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LOOKING AFTER YOUR WELLBEING

06 November 2017

There are lots of things you can do to help yourself stay well and have good wellbeing: including eating well, spending time with others, getting a good night's sleep and taking some regular exercise. Many of the things that are good for our physical health are also good for keeping our minds well too.

Some people find the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' a useful way of thinking about how you can look after your wellbeing:

1. Connect with the people around you and make time for family or friends.                  

2. Be active - Go for a run, play football, cycle to college or sign up for a dance class...whatever it is, make sure it is something you enjoy. 

3. Take notice – Pay attention to your senses – what can you see, feel, taste, smell and hear?

4. Keep learning – Try something new, be it a new recipe or taking up an evening class.

5. Give - Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile :) Volunteer your time. It can be incredibly rewarding.

Making a few small changes to your lifestyle could make a big difference, these websites might be able to help:

-Lets Get Moving Cambridgeshire LogoLet's Get Moving Cambridgeshire aims to improve the health of the Cambridgeshire population, specifically by increasing levels of physical activity. This will be done by promoting existing opportunities, developing new opportunities, and supporting individuals that require support to achieve their goals.

-Prescription 4 Exercise Logo‘Prescription for Exercise’ (P4E) provides essential information and advice to increase physical activity. Doing more reduces your chance of disease and treats many long term conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, COPD and arthritis. It’s never too late to start as the greatest benefit is seen in those who are the least active. The ‘Health professional’ section is designed and written for clinicians and medical students.

-One You logo - Whether it’s getting more active, quitting smoking or reducing how much alcohol you drink this website can help!  

 

Want to try out mindfulness? Need a little boost? Then check out the Apps page for a little inspiration! 

MENTAL HEALTH APPS

06 November 2017

 

The NHS App library has lots of different apps, some of which have clinical evidence to show that they help some people (these ones are labelled ‘NHS Approved’) and others are currently undergoing testing to see how effective they are.

https://apps.beta.nhs.uk/?category=Mental%20Health

SELF-HELP RESOURCES

06 November 2017

Books 

Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

Mood Boosting Books

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.

 

Online

MoodJuice is a website that enables you to download CBT based self help booklets
A free online CBT interactive programme for anxiety and depression.

Living Life To The Full is a free online interactive programme for anxiety and depression.

MoodGym is a CBT based resource for anxiety and depression tailored for 16-25 year olds.

 

Get Self-Help: Provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy self-help and resources.

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

06 November 2017

We all have mental health and we all have to take care of it. It affects how we think, feel and behave as well as determining how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Our mental health can change over time. Some people call mental health 'emotional health' or 'wellbeing'.

What are mental health challenges?

Changes in mental health are very common, for example with the stresses and strains of life. But if these changes don’t go away, and start to affect our everyday life, this can lead to challenges with our mental health.  Over the course our lives, if we experience mental health challenges, our thinking, mood, and behaviour can be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health challenges, including our genes and life experiences.

How common are mental health problems?

Anyone can experience challenges with their mental health from mild stress to diagnosable mental health challenges, and it is thought that at any one time at least 1 person in 6 is experiencing a mental health challenge.

Mental health challenges are common but help is available and with the right support many people recover completely. Check out our Who Can Help Page for lots of services who are local and national!

VICTIMS & WITNESSES

06 November 2017

Being a victim of a crime and witnessing a crime can be very traumatic. This can cause harm to your mental health, this can happen instantly or develop over time. Getting help is nothing to be ashamed of. 

If you report a crime you will be asked questions to find out how you have been affected by the crime. You may be asked about your personal circumstances to help identify if there is any additional support that you might need and to understand how you'd prefer to be contacted thereafter.

You will usually receive either a letter with information about the support available to you as a victim of crime, or a telephone call from a skilled victim and witness care coordinator.  They will work with you to assess your needs and create a personalised plan to help you cope and recover from the effects of crime. They will also ensure you receive your entitlements under the Victim’s Code of Practice, acting as your single point of contact, should you need them.

This support is also available to victims who do not wish to report a crime. If you have been a victim of a crime but don't want to report it, you can still speak with a member of the Victims and Witness’ Support coordinators. You can also go online to your local authority and they will have a victim and witness information and support area for you.

Everyone copes with the after-effects of crime differently and can vary from person to person depending on their personality, the support of friends and family and their personal circumstances. All reactions to crimes are completely normal and you should not be embarrassed.

Anyone can become a victim of crime. A victim is defined as “a person who has been harmed (physically, financially or emotionally), injured or killed as a result of a crime, accident or other event or action”. The definition of a victim can also include;

  • Families or friends of a person who has died as a result of criminal conduct
  • Families or friends of victims in fatal road collisions
  • Nominated representatives of a business that has been the subject of a criminal activity.

If you have seen or been a victim of a crime, you will be called a witness. As a witness, you play a vital role in helping solve crimes and deliver justice. The criminal justice system cannot work without witnesses and are the most important part in bringing offenders to justice. Witnesses can be:

  • Victims of crime
  • Someone who saw a crime or incident
  • Someone who knows something about a crime or incident
  • Someone with specialist knowledge
  • Someone who knows someone involved in a case, known as a character witness.

There are lots of support services out here for you; the different support services will be able to offer advice and support to help you manage your mental health challenges, we listed a few below:

The Cambridgeshire Constabulary - Provides a Hub of support and advice for victims and witnesses to help them get through the after-effects of crimes.

Victim Support (VS) - Give you the support you need to move forward. Our services are free, confidential and available to anyone in England and Wales, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it happened. Choose from a number of ways to contact us.

GOV Website - Get free help and advice if you’ve been a victim of crime.

You & Co - You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. You do not have to report the crime to the police to get support from us.

Crime Stoppers UK - an independent charity helping law enforcement to locate criminals and help solve crimes. We have an anonymous 24/7 phone number, 0800 555 111, that people can call to pass on information about crime; alternatively people can send us information anonymously via our Giving Information Form. You don't have to give your name or any of your personal details. We do not trace calls or track IP addresses.

SAMM - SAMM is a national UK Charity (No 1000598) supporting families bereaved by Murder and Manslaughter. We also provide advice and training to many agencies on issues relevant to the traumatically bereaved.

Karma Nirvana - is an award-winning British human rights charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Honour crimes are not determined by age, faith, gender or sexuality, we support and work with all victims.

SARI Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI) is a service user/community-oriented agency that provides support and advice to victims of hate, and promotes equality and good relations between people with protected characteristics as defined by law. Most SARI staff have some direct experience of dealing with hate motivated behaviour and all staff have a clear understanding of and commitment to the objectives of SARI.

Stone Wall - We're here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone. We believe we're stronger united, so we partner with organisations that help us create real change for the better. We have laid deep foundations across Britain - in some of our greatest institutions - so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.

FASO - FASO is a voluntary organisation dedicated to supporting anyone affected by false allegations of abuse. False allegations affect people in all walks of life, in personal or professional contexts, and often without any warning or forewarning.  FASO is here to support you.

Murdered Abroad - A support group for families, partners and friends of the victims of murder and manslaughter abroad.

True Vision - True Vision is here to give you information about hate crime or incidents and how to report it. On this website, you can find out what hate crimes or hate incidents are, find out about the ways you can report them, report using the online form and find information about people that can help and support you if you have been a victim.

Equality Human Rights - We are an independent statutory body with the responsibility to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and protect and promote the human rights of everyone in Britain. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation – these are known as protected characteristics.

Hundred Families - Offer accurate information and practical advice for families bereaved by people with mental health problems along with evidence based resources for mental health professionals and others interested in serious violence by the mentally ill.

Support Line - SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. The Helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse.

Suzy Lamplugh - Our mission is to reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning, education and support. We help and support people to stay safe from violence and aggression through the provision of free safety tips, managing the National Stalking Helpline and delivering community projects.

Action Fraud - Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime.

