What are Talking Shops?

Talking Shops are drop-in shops that a passer by can walk into and access mental health information and advice.


Who runs them and where are they?

These pioneering one-stop shops are run by the NHS and are currently on the high streets of Rotherham, Doncaster and Scunthorpe.


How do Talking Shops work?

Talking shops provide a starting point for anyone who needs help with a problem and to help them feel better.

Useful leaflets and all kinds of information on mental health care and issues are offered.

They give us the opportunity to gain knowledge about the therapies provided by the NHS Trust.

You don’t have to struggle by yourself; you can visit a Talking Shop, even if it’s just to understand the range of support they offer.

If you’d like to talk to someone, welcoming staff and volunteers help visitors to access information and how to use the computers.

There is also an opportunity for an initial consultation with a health professional.

A health professional will listen to your problem/s, make an initial assessment and together you can agree on a way forward to help you.

They help with problems such as anxiety, depression, panic or phobias, or simply to access free information or advice.


What further services do Talking Shops offer?

Talking Shops provide a range of services.

They offer individual therapy as well as group therapy and this can be in the daytime or evenings for people who are limited to a particular time.

If you’re looking for somewhere to talk that’s convenient they can direct you to computerised self-help therapies.

Talking Shops are a great way to help normalise mental health care and reduce the stigma associated with it.

They also provide help and local support to carers of people with mental health problems which can only be a good thing.

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