can better meet your needs and we will be able to direct or refer you to these services if appropriate.
What happens with the information I share with you?
We will always do our best to ensure that the information you share remains confidential. The notes we write are kept separately to your medical notes. We will write a brief summary of our understanding of your difficulties for the health professionals involved in your care and this would usually be written in a letter. We will discuss this with you in your first appointment. If we think that there is a risk of harm to you or others we would need to pass this information to somebody. We would always try to talk with you first.
Where will I be seen?
All appointments will be at the Greenlea Unit, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Your first appointment letter will tell you exactly where your first meeting will be held.
What should I do if I would like this help?
If you feel that you would benefit from this service, please talk to a member of your cancer team for example your consultant or clinical nurse specialist who can give you more information and make a referral if appropriate.
This service is available to all adults with cancer who are under the care of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. If your difficulties are not related to your experience of cancer we may be able to help you to access another source of support for these issues.
What could this service help me with?
- Feeling anxious or having panic attacks
- Feeling angry
- Low mood or feeling upset
- Coping with adjustment, change and loss
- Worries or fears about the future
- Adjusting to your diagnosis and loss of confidence
- Decisions about your treatment and medication
- Managing the demands of home and family life
- Coping with pain, fatigue and treatment side-effects
- The impact of cancer on relationships
- Feeling unhappy about the way you look
- Coping with how cancer affects your self-esteem
What our patients have said...
"I would like to say a big thank you to this service"
"It’s been a massive help to me"
"I liked having someone to talk to who understood my fears and emotions"
"They made me feel so comfortable in whatever I said"
"This service made a huge difference to my experience of cancer"
"It was great to have someone outside the family to support me"
"I feel less anxious than I have ever done! Thank you"
"This support helped me the manage my symptoms better"
"I could access chemotherapy once I had met with the psychologist – before that I felt too overwhelmed"
"I was so worried about my cancer coming back but these sessions helped me manage this fear"
"I no longer feel so depressed"
"Sessions with the psychologist really bolstered me up and gave me more determination to deal with my problems head on"
"Thank you so much for all the support you have given me"
"They took the time to help me understand why I felt like I did"