British Transport Police - We police Britain’s railways, providing a service to rail operators, their staff and passengers across the country. This website provides advice, information and support to anyone who has been affected by a crime whilst on British Transport.

For more services here to help with your mental health challenges, check out our Who Else Can Help Me? Page!

WHO CAN HELP

06 November 2017

You, or someone you know, might be in crisis if:

·         You are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide seems the only option.

·         Someone you know has made threats to hurt you or someone else.

·         You are experiencing extreme distress that seems overwhelming.

Who can help in a mental health crisis?

Call 111 and press option 2 for the First Response Service -

A 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough*. The phone will be answered by a trained mental health professional who will be able to listen to your concerns and help you get the support you need.  They can offer advice over the phone, put you in contact with the crisis services or even refer you to a Sanctuary - safe places run by Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind). 

 

 

The Peterborough and Cambridge Sanctuaries offer short-term practical and emotional support between 6pm and 1am, seven days a week. You can watch a tour of the Cambridge Sanctuary.

*People in Wisbech will not have the option 2 but can access the service via dialling 111. The call handler will then transfer them direct to the FRS service

Who can call?

If you aren't able to make the call yourself then anyone can call on your behalf, for example a friend, carer, loved one or even your GP. The service is available to anyone, of any age, currently living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in a mental health crisis.

For more information visit: http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/mental-health-crisis.htm

There are lots of people who can help if you're suffering with a Mental Health Challenge! 

There are several local services here to help - you can find them on our Local Services Page!

There is also a wide range of national services available to you - find these on our National Services Page!

You can check out loads of local services available in Cambridgeshire in the Lifecraft Book. The Handbook is a directory of local and national mental health services, and is regularly updated. It also includes some useful services that are not specific to mental health. There are also chapters that explain relevant law and theory, plus information about statutory mental health services and professionals. You can download a free pdf version of it here!

Self help books are also out there for you if you would prefer to go down the self help road. There is the option of getting books on prescription -Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. You can also try mood boosting books - Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.

NHS 111 Mental Health Crisis Picture

 

 

 

LOCAL SUPPORT

06 November 2017

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Bereavement Services:

  • Help is at Hand  - A booklet specifically written for those bereaved by suicide by those who have also been affected by suicide.  The booklet gives practical information as well as details of further support.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Child Bereavement UK - Supports families and educates professionals when a child or baby of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice - The hospice’s family support team offers individual and group support pre and post bereavement. Trained staff and volunteers also facilitate the monthly walking group Wayfinders. Support for bereaved children aged six to 11 is available through the Charlie Chimp Club.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Arthur Rank House Hospice, Cambridge - Offers bereavement support to the families of patients who have received care from one of their services. Keith Morrison (Chaplain), Email: keith.morrison@arhc.org.uk, Tel: 01223 675777                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Sue Ryder St John's Hospice - Offers bereavement support to families and friends of patients cared for at the hospice. Jane Maxfield, Family Support & Bereavement Co-ordinator.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • The Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre - The Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre based at North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech, is a day centre supporting people who are living with a life-limiting illness. They also run a support day three times a year for bereaved relatives.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cambridge University Counselling Service - This free service is for enrolled students and staff of the University of Cambridge.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Anglia Ruskin University Counselling and Wellbeing Service - The Counselling and Wellbeing Service is available to all students at Anglia Ruskin University and offers a free and confidential service to promote mental health and wellbeing.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • CPSL MIND – CPSL (Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire) Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • InsightInsight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country. We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • CruseCruse bereavement support have several local support services all over the UK. Cruse offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • SANDS - Sands exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Petals - Petals (Pregnancy Expectations Trauma and Loss Society) provides a specialised counselling service at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Queen Charlottes and St Mary’s Hospitals in London, the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and Ipswich Hospital. Petals was set up as a charity in 2011 by a group of healthcare professionals working in maternity care, alongside women who had experienced first-hand the loss of a baby, or trauma during birth.

 

 

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Eating Disorders Services:

  • Eating Disorder Service - Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust run the Eating Disorder Service locally. Most people will be seen as outpatients, with a small number requiring a hospital stay. To access support for an eating disorder, please visit your GP.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Personalised Eating Disorder Support (PEDS) - A specialist eating disorder charity based in Peterborough, supporting individuals locally and around the country and further afield via our Skype and email services.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • CPFT have some services that provide support and help with eating disorders. For example:

 

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Older People Services:

  • Alzheimer's Society - Provides a range of services for people with dementia, their families and their carers. Click here for a leaflet of their current services in Peterborough. Alzheimer’s Society also has a large range of services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, online there is a postcode search facility on the national website.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Age UK - The information officers will help with all enquiries relating to older people living in Cambridgeshire.  They can provide information or signpost to the appropriate services.  Eg: safeguarding, benefits, care, finances, transport, respite, housing, aids & adaptions, bereavement, health and much more with the aim of promoting the health and wellbeing for older people, rights based advice and help you make social connections to reduce loneliness.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Care Network Cambridgeshire - Care Network provides help for vulnerable & older, isolated people living in Cambridgeshire - enabling them to remain independent and maintain social contact with friends and the community.  We equip, encourage and enable volunteers to support local people to lead a happy, healthy and independent life. Please note that referral is needed for practical help in the home.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Carers Trust Cambridgeshire - Carers Trust Cambridgeshire is a network partner of Carers Trust, providing more services and more help for family carers and their families across the county.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • First Response Service - A 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis, you can access this by dialing 111 and then choosing option 2. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (for some areas like Wisbech you will need to ask for option 2 when you get through to a provider who will pass you on). The phone will be answered by a trained mental health professional who will be able to listen to your concerns and help you get the support you need. They can offer advice over the phone, put you in contact with the crisis services or even refer you to a Sanctuary - safe places run by Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • CPSL MIND – CPSL Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cross Keys Homes LifelineThe LifeLine personal alarm is a fast and effective way to get help, 24 hours a day. With just the touch of a button you'll be in direct contact with our Control Centre. We can then call your contacts or the emergency services. So you'll know that help is on its way, immediately.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Forever Active - Forever Active provides exercise / activity sessions for the over 50 age group within Cambridgeshire. There are over 50 different sessions on offer, which cater for all ages and abilities. You’re invited to come along and try one of the classes on offer and take steps to becoming a healthier and happier you!                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Embrace - support people over 65 in Huntingdonshire to remain independent in their own homes.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Centra Support – In the Fenlands - Centra Support provide a free, community support service to anyone over the age of 65 living in Fenland. The service aims to help people live more independently and maintain their accommodation. This service is provided on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • East Cambs Older People’s Service - We provide a free, safe and dependable outreach support service for people aged 65 and over living in East Cambridgeshire. We’ll help you to live independently for as long as possible by providing confidential, emotional, financial and practical support. Our fully trained, qualified and friendly staff will visit you in your home and provide you with support on issues.                                                                                                                                                                                               

CPFT - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust - provide several services for elderly people:

  • Neighbourhood teams - Neighbourhood teams are the physical and mental health care hub of the local community for over 65-year olds and adults requiring community services. Services include mental health, district nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Click on the link above for more information.
  • Locality mental health services - Locality mental health services provide mental health support in the community as part of the neighbourhood teams. Click on the link above for more information.
  • Specialist services -Specialist community services include cardiac rehabilitation, CFS/ME, continence, diabetes, dietetics, multiple sclerosis, neuro-rehabilitation, Parkinson's disease, podiatry, respiratory and tuberculosis, speech and language therapy and tissue viability services. Click on the link above for more information.
  • Inpatient wards - We provide a number of mental health inpatient wards as well as physical health wards which provide rehabilitation and end of life care. Click on the link above for more information.
  • Urgent care - We provide three minor injury units in Fenland and Ely and a joint emergency team provides a two to four hour response service for people in their home when they become unwell and need urgent care. Click on the link above for more information.

 

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Self-Harm Services:

  • Centre33 - Centre 33 exists to help every young person in Cambridgeshire fulfil their potential.  We support and empower you to overcome your problems through a range of free and confidential services.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Samaritans - We offer a safe place for you to talk anytime you like, in your own way, about what's getting to you.

 

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Suicide Services:

  • Samaritans - Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. We’re there for people when they need us, which could be any time of day or night. People talk to us for as long as they like, as many times as they like. We don't rush, interrupt or push anyone out of the door. We let people lead the conversation at their own pace. There's no waiting lists, and no assessments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Help is at Hand  - A booklet specifically written for those bereaved by suicide by those who have also been affected by suicide. The booklet gives practical information as well as details of further support.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • STOP Suicide - Is an award-winning suicide prevention campaign which reaches across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It started life in 2014 as one of four different NHS England-funded pilot campaigns across the East of England and is now continuing via other funding streams.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Support After Suicide - We are a special interest group of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance who focuses on supporting those bereaved or affected by suicide.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • First Response Service - A 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis, you can access this by dialing 111 and then choosing option 2. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (for some areas like Wisbech you will need to ask for option 2 when you get through to a provider who will pass you on). The phone will be answered by a trained mental health professional who will be able to listen to your concerns and help you get the support you need. They can offer advice over the phone, put you in contact with the crisis services or even refer you to a Sanctuary - safe places run by Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind).

 

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Sexual and Domestic Abuse Services:

  • Choices Counselling - Choices offer a confidential counselling service in Cambridge (UK) and surrounding areas for women and men whose lives are affected by childhood sexual abuse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Muslim Women's Network UK - The overall goal of the helpline is to provide a national specialist faith and culturally sensitive service that is confidential and non-judgmental, which offers information, support, guidance and referrals to Asian and Muslim women and girls from diverse ethnic / faith backgrounds who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems on a range of issues. The helpline also acts as an interface or conduit between the victims and services that offer a concrete response to the request for help.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Women's Aid - Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Men's Advice Line - Help and support for male victims of domestic violence. Men's Advice Line: a confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner (or ex-partner).                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cambridgeshire Independent Sexual Violance Advisor (ISVA Service) - ISVA offers a Professional support and advise and a counselling service to survivors. Accepts Self and Professional referrals. An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) is trained to look after your needs, and to ensure that you receive care and understanding. Click here for info about - who are ISVA, who are CHISVA and ISVA's Service Guide.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre - Deliver a range of support services to women and children in Cambridgeshire who are survivors of rape, sexual abuse and violence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Peterborough Rape Crisis Centre is committed to supporting and empowering female survivors of rape and sexual abuse, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, age and other discriminatory factors respecting individual lifestyles through the provision of a confidential telephone help line, a face to face support service and other appropriate support mechanisms.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary - Being a victim of crime can affect our mental health, the Victims and Witness Hub provides a variety of information that may be of help. There is also a variety of other useful information on support available on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership - The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership is made up of key agencies in the county that have a role in preventing, and providing services and support to survivors of, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Elms - SARC - The Elms SARC offers free support and practical help to anyone in Cambridgeshire who has experienced
    sexual violence and/or sexual abuse. Our service is completely confidential and you do not have to give any personal information in order to get help.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Respect - YMCA Trinity Group - Free workshops to Schools, Colleges & Community groups raising awareness of domestic abuse in young peoples relationships.  Solution focused Counselling for young people affected by domestic abuse.  Family programmes for parents/carers who experience abusive behaviour from their child aged 10 – 17 yrs.  All services are free to access.

 

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PTSD Services:

  • Road Victims Trust - Supporting the victims of serious road collisions with emotional and practical support. Takes direct referrals from the Road Police Team or self-referral.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Combat Stress - Charity providing free services for ex-servicemen and women with conditions such as post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTDS), depression and anxiety disorder.  Support can be residential, community based or financial.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • InsightInsight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country. We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.

 

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Drug/Alcohol Abuse Services:

  • Inclusion - A free and confidential service, open to all those who feel that their alcohol use is becoming a problem. GP, Professional or Self referrals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The SUN Network  - The Sun Network works with people who have accessed mental health and drug/alcohol abuse services to ensure that it's members opinions are heard and involved in the decision making processes that involve their wellbeing.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • #POW#POW (Possibilities, Opportunities, Without taking risk) young people’s drug and alcohol service is a free and confidential service that works with young people and families around their, or their parent’s or carer’s substance use. We offer awareness courses on drugs and alcohol, and offer tailor made treatment to all those that are referred in to our service based on their needs or goals.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Apsire PeterboroughAspire is available to provide support for those with substance misuse issues and support for their families and carers within the Peterborough area. Dedicated staff offer support to the individual in achieving and sustaining recovery. Working with the service user the recovery worker will offer information, advice and guidance to develop an individual recovery plan with links to the local community. Groups and activities are also available at Aspire to assist service users in their recovery journey as well as links to mutual aid groups and longer term recovery support options. Aspire offers- one to one support, medical prescribing, and detoxification as well as structured group work, structured and peer led activities and counselling.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • CASUS - Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service - CASUS provide information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire, around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families. Our website contains information on our services, including how to refer yourself, or somebody else, and lots of information and advice around drugs, alcohol, and mental wellbeing. The service has been commissioned by Public Health England since April 2010, when CASUS was awarded the contract to work with young people, and their families, who have drug and alcohol concerns, issues or problems and live in Cambridgeshire.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Recovery Cafes : free, regular, no appointments needed, drop-in cafes where you can find lots of information on recovery from drug and alcohol use, chats with others in recovery and enjoy a free tea or coffee on us.

    Cambridge: The Edge Café, Brookfield NHS Site, Mill Rd, CB1 3DF, Every Thursday 12-3pm

    Huntingdon: Alexs Café, High Street, Huningdon, Every Wednesday 12-2pm

    Ely: The Countess Free Church, Ely, Every Monday 10am – 12pm

    For more information on the Cafes please call Sun Network on 01480 276057

 

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Pregnancy Services:

  • Tommy's - An organisation that provides accredited midwife-led pregnancy health information for parents-to-be, and funds research into the causes of pregnancy loss.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • PANDAS - Pre And Post Natal Depression Advice and Support (PANDAS) help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. They also inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • SANDS - Sands exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Petals - Petals (Pregnancy Expectations Trauma and Loss Society) provides a specialised counselling service at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Queen Charlottes and St Mary’s Hospitals in London, the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and Ipswich Hospital. Petals was set up as a charity in 2011 by a group of healthcare professionals working in maternity care, alongside women who had experienced first-hand the loss of a baby, or trauma during birth.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • CPSL MIND - CPSL Mind have lots of helpful advice and information online about the different kinds of support you can get and they also run lots of workshops and courses. If you would like to self refer to Mind, We have added their Referral Form here and a link to their different services and referral forms!                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Connecting Mums has been running in the Peterborough area since 2013 and is funded by Peterborough City Council which is also run by Mind. Connecting Mums helps pregnant women and new mums increase their social support, improve confidence and self-esteem, develop a range of coping skills, access local services and help nurture the bond between mum and baby. The course enables women to build resilience and prevent the risk of developing Postnatal Depression by providing you with one to one support and group sessions. CPSL Mind are proud to be offering Mums Matter in Peterborough, a service developed in partnership with Mind nationally and mums with lived experience. We will be able to chat to you and advise which service might be most beneficial to you. We are launching a new Mums Monthly Peer Support Group which starts in April 2018, this group is peer led by and facilitated by our amazing volunteers who have lived experience of perinatal mental health.

 

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Social Isolation Services:

  • Citizens Advice Bureau - Citizens Advice Bureau provides free and confidential advice to everyone. CAB take the time to listen to you and equip you with the information, options and support that fit your needs.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Asylum Aid - Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity working to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK from persecution and human rights abuses abroad. We provide free legal advice and representation to the most vulnerable and excluded asylum seekers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Wintercomfort  - Wintercomfort supports people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes in Cambridge. They offer a safe place where people can feel welcome and valued, basic amenities such as meals, showers and laundry facilities. The also offer a range of educational and recreational activities, opportunities to access other agencies (e.g. health service), legal advice and meaningful work and volunteering opportunities through our social enterprises.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Red2Green - Helping people in the place they live and progress to volunteering. red2green.org                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Workroutes - Work routes helps unemployed people find and sustain employment. The free service enables jobseekers to improve their skills and employability and create a personal plan to find the right job for them.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Make Do and Mend - Make Do and Mend provide workshops for people who experience mental distress. These workshops aim to promote recovery by developing self-esteem through developing skills. Workshops include areas such as candle making, guitar and cookery. There is a small membership fee to join Make Do and Mend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Spice - Spice is a charity that has developed a system of Time Credits as a way of recognising and celebrating the time people give and encouraging more new people to get involved in volunteering. A Time Credit is ‘earned’ for an hour of volunteering and can then be ‘spent’ on an hour of something that person enjoys, such as the theatre, swimming or learning new skills.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum - CECF is an umbrella organisation for Cambridge and district that provides racial equality services to individuals and groups.  CECF provides a cultural diversity service that helps promote an understanding between people from different ethnic groups and help them be a natural part of Cambridge life. We give special social, cultural, moral and practical support to groups and develop particular projects where needed.  One of our key projects is the Cambridgeshire Human Rights and Equality Support Service (CHESS)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Cambridge City Customer Services - Cambridge City Customer Services provide advice relating to any issues regarding Council Tax, Housing Benefit, and Council Tax Reduction, Housing, Homelink and Tenancy Issues.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Richmond Fellowship (Cambridge Employment Service) - We’re a specialist employment service providing support for people recovering from mental health problems to find paid employment, voluntary work, education and training or to retain their current employment.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Vivacity Volunteering - Vivacity helps people get involved in making things happen in your city through volunteering. Meet like minded people and develop new skills by volunteering at Vivacity. They also offer training opportunities, career days and exhibition recruitment! Vivacity are passionate about helping people within the community through local involvement opportunities and anyone can volunteer.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cambridge Community Arts (CCA) - CCA uses the creative process as a tool to empower people by tapping into their own creative resources and improving their mental well-being.  We particularly welcome learners with experience of mental ill-health. Our courses improve art-form skills, confidence and develop creative and supportive communities. We work with talented artists (musicians, producers, directors, actors, film-makers, photographers, poets, story-tellers etc.) experienced at delivering creative learning and inspiring others.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Positive People CareWe help & support people with mental health problems & other long term illness's, we also support carers who are helping these people. We help you by taking you out on subsidised coach trips twice a month & holidays all arranged for you 3 times a year. We also have Art & Craft sessions weekly.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • People & Animals - People & Animals UK is a Community Interest Company providing animal and land-based therapeutic interventions, activities, education and skills development opportunities for children, young people and adults to support and enhance the physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals and the wider community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • The K9 Project - Working alongside children and young people who are in experiencing challenge preventing them from reaching their full potential. Supporting people who want to set up their own canine assisted interventions and projects through established coaching programmes, training packages, workshops and resources. Community cafes in Ely and Ramsey for people and dogs to mix.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Fenland Volunteer Centre - There are lots of opportunities to get involved. Whatever your age, whatever your interests or abilities, your community needs you! From supporting and helping people to DIY, gardening and conservation, or office and IT skills!

 

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Anxiety, Depression and Stress Services:

  • CPSL MIND - CPSL Mind offer a range of six week, skills-based workshops and support groups which aim to help people cope with the ups and downs of life. These workshops are all free of charge and take place in our Cambridge and St Neots offices. They also offer one to one support. Click here for a referral form.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Psychological Wellbeing Service - The Psychological Wellbeing Service can offer support to those aged 17 and over via a range of brief supported self-help and talking therapy options. The service usually helps people with mild to moderate mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, phobias or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. You can self-refer to the service by calling 0300 300 0055 of or via CPFT NHS (click on self-refer psychological wellbeing service).                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Kooth (11- 24 year olds) - Kooth is a confidential and anonymous online service for young people, specifically developed to make it easy and safe for young people to access mental health support as and when they need it, while removing any associated stigma. Once signed up, Kooth users have access to BACP trained counsellors available until 10pm, 365 days a year, peer-to-peer support through moderated forums, and a range of self-help materials, co-written by other young people. Any young person aged 11 – 24 with a Cambridgeshire or Peterborough postcode can access the service for free.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Cogwheel Trust - The Cogwheel Trust provides counselling support for adults and young people aged 6-16 years in Cambridge and the surrounding areas. Parents can refer their child into the service which is based in Cambridge. The Cogwheel Trust is a charity and it asks for donations towards appointments based on income. To find out more visit their website or call 01223 464385.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Arts and Minds - Arts on Prescription is a series of friendly, weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety. Led by a professional artist and a qualified counsellor, they offer the chance to experience working with a wide range of materials and techniques, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Sessions last for two hours and are open to all abilities – no experience necessary. It is planned that sessions will open up to young people in 2015/16. For more information on how to be referred to the service visit the website.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Make Do and Mend - Make Do and Mend provide workshops for people who experience mental distress. These workshops aim to promote recovery by developing self-esteem through developing skills. Workshops include areas such as candle making, guitar and cookery. There is a small membership fee to join Make Do and Mend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • InsightInsight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country. We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cameo - Cameo is an early intervention service for psychosis. The service provides support for individuals, families, carers and friends. Cameo is funded and provided by CPFT (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust).                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Lifecraft - Lifecraft is a user-led organisation for adults in the Cambridge area who have experience of mental health difficulties in their lives. Services include creative activities, recovery groups, social activities and employment and volunteering opportunities. Lifecraft also have an Information Hub, a counselling service and Lifeline, a telephone helpline that runs 365 days a year, you can call on 0808 808 2121.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Service User Network - The SUN Network exists to ensure high quality, appropriate Mental Health and drug and alcohol services are being delivered throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to meet the needs of adults.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Richmond Fellowship (Cambridge Employment Service) - We’re a specialist employment service providing support for people recovering from mental health problems to find paid employment, voluntary work, education and training or to retain their current employment.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Richmond Fellowship (Fenland Wellbeing Website) - We’re a specialist employment service providing support for people recovering from mental health problems, including Autism and Asperger's, to find paid employment, voluntary work, education and training or to retain their current employment. The Wellbeing Service works with people aged 18–64 who live in Fenland – North Cambridgeshire. The service supports people who are experiencing mental distress to the extent that it is impacting on their lives and sense of wellbeing.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Insight  (Peterborough and Cambridgeshire) - Insight talking therapies is a free and confidential service, commissioned by the NHS, and is available to anyone aged 17 and over and living in the Peterborough or Cambridgeshire area.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Illuminate - Illuminate is a registered charity, providing coaching and personal development courses throughout the East of England. Based in Cambridge we help people who have experienced a setback including mental ill health, and are unemployed or on a minimal income. Through our work we rebuild self-confidence, enabling sustainable positive changes, improving lives for the better.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough App - The MyHealth app provides up-to-date information about the locations and opening times of a range of health services in the area, including some mental health services. Search for ‘MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’ in the Android or Apple app store to download.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Silver Cloud- Sliver cloud is an online programme run by the CPFT that is designed to help you learn techniques to overcome symptoms of low mood and anxiety. Silver Cloud is a flexible programme, that you can access anywhere, whether at home, work or elsewhere. You can use it on your computer tablet of mobile phone. You can work at your own pace, with regular reviews from your therapist who will help and guide you through the programme.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Head To Toe CharityWith your support, Head to Toe can help our amazing NHS staff to provide even better care and treatment, while raising public understanding of the challenges experienced by the people that CPFT serve. Every penny you give will enhance the services that CPFT provides and support people of all ages receiving mental health, community and social care across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.                                                                                                                                                                                               

CPFT - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust - provide several services for people with mental health challenges:

 

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Disability Help Services:

  • National Autism Society - NAS are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cambridgeshire Deaf Association - CDA provide services for deaf people across Cambridgeshire and we provide deafness related training.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Family Action - Family Action - Family Hurdles Additional Needs Support - A 'Social Prescribing' project for families with a child with ASD or ADHD. Family Action is a charity commited to building stronger families by delivering innovative and effective services and support that reaches out to many of the UK's most vulnerable people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • CamSightCam Sight is a local charity embedded in the community, working with 1,800 people living with low vision and blindness in Cambridgeshire. Cam Sight is a life-long resource for all ages. Our mission is to support local people of all ages with low vision and blindness to live the lives they choose. We aim to enhance independence, improve well-being, and increase inclusion. We bring visually impaired children and families together and support older people with sight loss to remain a valued part of their communities, ensuring they have the information, support, and technology they need to remain independent.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Hunts BlindHuntingdonshire Society for the Blind is an independent, local charity dedicated to supporting people with sight impairment who live in the old county of Huntingdonshire.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Isle of Ely Society for the Blind - At Isle of Ely Society for the Blind we are dedicated to giving high levels of care, understanding and temperament to those less able to see across North East Cambridgeshire, from north Tydd St Giles and south Ely, Stretham.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • DeafBlindUK - We support people with combined sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want. Whether you need some support to get back on your feet after a diagnosis, a helping hand to help you do the things you love, someone to turn to when you’re feeling low or some information, advice and guidance, we’re here to help.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Cambridgeshire Invisible Illness Support (CIIS) - CIIS offers friendship, community, meet up, social events and reassurance. We aim to provide a safe place to offload, discuss, learn and share experiences. We aim to work with local Physical and Mental Health Services to raise awareness of invisible illnesses and work collaboratively to strive to improve services.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Disability Peterborough (DIAL) - DIAL Peterborough is your local centre for free confidential and impartial information and advice, for physically disabled people, their carers and families. The purpose of DIAL Peterborough is to provide a range of services that assist people with physical disabilities to achieve their potential and have maximum choice and control over their lives.   The information and help we provide can enable anyone, living in Peterborough, with a disability gain the freedom and support they are entitled to. We hold a Legal Services Quality Mark for disability case work.                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Little Miracles - Little Miracles is a charity for families of children that have additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions. We can take families with children before birth till the age of 25 and can offer support to siblings and grandparents. They offer counselling (both adults and children), family support, benefits advice, play services and play therapy. It's service is free and for referrals please call on 01733 262226 or email clinicalteam@littlemiraclescharity.org.uk 

 

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Personality Disorder Services:

  • Springbank Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS - Springbank is a 12-bed inpatient recovery unit for women with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) who are struggling to cope with the demands of life outside of hospital, despite the input from community psychiatric services. Funded by CPFT.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Community Team – Offer assessment and treatment advise, support, care plans and specialist interventions. Funded by CPFT.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Rethink - Offer loads of helpful links to services and information/advice.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Time to Change - Offers helpful advice on where you can get help and you can see other peoples stories.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • ELEFriends - Elefriends is a friendly, supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health challenge.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • CPSL MIND – CPSL Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services. They offer PD Peer Support Groups and one to one support.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Bipolar UK - We're the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Each year we reach out to and support over 80,000 individuals through our range of services.                                                                                                                                                                                               

CPFT - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust - provide several services for people with personality disorders and other challenges:

 

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Young People Services: 

  • Centre 33 - Centre 33 exists to help every young person in Cambridgeshire fulfil their potential and overcome problems through a range of free and confidential services - including housing, sexual health, family problems, bullying.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • CPSL MIND – CPSL Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Stress LESS - CPSL Mind Stress LESS is a county-wide, pilot campaign that launched across the county during National Revision Week, and peaked during Mental Health Awareness Week. The campaign seeks to empower students (aged 12–18) to find positive ways of coping with school/college and exam stress.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • #POW#POW (Possibilities, Opportunities, Without taking risk) young people’s drug and alcohol service is a free and confidential service that works with young people and families around their, or their parent’s or carer’s substance use. We offer awareness courses on drugs and alcohol, and offer tailor made treatment to all those that are referred in to our service based on their needs or goals.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Respect - YMCA Trinity Group - Free workshops to Schools, Colleges & Community groups raising awareness of domestic abuse in young peoples relationships.  Solution focused Counselling for young people affected by domestic abuse.  Family programmes for parents/carers who experience abusive behaviour from their child aged 10 – 17 yrs.  All services are free to access.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • CASUS - Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service - CASUS provide information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire, around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families. Our website contains information on our services, including how to refer yourself, or somebody else, and lots of information and advice around drugs, alcohol, and mental wellbeing. The service has been commissioned by Public Health England since April 2010, when CASUS was awarded the contract to work with young people, and their families, who have drug and alcohol concerns, issues or problems and live in Cambridgeshire.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • CHUMSCHUMS offers individual support, group work, family support, family days, activity days and residential weekends.  CHUMS ethos is to support the family as a whole wherever possible and some of our current services directly support adults.                                                                                                                                                                                                

CPFT - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust - provide several services for young people:

  • Peterborough Integrated Children's Health Services - We provide support, advice and health care for children, young people, carers and families.  Our services include: Health visiting, School nursing, Child and adolescent mental health services, Children's community nursing, Community paediatrics, Child Development Centre, Paediatric speech and language therapy, Paediatric occupational therapy, Paediatric physiotherapy, Paediatric psychology, Children in care and The Family Nurse Partnership. For more information please contact Dr Venkat Reddy, Clinical Lead, Peterborough Children's Health Services, on 01733 777937.
  • Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)- We provide a wide range of community paediatric learning disability services supporting children, young people and their families, and the professionals and organisations working with them. We also provide consultation, training and advice for professionals on signs and symptoms of mental health disorders in children and adolescents. For more information please contact Dr Nick White, Associate Director of Operations, Children, Young People and Families Directorate.
  • Specialist and in-patient CAMH services - We provide a number of specialist and in-patient services for children and young people with severe and enduring mental health problems who have a need for particular interventions, focused work and in patient treatment:

With close links to the Darwin Centre for Young People, the CAMH Intensive Support Team is a community focused team offering an alternative to hospital admission for young people aged 12-18 years who are experiencing a crisis in their mental health and support for their families. The team also offers support following discharge from hospital admission.

For more information please contact Dr Nick White, Associate Director of Operations, Children, Young People and Families Directorate.

 

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LGBTQ Services:

  • Beaumont Cambridge - The Beaumont Society is a national self help body run by and for the transgender community. We welcome all transgender people and their partners, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed or colour.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Cambridge Diamonds - Cambridge Diamonds is a local support, self-help community group for transgender people, their family and friends.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Victims & Witnesses Services:

  • The Cambridgeshire Constabulary - Provides a Hub of support and advice for victims and witnesses to help them get through the after-effects of crimes.
  • Victim Support (VS) - Give you the support you need to move forward. Our services are free, confidential and available to anyone in England and Wales, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it happened. Choose from a number of ways to contact us.
  • GOV Website - Get free help and advice if you’ve been a victim of crime.
  • You & Co - You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. You do not have to report the crime to the police to get support from us.
  • Crime Stoppers UK - an independent charity helping law enforcement to locate criminals and help solve crimes. We have an anonymous 24/7 phone number, 0800 555 111, that people can call to pass on information about crime; alternatively people can send us information anonymously via our Giving Information Form. You don't have to give your name or any of your personal details. We do not trace calls or track IP addresses.
  • SAMM - SAMM is a national UK Charity (No 1000598) supporting families bereaved by Murder and Manslaughter. We also provide advice and training to many agencies on issues relevant to the traumatically bereaved.
  • Karma Nirvana - is an award-winning British human rights charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Honour crimes are not determined by age, faith, gender or sexuality, we support and work with all victims.
  • SARI Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI) is a service user/community-oriented agency that provides support and advice to victims of hate, and promotes equality and good relations between people with protected characteristics as defined by law. Most SARI staff have some direct experience of dealing with hate motivated behaviour and all staff have a clear understanding of and commitment to the objectives of SARI.
  • Stone Wall - We're here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone. We believe we're stronger united, so we partner with organisations that help us create real change for the better. We have laid deep foundations across Britain - in some of our greatest institutions - so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.
  • FASO - FASO is a voluntary organisation dedicated to supporting anyone affected by false allegations of abuse. False allegations affect people in all walks of life, in personal or professional contexts, and often without any warning or forewarning.  FASO is here to support you.
  • Murdered Abroad - A support group for families, partners and friends of the victims of murder and manslaughter abroad.
  • True Vision - True Vision is here to give you information about hate crime or incidents and how to report it. On this website, you can find out what hate crimes or hate incidents are, find out about the ways you can report them, report using the online form and find information about people that can help and support you if you have been a victim.
  • Equality Human Rights - We are an independent statutory body with the responsibility to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and protect and promote the human rights of everyone in Britain. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation – these are known as protected characteristics.
  • Hundred Families - Offer accurate information and practical advice for families bereaved by people with mental health problems along with evidence based resources for mental health professionals and others interested in serious violence by the mentally ill.
  • Support Line - SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. The Helpline is primarily a preventative service and aims to support people before they reach the point of crisis. It is particularly aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse.
  • Suzy Lamplugh - Our mission is to reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning, education and support. We help and support people to stay safe from violence and aggression through the provision of free safety tips, managing the National Stalking Helpline and delivering community projects.
  • Action Fraud - Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime.
  • British Transport Police - We police Britain’s railways, providing a service to rail operators, their staff and passengers across the country. This website provides advice, information and support to anyone who has been affected by a crime whilst on British Transport.
  • Cross Keys Homes We believe everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and to live in a community free from harassment, hatred and abuse. That's why we have a dedicated Hate Crime Officer, Emma Elmett - emma.elmett@crosskeyshomes.co.uk, who can help you report the crime and tell you where to get further support. We take a zero tolerance approach to all criminal behaviour and we work with local agencies to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. We're part of the SaferPeterborough Partnership and work closely with local police, the fire service, Peterborough City Council and community groups to make the city a safer place for everyone.
  • Coroners Courts Support Service - The Coroners’ Courts Support Service (CCSS) is an independent voluntary organisation whose trained volunteers offer emotional support and practical help to bereaved families, witnesses and others attending an Inquest at a Coroner’s Court.

 

 

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Other Services Available:

  • The Mental Health Handbook - Lifecraft created and maintains the handbook to provide support and information for people with mental health issues, their carers and mental health professionals in Cambridgeshire. The Mental Health Handbook provides valuable information and contact details for relevant organisations on a range of areas such as advocacy, hospital services, housing, employment guidance, education, benefits advice and carers.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • First Response Service - A 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis, you can access this by dialing 111 and then choosing option 2. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (for some areas like Wisbech you will need to ask for option 2 when you get through to a provider who will pass you on). The phone will be answered by a trained mental health professional who will be able to listen to your concerns and help you get the support you need. They can offer advice over the phone, put you in contact with the crisis services or even refer you to a Sanctuary - safe places run by Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • NHS Choices and One You  - Offers a range of support and advice on a range of issues from the NHS.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The SUN Network  - The Sun Network works with people who have accessed mental health and drug/alcohol abuse services to ensure that it's members opinions are heard and involved in the decision making processes that involve their wellbeing.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Citizens Advice Bureau - Citizens Advice Bureau provides free and confidential advice to everyone. CAB take the time to listen to you and equip you with the information, options and support that fit your needs.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • VoiceAbility - Everyone who contacts the Total Voice Advocacy Helpline can talk to us about what advocacy services are available to you. We will work hard to ensure you get information and the right support from advocates to meet your needs.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Self help books are also out there for you if you would prefer to go down the self help road. There is the option of getting books on prescription -Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. You can also try mood boosting books - Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Riverside - We are uniquely placed to provide innovative and flexible care and support solutions that provide exceptional value to commissioning authorities, clients and communities. Provides support to tenants who may be at risk of losing tenancy due to mental health issues (Cambridge)(need referral).                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Healthwatch Peterborough and Cambridgeshire - We are Healthwatch and we are here to help make care better.  We listen to your experiences of services and share them with those with the power to make change happen. Our Information service can help you find your way around local health and care services, including what to do if you have a complaint or a concern. This is free and confidential. Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Healthwatch Peterborough work together as one organisation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Let's Get Moving Cambridgeshire - Let's Get Moving Cambridgeshire aims to improve the health of the Cambridgeshire population, specifically by increasing levels of physical activity. This will be done by promoting existing opportunities, developing new opportunities, and supporting individuals that require support to achieve their goals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • CAMQUIT - CAMQUIT is your local Cambridgeshire stop smoking service. We focus on providing advice, information and support to local people who are thinking of stopping smoking. Whether you're a young person who's started smoking relatively recently or an adult who's been smoking since childhood, our friendly team can help you start out on the road to quitting – for good.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Walking For Health - Everyone Health Cambridgeshire offers a range of walking groups, to suit walkers of all fitness levels. We lead walks to provide the opportunity for you to see the wide range of parks and open spaces available in Cambridgeshire.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Everyone Health - Changepoint - Changepoint is a friendly and impartial service that offers everyone free help and support for any healthy change you want to make in your life. This could be for things like getting your family fitter, doing some regular exercise, dealing with stress, kicking a habit, or simply improving your general wellbeing. Delivered by Everyone Health, funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, and supported by other partners, Changepoint is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Cambridge Adult Learning and Skills - We offer careers advice and guidance and a wide range of learning opportunities across Cambridgeshire. Our programme is for adults aged 19 years and over who want to learn for work or leisure. Learning as an adult is fun and rewarding but it can also have other advantages. Learners tell us that they have improved their health, relationships, confidence and independence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • ICASH (Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health Services) - iCaSH Cambridgeshire provides all aspects of sexual health, including sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing & treatment, contraception, and HIV care and treatment, available from easily accessible single locations across Cambridgeshire. Anyone can self refer to our service. The clinic is totally confidential.   
 

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Bereavement Services:

  • Cruse Bereavement Care - Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Hope Again - Provides advice for young people after the death of someone close to them including personal stories of other young people who have been bereaved.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • The Bereavement Advice Centre - Bereavement Advice Centre supports and advises people on what they need to do after a death.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Child Bereavement UKChild Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) - Support for people affected by the death of a baby.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Child Death Helpline - A helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Compassionate Friends - An organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents offering support and mutual understanding to others after the loss of a child, of any age, from any cause. Calls to the national telephone helpline are taken only by bereaved parents. The website includes a members’ forum for electronic communication with others similarly bereaved.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • WAY Widowed and Young - Provides a social and support network for widows and widowers up to age of 50.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • RoadPeace - RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.  We are a self-help organisation and we aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other. We also strive to improve public awareness and maintain contacts with many other statutory and voluntary organisations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  • Miscarriage Association - Support for people affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MINDMind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • InsightInsight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country. We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.

 

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Eating Disorder Services:

  • Beat - An Eating Disorder charity and have lots of information on their website, plus helplines for young people and adults. Eating disorders include bulimia and anorexia nervosa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • National Centre for Eating Disorders - We believe that you have the right to have good help from someone who cares and understands. We believe that therapists who work with eating disorders deserve the best professional training to empower their work, plus ongoing clinical support. This is our mission for people with anorexia, bulimia, binge and compulsive eating, body image issues, intractable weight struggles and the people who serve them. Also has training options.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • SEED - We are a group of ordinary people with first hand experience of eating disorders, who make a difference to those people whose lives are blighted by this devastating illness. All services can be accessed through self-referral. We provide support and services for people living in Hull East Riding and Out of Area.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MGEDT (Men Get Eating Disorders Too) - Men Get Eating Disorders Too’ is an award winning national charity dedicated to representing and supporting the needs of men with eating disorders. They provide essential information that is specific to the unique needs of men and an online space for men to get their voices heard as well as offer peer support via our forum.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Overeaters Anonymous - Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating. Welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Weight Concern - The charity is committed to developing and researching new treatments for obesity. It is also working to increase the availability of the successful treatments it has pioneered in the UK via self-help programmes, self-help support groups and family based childhood obesity treatment.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Weight Wise - managed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA), with unbiased, easy-to-follow hints and tips - based on the latest evidence - to help you manage your weight for good. It will help you take a look at your current eating habits and physical activity levels, and offer a practical approach to setting your own goals for lifestyle change.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • British Nutrition Foundation - Promotes the wellbeing of society through the impartial interpretation and effective dissemination of scientifically based knowledge and advice on the relationship between diet, physical activity and health.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Recover Your Life - One of the biggest and best Self Harm Support Communities on the Internet, offers help on a variety of topics surrounding self harm, including self injury, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse and bullying, as well as drugs and alcohol and first aid.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • The Mix - The Mix is a website for young adults. It has advice and will help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health, eating disorders to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to them via online, social or their free confidential helpline.

 

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Self-Harm Services:

  • Harmless - Harmless is a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Recover Your Life - One of the biggest and best Self Harm Support Communities on the Internet, offers help on a variety of topics surrounding self harm, including self injury, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse and bullying, as well as drugs and alcohol and first aid.

 

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Suicide Services:

  • Samaritans - Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. We’re there for people when they need us, which could be any time of day or night. People talk to us for as long as they like, as many times as they like. We don't rush, interrupt or push anyone out of the door. We let people lead the conversation at their own pace. There's no waiting lists, and no assessments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • CALM - The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Check out the website for further support or Click here for their helpline.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • PAPYRUSWe deliver awareness and prevention training, provide confidential support and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK, campaign and influence national policy, and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Zero Suicide Alliance - The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to; enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/ behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

 

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Older People Services:

  • Dementia UK - This site offers support and helpful information about dementia and how you can get in touch for more help and info.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Age UK The information officers will help with all enquiries relating to older people living in the UK.  They can provide information or signpost to the appropriate services.  Eg: safeguarding, benefits, care, finances, transport, respite, housing, aids & adaptions, bereavement, health and much more with the aim of promoting the health and wellbeing for older people, rights based advice and help you make social connections to reduce loneliness.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Alzheimer's Society - Provides a range of services for people with dementia, their families and their carers.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MIND – Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MindEd For Families - MindEd for Families supports parents and those caring for children and young people in their family when they are concerned about a young person’s mental health or well-being. They also provide support for older people and their families when they are concerned about mental health and well-being, either their own or other family members.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Silverline - The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people by sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country, a befriending service to combat loneliness and a means of empowering those who may be suffering abuse and neglect, if appropriate to transfer them to specialist services to protect them from harm.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Campaign to End Loneliness - The Campaign to End Loneliness offers organisations who want to tackle loneliness a chance to learn from each other. We provide the latest research, opportunities to meet through events, and regular information to share the motivation and momentum behind this issue.                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Forever Active - Forever Active provides exercise / activity sessions for the over 50 age group within Cambridgeshire. There are over 50 different sessions on offer, which cater for all ages and abilities. You’re invited to come along and try one of the classes on offer and take steps to becoming a healthier and happier you!

 

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Sexual and Domestic Violence Services:

  • Survivors UK - Survivors UK offer individual counselling, group work and helpline services from our base in Shadwell, London E1 for men who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Women's Aid - Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Victim Support - As an independent charity, we work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. We help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. Our support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Respect not fear - Website for young people about domestic violence.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Survivors Trust - Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. At TST, we believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Refuge - Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run with Women’s Aid), helpline@refuge.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Respect - Runs support services and programmes for people who inflict violence in relationships, including young men and women. Also runs the men's advice line, as above.Helpline: 0808 802 4040 (Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm), info@respectphoneline.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Hide Out - Women's Aid website to help young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • The Forced Marriage Unit - Joint initiative between the Foreign Office and Home Office. It assists actual and potential victims of forced marriage, as well as professionals working in the social, educational and health sectors. Helpline: 020 7008 0151, fmu@fco.gov.uk                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Ashiana Sheffield - Aims to help prevent murder and serious harm to black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee women in England, Wales and Scotland as a result of domestic abuse and forced marriage and 'honor'-based violence. Also supports children and young people. Helpline: 0114 255 5740, info@ashianasheffield.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • GALOP - LGBT+ anti-violence charity. If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Relate - Relate are a counselling service, available nationally and online. We're here to help you make the most of your couple and family relationships, past, present or future. We can help you even if you're not currently in a relationship. Our services include Relationship Counselling for individuals and couples, Family Counselling, Mediation, Children and Young People's Counselling and Sex Therapy. We also provide friendly and informal workshops for people at important stages in their relationships.

 

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PTSD Services: 

  • PTSD UK - PTSD UK is a charity which aims to educate and raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; it's causes, symptoms and the treatments available, to help everyone experiencing PTSD.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Warriors Journey - This service focuses on helping people who are ex-forces with their ptsd. The vision of The Warrior’s Journey is that warriors and their families will live in wholeness and be equipped to navigate the issues of life.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • InsightInsight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country. We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.

 

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Drug/Alcohol Abuse Services

  • Drinkline - Is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Narcotics Anonymous - A non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. The only requirement for membership is to stop using.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Al-Anon Family Groups - Offer support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Talk to Frank - Support line for anyone with questions/concerns surrounding drugs.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Addaction - A UK-wide treatment agency that helps individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Adfam - A national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam operates an online message board and database of local support groups.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) - Provides a free, confidential telephone and email helpline for children of alcohol-dependent parents and others concerned with their welfare. Call 0800 358 3456 for the Nacoa helpline.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • SMART Recovery - Groups help participants decide whether they have a problem, build up their motivation to change and offer a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Recover Your Life - One of the biggest and best Self Harm Support Communities on the Internet, offers help on a variety of topics surrounding self harm, including self injury, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse and bullying, as well as drugs and alcohol and first aid.

 

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Pregnancy Services: 

  • Tommy's - An organisation that provides accredited midwife-led pregnancy health information for parents-to-be, and funds research into the causes of pregnancy loss.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • PANDAS - Pre And Post Natal Depression Advice and Support (PANDAS) help support and advise any parent who is experiencing a perinatal mental illness. They also inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • SANDS - Sands exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying.

 

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Social Isolation Services:

  • Citizens Advice Bureau - Citizens Advice Bureau provides free and confidential advice to everyone. CAB take the time to listen to you and equip you with the information, options and support that fit your needs.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Asylum Aid - Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity working to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK from persecution and human rights abuses abroad. We provide free legal advice and representation to the most vulnerable and excluded asylum seekers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Workroutes - Work routes helps unemployed people find and sustain employment. The free service enables jobseekers to improve their skills and employability and create a personal plan to find the right job for them.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MIND – Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Richmond Fellowship - Our mission is to make recovery a reality. We work towards a society that values everyone with mental health problems.

 

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Anxiety, Depression and Stress Services:

  • MIND – Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Big White Wall - An online support and recovery service for people aged 16 and over who are stressed, anxious, low or not coping. Big White Wall enables members to support and help each other and share what’s troubling them in a safe and anonymous environment. There is also guidance from trained professionals, who are online 24/7. There is a charge for this service.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Bipolar UK - Are the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Their work includes youth support groups.                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Samaritans - Provide a safe place for you to talk. They will listen and try to understand what you’re going through and help you make your own decisions that are right for you. You can get in contact with them via telephone (116 123 [free 24 hour helpline]), email, letter or face-to- face.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Anxiety UK - Established to promote the relief and rehabilitation of persons suffering from agoraphobia and associated anxiety disorders, phobias and conditions, in particular, but not exclusively, by raising awareness in such topics.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • No Panic - No Panic is a registered charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillizers.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Richmond Fellowship - Our mission is to make recovery a reality. We work towards a society that values everyone with mental health problems.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Rethink - We provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. When mental illness first hits you or your family, it can be hard to know who or what to trust. We give people clear, relevant information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • SANE - SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through our helpline and our online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists - The College aims to improve the outcomes of people with mental illness, and the mental health of individuals, their families and communities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • InsightInsight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country. We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Sheffield Flourish - Rooted in Sheffield and owned by the community, Sheffield Flourish aim to involve people who live with mental health conditions in everything we do. We help people to share their stories by publishing them on our website. We offer a wide range of activities suitable for people living with mental health conditions. We organise fun and interesting monthly community events based on different themes. We even help people to realise their enterprising ideas.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Living Life To The Full - Living Life to the Full teaches a range of life skills that are based on the tried and trusted CBT approach, to aim to improve wellbeing and resilience as you go through the journey of life. However you’re feeling, Living Life to the Full aims to help provide useful information and resources that can act as tools to use on your own life journey. Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Our courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives.

 

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Disability Services:

  • National Autism Society - NAS are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

 

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Young People Services:

  • Keep Your Head For Young People and Children - This website is a central point for information on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This site signposts you to important online information and local services on mental health and wellbeing for young people. It’s for children, young people, parents, carers, teachers and other professionals.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Young MindsA fantastic resource that has sections for young people, parents and professionals. There is lots of information on all aspects of young people's mental health. There is also confidential online and telephone support (0808 8025544), including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. The helpline is open 9am-4:30pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • MIND – Mind is a mental health charity that offers lots of helpful advice and services for all Mental Health Challenges.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Blue Smile - Blue Smile is a new Cambridgeshire children’s charity that provides counselling and therapy for pupils in schools between the ages of 3 and 13 during a critical window of opportunity for change. We provide the kind of specialist support in schools which gives a vulnerable child the expert and consistent care they need. We call on highly trained paid and voluntary professionals to do this work and use school premises free of charge, so it is both a highly skilled and cost-effective intervention.                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Relate - Relate are a counselling service, available nationally and online. We're here to help you make the most of your couple and family relationships, past, present or future. We can help you even if you're not currently in a relationship. Our services include Relationship Counselling for individuals and couples, Family Counselling, Mediation, Children and Young People's Counselling and Sex Therapy. We also provide friendly and informal workshops for people at important stages in their relationships.

 

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LGBTQ Services:

  • Turn2Me - This is a website that helps people get help, lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • EmptyClosets - Empty Closets is a place where you can figure out who you are, surrounded by other people just like you. Whether you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, curious, unsure or a friend of someone who is, Empty Closets will help you find the answer. We welcome new members of all ages from 13 upwards.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • GALOP - LGBT+ anti-violence charity. If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • MIND - Work with LGBTQ+ communities, has personal experiences of LGBTQ+ people with lived experience of mental health issues, and have a Mindline Trans+ helpline.

 

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Carer Support Services:

  • Carers Direct Helpline  - If you are a carer, the helpline advisers can give you information to help make decisions about your personal support needs and the needs of the person you're looking after. This information includes assessments, benefits, direct payments, individual budgets, time off and maintaining, leaving or going back to work or education. The Carers Direct helpline doesn't however; provide personal financial, medical or legal advice and doesn't provide casework, advocacy, representation or counselling.                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Carers Trust - We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Rethink Mental IllnessRethink Mental Illness was established by carers over 40 years ago and carers continue to play a key role at every level within our organisation. Supporting carers and giving them and those they care for a voice in every aspect of mental health provision is a key aim for us.

 

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Self Help Services: 

  • Books on Prescription - Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.
  • Mood Boosting Books - Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.
  • Get Self-Help - Provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy self-help and resources.                                                                                                               
  • Living Life To The Full - Living Life to the Full teaches a range of life skills that are based on the tried and trusted CBT approach, to aim to improve wellbeing and resilience as you go through the journey of life. However you’re feeling, Living Life to the Full aims to help provide useful information and resources that can act as tools to use on your own life journey. Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Our courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives.
  • Mood Gym - moodgym is an interactive program designed to help you: moodgym is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy which have been shown to be successful in preventing and treating depression and anxiety. Identify whether you are having problems with emotions like anxiety and depression and learn skills that can help you cope with these emotions.

 

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Other Services:

  • NHS Choices and One You - Offers a range of support and advice on a range of issues from the NHS. 

CARER SUPPORT

06 November 2017

What are care and support services?

Care and support services, also known as social care services, help people who are in need of practical support due to illness, disability, old age or a low income. 

Care and support services could include having a personal assistant to help you around the home, structural changes to help you move around or manage in your house, or even an alarm system so that you can call for help if you have a fall.

Social care services are available to everyone, regardless of their background.

However, social care is subject to rules about your needs and ability. Services can also support the families or carers of people who receive social care.

If you are looking after an ill, disabled or frail elderly relative or friend, you should recognise yourself as a carer. Carers can get a range of support from social care, and can be vital for helping arrange social care support for the person they care for. There are charities that support particular groups of carers, including sibling carers and young carers.

If you want to talk to someone about how to get support as a carer, you can call the Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053.

What benefits can carers get?

Knowing what benefits you and the person you care for are entitled to can make a real difference.

For example, you might be able to get a break from caring, or get help with pay for certain costs, or make a difference to your pension entitlements in the future.

There are three main types of benefits:

  • Benefits if you're not in paid employment – "earnings replacement benefits".
  • Benefits that help pay for extra costs, such as those relating to disability or having a child.
  • Benefits and tax credits that top up low income if you're in work – "means-tested benefits"

Carer's Allowance, an earnings replacement benefit, is the main benefit for carers. You may be eligible if you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more.

For more information on what benefits you can get as a carer click the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support/benefits-for-carers/

Services you can get in contact with for support:

If you are a carer, the helpline advisers can give you information to help make decisions about your personal support needs and the needs of the person you're looking after.

This information includes assessments, benefits, direct payments, individual budgets, time off and maintaining, leaving or going back to work or education. The Carers Direct helpline doesn't however; provide personal financial, medical or legal advice and doesn't provide casework, advocacy, representation or counselling.

We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives.

Rethink Mental Illness was established by carers over 40 years ago and carers continue to play a key role at every level within our organisation. Supporting carers and giving them and those they care for a voice in every aspect of mental health provision is a key aim for us.

We provide services in the heart of local communities, in the comfort of people’s own homes, and specialist care and support services. Our professional, caring employees and volunteers deliver our services with dignity, respect and compassion, focusing on outcomes that help the people we support have the freedom to enjoy an everyday life.

Helping Cambridgeshire parents who have children with additional needs and disabilities. Pinpoint Cambridgeshire is run for parents – by parents. We give help and information to parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities, and give parent carers opportunities to have a say and get involved in improving local services.

Young people in caring roles who would like advice or support can contact one of the following agencies:

  • Centre 33 – Young Carers Project Cambridge City

Centre 33 offers support to Young Carers across Cambridgeshire for information and referrals please visit Centre 33 or contact: Kate Rees  Tel: 01223 307488  E-mail: youngcarers@centre33.org.uk

  • Ormiston Trust Young Carers Project Fenland

Tel: 01945 463337  E-mail: joy.stoner@ormiston.org  please visit Ormiston Trust

  • Cambridgeshire County Council Young Carer support

Please visit the Young Carers page on the County Council website for the most up to date information

For a Young Carers Needs Assessment email youngcarers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk