Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Adults Mental Health Support

All About Mental Health

All about mental health challenges

Find out more information on different mental health challenges and challenges that some people may have in combination with mental health challenges with the links below:

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Anxiety

Alzheimer's

Alcohol Misuse

Autism


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Bereavement


C


Carers


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Depression

Dementia

Domestic Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Misuse


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Eating Disorders

Emergency Service Staff


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Insomnia


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Learning Disabilities

Long Term Conditions


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Memory Problems


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OCD


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Personality Disorders

Physical Activity

Phobias

Pregnancy

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


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Retirement


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Schizophrenia

Self-harm

Sexual Abuse/Violence

Sleep

Social Isolation

Stress

Suicide


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Victims and Witnesses

Self-Help

Self-Help

Looking After Your Wellbeing +

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:

better health logo Better Health NHS - Whether it’s getting more active, quitting smoking or reducing how much alcohol you drink this website can help!  


HAY logo
How Are You Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - is a website that brings together everything in the local Peterborough community that is good for mental wellbeing. It includes activities from yoga to singing, sports clubs to arts groups, places to talk or get a cup of tea, plus information about local professional mental health support.


Lets Get Moving Cambridgeshire Logo
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 opportunitiesdeveloping new opportunities, and supporting individuals that require support to achieve their goals.


*Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Apps +

Technology is becoming more and more prominent in everyday life, and it can be a great resource when we need a little bit of support. So here we've made a list of some great apps for your wellbeing and mental health:

Headspace logo Headspace. (Anxiety, Meditation, Sleep, Focus, Mindfulness) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Dare: Anxiety and Panic Attack Relief. (Anxiety, Panic Attacks) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Calm | Investment | Insight Partners Calm. (Meditation, Sleep, Stress, Mindfulness, Focus, Relationships) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Reasons2. (Community, Wellbeing) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Icon image  Catch It. (Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Wellbeing, Confusion) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Icon image  Calm Harm. (Self-Harm) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Icon image Stay Alive. (Suicide Prevention) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



SAM Self-Help For Anxiety Management. (Anxiety) Google play badge



icon  Fear Tools - Anxiety Kit. (Anxiety) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Icon image  Couch to 5K. (Healthy Lifestyle, Wellbeing) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



better health logo Smart Recipes. (Healthy Lifestyle, Wellbeing) Google play badge



Icon image Recovery Record. (Eating Disorder) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Icon image MindShift. (Anxiety, Fear) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Icon image  Hub of Hope. (Mental Health Directory) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Icon image My House Of Memories. (Dementia & Memory based) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



Icon image MeetUp. (Social) App Store badgeGoogle play badge



 *Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

Books and Online Support +

Books:

Reading Well

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.



shelf help logo Shelf-Help is a global book club and community dedicated to self-help and self-development, the Shelf Help mission is to connect as many people as possible with books, ideas and experts that will inspire them to look at themselves in a different, more positive way. And then to connect these people with each other, through online and offline meetups and author events.


 

Online:

NHS inform | NHS 24

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



Branding – People's History of the NHS You can view and download self-help leaflets by the NHS for a range of mental health challenges here.


HAY logo How Are You Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - is a website that brings together everything in the local Peterborough community that is good for mental wellbeing. It includes activities from yoga to singing, sports clubs to arts groups, places to talk or get a cup of tea, plus information about local professional mental health support.


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


This Way Up | One Mind PsyberGuide MoodGym is a CBT based resource for anxiety and depression tailored for 16-25 year olds.


If you need to isolate, here is a list of resources to prevent boredom/ existential angst:

The Silver Line. Helpline for older people. The Silver Line is a telephone befriending service for the elderly.


Living Life to the Full LLTTF is an online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) site.


Young Minds - Local Offer Young Minds is a children and adolescent mental health support resource


Headspace logo Headspace is for meditation/ relaxation and sleep resources


MIND logo MIND has wellbeing advice


Cruse Bereavement Support Cruse has bereavement counselling


Samaritans - Local Offer Samaritans hear to listen 


CPFT logo CPFT have lots of self-help videos available on their YouTube.


Coursera Vector Logo | Free Download - (.SVG + .PNG) format -  SeekVectorLogo.Com Course RA is an online resource for skills building


Youtube Logo Vector Art, Icons, and Graphics for Free Download Youtube has complete online free music concerts


StageIt | Live Performances | A front row seat to a backstage experience.™ Stage It has online theatre productions


Drama Online Logo Drama Online Library has online plays and theatrical performances


Duolingo logo and symbol, meaning, history, PNG Duolingo is a free website for learning languages which can be very useful if you're looking to learn a new language.  Also comes in a phone app which is very good


logo Wikisource Free old novels and short story collections can be found on Project Gutenberg and Wikisource:
https://www.gutenberg.org/
https://wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page


Our Brands: Travel + Leisure Group — Travel + Leisure Co. Virtual museum tours


Get Self-HelpProvides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy self-help and resources.


*Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

Crisis

Who Can Help

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 select option 2 when prompted for Mental Health service 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.

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 click here. 

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 the What Services Can Support Me 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 Mental Health Handbook. 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

*Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

Information About Suicide +

Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone and there are some people who give no indication at all of their intention. However, there are warning signs that we can all look out for. These include if a person is:

  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.
  • Actively looking for ways to kill themselves.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Increasing their use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Suddenly very much ‘recovered’ after a period of depression.
  • Visiting or calling people unexpectedly to say goodbye either directly or indirectly.
  • Making arrangements; setting their affairs in order.
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.

The STOP Suicide website has lots of information on what to do if you are worried about someone or you need help yourself.

You can also visit the Zero Suicide Alliance website and complete a 20 minute suicide prevention course which can give you some extremely helpful information on how you can talk to someone who may be feeling suicidal along with some helpful resources.

There is also lots of support for people who are struggling with bereavement through suicide. Below are lots of services, helplines, groups and books that offer lots of help and advice:

Helplines +

  • CPFT1st Response Service - Call 111 and select option 2 - Supports people experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental health care, advice, support and treatment. (24-hour access, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)

  • Lifeline - 0808 808 2121 (freephone) - Free, confidential and anonymous telephone; provides listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or for people who are supporting someone in distress. (11am – 11.00pm, 365 days of the year)

  • Samaritans - 116 123 (freephone) - Offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. (10:30am - 10:00pm)

  • Winston’s Wish - 08088 020 021 (freephone) - For children. Giving hope to grieving children. With the right support at the right time, a child can face the future with confidence and hope. (Mon – Fri 9am -5pm, except bank holidays)

  • Childline - 0800 1111 (freephone) - For children and young people in the UK. You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small.  However you choose to contact us, you're in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to. The number won't show up on your phone bill. (24 hours a day, everyday)

  • Papyrus HOPE Line UK - 0800 068 41 41 (freephone) - For children, teenagers and young people up to 35. National Confidential Helpline.  If you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide. (Mon-Fri 10am - 10pm, Weekends: 2pm - 10pm, Bank Holidays: 2pm - 5pm)

  • CALM - Nationwide 0800 58 58 58, London 0808 802 5858 (freephone) - For men. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. (5pm – Midnight, 365 Days per year)

  • Support Line - 01708 765200 - For everyone. Provides emotional support and details of support groups, helplines, agencies and counsellors throughout the UK.

  • Cruse National Helpline - 0808 808 1677‚Äč (freephone) - Staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement.  To help you talk things through, or signpost you to your local Cruse service and other sources of information. (Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays) Tues, Wed &Thursday 9.30am – 8pm)

  • Maytree - 020 7263 7070 - A sanctuary, supporting people in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting. Free 4-night/5-day stay, and the opportunity to be befriended and heard in complete confidence, without judgement and with compassion. (24 hours a day, 365 days a year.)

Local Groups +

  • Lifecraft - Suicide Bereavement Support Service. Contact point for family and friends for support and information on bereavement by suicide. Email: Sumita@lifecraft.org.uk, 10 – 5pm Monday to Friday, call: 01223 566 957

  • Mind Cambridgeshire & Peterborough - A range of services to support those recovering from mental health challenges. Email: enquiries@cpslmind.org.uk, Cambridge: 01223 311 320, Peterborough: 01733 362 990, St Neots: 01480 470 480

  • Cruse - Bereavement care with a helpline to talk to someone about bereavement. Email: cambridge@cruse.org.uk, 9.30am - 1.30pm Monday to Friday, call: 01223 633 536
  • NHS Cambridge & Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) - Suicide bereavement support group. Warm welcome assured, contact Jane Pope (07973 883 511) or Mary Hanna (07887 655 713). Email: chaplaincyteam@cpft.hns.uk6pm – 7.30 Monday monthly in Peterborough, call: 01733 776 080

  • Compassionate Friends - Support group for parents bereaved through suicide. Email Rosemary Wilson at: p.wilson34@ntlworld.com, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Cambridge 1st Tues of each month

Websites +

  • Hub of Hope - A place to go to for those who are struggling, to locate the nearest service available to you, as well as national organisations. A web based app makes it as easy as possible for people to find help and support around them.  Simply enter the post code and search.
  • Support After Suicide - For everyone. We are a network of organisations who support people who are affected by suicide.

  • If U Care Share - IUCSF offers the opportunity to speak to other people who have life experience around suicide. We offer 1 to 1 practical and emotional support. We are also available to offer practical advice on the procedures that take place when there is a death by suicide. Helpline: 0191 387 5661

  • Bereavement UK - We aim to provide you with bereavement support and information when you need it the site is available at your fingertips.

  • Students Against Depression - Students Against Depression provides you with the resources you need to find a way forward from stress, low mood, depression or suicidal thinking.

  • The Way Foundation - For men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves.

  • NHS Choices - For everyone.  It may be difficult at this time, but it's important to know you're not beyond help and you're not alone.  Many people who've had suicidal thoughts have found with support and treatment they have been able to allow the negative feelings to pass.

  • CHUMS - CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People provides therapeutic support in a variety of ways.

  • Alliance of Hope - For Suicide Loss Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.

  • Keep Your Head - Keep Your Head brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

Books and Literature +

  • Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort by Adele Ryan McDowell, Whiteflower Press
  • Healing After the Suicide of a Love One by Ann Smolin, Simon & Schuster
  • Healing After the Suicide of a Relative by Ann Smolin, Simon & Schuster
  • A Special Scar: The Experiences Of People Bereaved By Suicide by Alison Wertheimer, Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • No Time to Say Goodbye by Carla Fine, Bantam Doubleday Dell 
  • Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide by Cobain & Larch, Simon & Schuster
  • Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort by Edwin S Shneidman, Oxford University Press
  • Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide by Lukas & Seidon, Jessica Kingsley
  • Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss by Myers & Fine, Jessica Kingsley

General Grief Books and Literature

  • Death and how to survive it. A practical and uplifting guide to coming to terms with the loss of your partner. by Boydell,K (2005), London Vermilion
  • Widow to Widow. Thoughtful, Practical ideas for Rebuilding Your life by Ginsburg, GD (1997), Tuscon AZ: Fisher Books
  • Overcoming Grief: Joining and Participating in a Bereavement Support Group by Munday J S (2005), Skokie IL : ACTA Publications
  • I  Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye by Noel & Blair PA (2008), Naperville IL Sourcebooks
  • My True Son An anthology by Hartley Jill (2008), Morleys Print and Publishing
  • Aspects of Loss. A companion for Bereaved Parents and their families by Hartley Gill. ( 2011), Morleys Print and Publishing

*Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

What Services Can Support Me?

Support Services

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Local Support +

National Support +

Carer Support +

Services you can get in contact with for support +

CPFT logo

CPFT Eating Disorders Online Carers Support Group - When the country went into lockdown, CPFT arranged to replace the monthly Eating Disorder Carers Support Group with a weekly online meeting to provide support and advice. You can read their previous summaries here : Book 1, Book 2, Book 3 and Book 4.

CPFT Carers Support - The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has information and support for carers and young carers which you can view here.



Family Voice - We are a local registered charity in Peterborough who are actively seeking to improve services in all areas of the lives of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs. We are here for Parents and Carers of children and young people aged 0—25 years with a disability or additional needs.

We aim to work together with professionals and parents so that the services for our children and young people meet their needs. Putting parent carers and their children at the centre and helping them to be heard.



Carers UK - Caring Together Carers UK Helpline - Call 0800 808 7777, Helpline open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.


Carers trust logo 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 logo Rethink Mental Illness and Rethink Carers Support - 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. Rethink provides a range of services nationally for carers and those they care for. Its website provides a lot of information and advice on every aspect of being a carer. Its advice line on 0300 5000 927 is open Mondays to Fridays from 9.30am – 1.00pm. For more information about what Rethink offer, please click here.


Making space logo Making Space - 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. View the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough leaflet here.


Pinpoint PinPoint - 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.


Caring Together logo Caring Together - Caring Together provide information and advice, run services in local communities and campaign so that carers have choices. If you look after a family member or friend find out more by calling them on 0345 241 0954, emailing hello@caringtogether.org or visiting caringtogether.org


If you are caring for someone with OCD:

Group image Cambridge OCD Support Group - This group is open to people with OCD and their family, carers, and friends.The group meets on the first Monday of every month from 7pm-8.30pm. Bath house Mill Rd. For more information please contact: ocdcambridge@gmail.com or call 0303 040 1112 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).


Logo The OCD Action website has a dedicated page for carers


OCD UK logo OCD UK has a dedicated section for Families


CPSL Mind logo The Mind website has good practical advice


The International OCD Foundation also has good advice


File:National Health Service (England) logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons The NHS website has some information for people with OCD


Books Illustration

Two books that cover topics helpful to a caregiver.

  • When a Family Member Has OCD: Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to Help Families Affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jon Hershfield, 2016
  • Loving Someone with OCD: Help for You and Your Family by Karen J Landsman, 2005


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

Centre 33 logo 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 | LinkedIn Ormiston Trust Young Carers Project Fenland - Tel: 01945 463337  E-mail: joy.stoner@ormiston.org  please visit Ormiston Trust


Cambridgeshire County Council - Inspiring Governance 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


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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/

*Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

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Helplines +

We know that it's not always possible to get to services that are available to help you with your mental health challenges, and sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Here a list of helplines and the times they are open to have a chat.

All Mental Health Support Lines+

  • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
  • Lifeline - Call everyday 11am-11pm for listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress - 0808 808 2121
  • Mind Infoline: Call or text for help with all mental health challenges, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm - 0300 123 3393
  • SANE: Call everyday for emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental challenges, their families and carers, 4.40-10.30pm - 0300 304 7000
  • CALM: Call for help and support with mental health challenges, everyday, 365 days a year, 5pm-midnight  - 0800 58 58 58
  • Shout: Text shout for support with a mental health crisis and other mental health challenges, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - 85258
  • The Kaleidoscope+ Group: The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have partnered up with Shout, a charity in Solihull, to provide a 24/7 crisis text messaging service. Text TeamKPG to 85258 for 24/7 support.

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Crisis Support Lines+

  • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
  • First Response Service: Call NHS 111 Option 2 if you're in crisis.

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Suicide Support Lines+

  • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
  • First Response Service: Call NHS 111 Option 2 if you're in crisis.
  • PAPYRUS HOPEline UK: (young suicide prevention society) Call Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm - 0800 068 4141

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Anxiety Support Lines+

  • Anxiety UK: Call for help with anxiety challenges, available Mon-Fri between 9.30am-5.30pm - 03444 775 774 
  • No Panic: Call everyday for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD, 10am-10pm (charge 5p a minute + your access charge) - 0300 772 9844
  • No Panic Youth: (For 13-20 year olds) Call Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 3pm-6pm; Thurs and Sat 6pm-8pm for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD - 0330 606 1174

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Depression Support Lines+

  • Gypsy/Traveller Depression Suicidal helpline: Call, Text or WhatsApp - 0739365135

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Eating Disorder Support Lines+

  • Beat (Adults): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0677
  • Beat (Student Line): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0811
  • Beat (Under 18's): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0711

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Addiction Support Lines+

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Call 24hrs a day - 0800 9177 650
  • Narcotics Anonymous: Call daily until midnight - 0300 999 1212
  • Port Of Call (paid service with a free advice line): Call for free, available all hours for advice - 0808 291 1643
  • Cocaine Anonymous: Call 7 days a week between 10am-10pm, freephone - 0800 612 0225
  • Drinkline - National alcohol helpline, Call weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends 11am-4pm - 0300 123 1110
  • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) - Free confidential email and telephone helpline for children of alcohol dependent parents - 0800 358 3456 helpline@Nacoa.org.uk
  • Talk to Frank: Call 24 hours a day, offers encouragement and support to anyone struggling with such issues - 0300 123 6600

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OCD Support Lines+

  • OCD Action: Call for support for living with OCD, Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm - 0845 390 6232 or 020 7253 2664
  • OCD UK: Call for support for living with OCD, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0845 120 3778
  • No Panic: Call everyday for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD, 10am-10pm (charge 5p a minute + your access charge) - 0844 967 4848
  • No Panic Youth: (For 13-20 year olds) Call Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 3pm-6pm; Thurs and Sat 6pm-8pm for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD - 0330 606 1174

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LGBTQIA+ Support Lines+

  • Switchboard LGBT+: Call everyday 10am-10pm or chat online here0300 330 0630

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Carers Support Lines+

  • Lifeline - Call everyday 11am-11pm for listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress - 0808 808 2121
  • SANE: Call everyday for emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental challenges, their families and carers, 4.40-10.30pm - 0300 304 7000
  • NSPCC for Adults concerned about a child: Call 24hrs a day - 0808 800 5000
  • Mencap: Call for support for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm - 0808 808 1111
  • #TextUs: Confidential text messaging service for parents & carers that offers support/advice on a wide range of issues. If you need help simply TEXT US 0752 064 9887

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Support Lines for Men+

  • Men's Health Forum: Call or text for support for men, 24hrs a day - 020 7922 7908
  • Respect: Men's advice line for male victims of domestic abuse, Talk it over. Freephone 08088 010 327

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Support Lines for Women+

  • Muslim Women's Network: Call or text for support for Muslim women, 24hrs a day call - 0800 999 5786 or text - 07415 206 936

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Sexual Abuse Support Lines+

  • Rape Crisis: (to find your local services) Call daily 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm - 0808 802 9999
  • Victim Support: 365 days a year - 0808 1689 111

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Domestic Abuse Support Lines+

  •  Refuge: Call for advice on dealing with domestic abuse, 24hrs a day - 0808 2000 247

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Support Lines for Victims+

  • Victim Support: Call Mon-Fri 8pm-8am and weekends Sat-Mon 5pm-8am - 0808 168 9111

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Dementia Support Lines+

  • Alzheimer's Society: Call for advice and information on dementia, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, weekends 10am-4pm - 0300 222 1122

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Personality Disorder Support Lines+

  • Bipolar UK: Call for advice and support about bipolar - 0333 323 3880

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Support Lines for Young People+

  • PAPYRUS HOPEline UK: (young suicide prevention society) Call Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm - 0800 068 4141 
  • YoungMinds: Call for information and advice on child and adolescent mental health, Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm - 0808 802 5544
  • NSPCC Childline: Call 24hrs a day - 0800 1111
  • NSPCC for Adults concerned about a child: Call 24hrs a day - 0808 800 5000
  • Family Lives: Call for advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying, Mon-Fri 9am-9pm and Sat-Sun 10am-3pm - 0808 800 2222
  • YoungMinds Parents: Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25, Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm - 0808 802 5544
  • #TextUs: Confidential text messaging service for parents & carers that offers support/advice on a wide range of issues. If you need help simply TEXT US 0752 064 9887

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Support Lines for Emergency Services Staff+

  • Mind Blue Light Infoline: Call or text (text on 84999) for support for emergency services staff, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm - 0300 303 5999

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Bereavement Support Lines+

  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Call Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0844 477 9400

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Disability Support Lines+

  • Mencap: Call for support for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0808 808 1111

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*Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

Local Support

There are several services who are out there to support you, below are some of the different types of support available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:

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Anxiety

Alzheimer's

Alcohol Misuse


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Bereavement


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Depression

Dementia

Disabilities

Domestic Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Misuse


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Eating Disorders

Emergency Service Staff

Employment


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Housing


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LGBTQIA+


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Money


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OCD

Older Adults


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Personality Disorders

Physical Activity

Pregnancy

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Self-harm

Sexual Abuse/Violence

Sleep

Social Isolation

Stress

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Veterans

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National Support

There are several national support services who can help you, find out more about them below:

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A  B  C  D  E  L  O  P  S  V  Y

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Anxiety

Alzheimer's

Alcohol Misuse


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Bereavement


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Carers


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D


Depression

Dementia

Disabilities

Domestic Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Misuse


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Eating Disorders


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LGBTQIA+


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OCD

Older Adults


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Pregnancy

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Self-harm

Self-help

Sexual Abuse/Violence

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Stress

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Veterans


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Young People


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Carers Support

Services you can get in contact with for support +

CPFT logo

CPFT Eating Disorders Online Carers Support Group - When the country went into lockdown, CPFT arranged to replace the monthly Eating Disorder Carers Support Group with a weekly online meeting to provide support and advice. You can read their previous summaries here : Book 1, Book 2, Book 3 and Book 4.

CPFT Carers SupportThe Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has information and support for carers and young carers which you can view here.



Family VoiceWe are a local registered charity in Peterborough who are actively seeking to improve services in all areas of the lives of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs. We are here for Parents and Carers of children and young people aged 0—25 years with a disability or additional needs.

We aim to work together with professionals and parents so that the services for our children and young people meet their needs. Putting parent carers and their children at the centre and helping them to be heard.



Carers UK - Caring Together Carers UK Helpline - Call 0800 808 7777, Helpline open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.


Carers trust logo 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 logo Rethink Mental Illness and Rethink Carers Support - 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. Rethink provides a range of services nationally for carers and those they care for. Its website provides a lot of information and advice on every aspect of being a carer. Its advice line on 0300 5000 927 is open Mondays to Fridays from 9.30am – 1.00pm. For more information about what Rethink offer, please click here.


Making space logo Making Space - 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. View the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough leaflet here.


Pinpoint PinPoint - 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.


Caring Together logo Caring Together - Caring Together provide information and advice, run services in local communities and campaign so that carers have choices. If you look after a family member or friend find out more by calling them on 0345 241 0954, emailing hello@caringtogether.org or visiting caringtogether.org


If you are caring for someone with OCD:

Group image Cambridge OCD Support Group - This group is open to people with OCD and their family, carers, and friends.The group meets on the first Monday of every month from 7pm-8.30pm. Bath house Mill Rd. For more information please contact: ocdcambridge@gmail.com or call 0303 040 1112 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm).


Logo The OCD Action website has a dedicated page for carers


OCD UK logo OCD UK has a dedicated section for Families


CPSL Mind logo The Mind website has good practical advice


The International OCD Foundation also has good advice


File:National Health Service (England) logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons The NHS website has some information for people with OCD


Books Illustration

Two books that cover topics helpful to a caregiver.

  • When a Family Member Has OCD: Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to Help Families Affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jon Hershfield, 2016
  • Loving Someone with OCD: Help for You and Your Family by Karen J Landsman, 2005


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

Centre 33 logo 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 | LinkedIn Ormiston Trust Young Carers Project Fenland - Tel: 01945 463337  E-mail: joy.stoner@ormiston.org  please visit Ormiston Trust


Cambridgeshire County Council - Inspiring Governance 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


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/

*Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

Helplines

We know that it's not always possible to get to services that are available to help you with your mental health challenges, and sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Here a list of helplines and the times they are open to have a chat.

General Mental Health Support Lines+

  • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
  • Lifeline - Call everyday 11am-11pm for listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress - 0808 808 2121
  • Mind Infoline: Call or text for help with all mental health challenges, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm - 0300 123 3393
  • SANE: Call everyday for emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental challenges, their families and carers, 4.40-10.30pm - 0300 304 7000
  • CALM: Call for help and support with mental health challenges, everyday, 365 days a year, 5pm-midnight  - 0800 58 58 58
  • Shout: Text shout for support with a mental health crisis and other mental health challenges, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - 85258
  • The Kaleidoscope+ Group: The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have partnered up with Shout, a charity in Solihull, to provide a 24/7 crisis text messaging service. Text TeamKPG to 85258 for 24/7 support.

Addiction Support Lines+

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Call 24hrs a day - 0800 9177 650
  • Narcotics Anonymous: Call daily until midnight - 0300 999 1212
  • Port Of Call (paid service with a free advice line): Call for free, available all hours for advice - 0808 291 1643
  • Cocaine Anonymous: Call 7 days a week between 10am-10pm, freephone - 0800 612 0225
  • Drinkline - National alcohol helpline, Call weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends 11am-4pm - 0300 123 1110
  • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) - Free confidential email and telephone helpline for children of alcohol dependent parents - 0800 358 3456 helpline@Nacoa.org.uk
  • Talk to Frank: Call 24 hours a day, offers encouragement and support to anyone struggling with such issues - 0300 123 6600

Anxiety Support Lines+

  • Anxiety UK: Call for help with anxiety challenges, available Mon-Fri between 9.30am-5.30pm - 03444 775 774 
  • No Panic: Call everyday for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD, 10am-10pm (charge 5p a minute + your access charge) - 0300 772 9844
  • No Panic Youth: (For 13-20 year olds) Call Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 3pm-6pm; Thurs and Sat 6pm-8pm for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD - 0330 606 1174

Bereavement Support Lines+

  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Call Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0844 477 9400

Carers Support Lines+

  • Lifeline - Call everyday 11am-11pm for listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress - 0808 808 2121
  • SANE: Call everyday for emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental challenges, their families and carers, 4.40-10.30pm - 0300 304 7000
  • NSPCC for Adults concerned about a child: Call 24hrs a day - 0808 800 5000
  • Mencap: Call for support for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm - 0808 808 1111
  • #TextUs: Confidential text messaging service for parents & carers that offers support/advice on a wide range of issues. If you need help simply TEXT US 0752 064 9887

Crisis Support Lines+

  • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
  • First Response Service: Call NHS 111 Option 2 if you're in crisis.

Dementia Support Lines+

  • Alzheimer's Society: Call for advice and information on dementia, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, weekends 10am-4pm - 0300 222 1122

Depression Support Lines+

  • Gypsy/Traveller Depression Suicidal helpline: Call, Text or WhatsApp - 0739365135

Domestic Abuse Support Lines+

  •  Refuge: Call for advice on dealing with domestic abuse, 24hrs a day - 0808 2000 247

Disability Support Lines+

  • Mencap: Call for support for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0808 808 1111

Eating Disorder Support Lines+

  • Beat (Adults): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0677
  • Beat (Student Line): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0811
  • Beat (Under 18's): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0711

Emergency Services Staff Support Lines+

  • Mind Blue Light Infoline: Call or text (text on 84999) for support for emergency services staff, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm - 0300 303 5999

LGBTQIA+ Support Lines+

  • Switchboard LGBT+: Call everyday 10am-10pm or chat online here - 0300 330 0630

Support Lines for Men+

  • Men's Health Forum: Call or text for support for men, 24hrs a day - 020 7922 7908
  • Respect: Men's advice line for male victims of domestic abuse, Talk it over. Freephone 08088 010 327

OCD Support Lines+

  • OCD Action: Call for support for living with OCD, Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm - 0845 390 6232 or 020 7253 2664
  • OCD UK: Call for support for living with OCD, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0845 120 3778
  • No Panic: Call everyday for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD, 10am-10pm (charge 5p a minute + your access charge) - 0844 967 4848
  • No Panic Youth: (For 13-20 year olds) Call Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 3pm-6pm; Thurs and Sat 6pm-8pm for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD - 0330 606 1174

Personality Disorder Support Lines+

  • Bipolar UK: Call for advice and support about bipolar - 0333 323 3880

Sexual Abuse Support Lines+

  • Rape Crisis: (to find your local services) Call daily 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm - 0808 802 9999
  • Victim Support: 365 days a year - 0808 1689 111

Suicide Support Lines+

  • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
  • First Response Service: Call NHS 111 Option 2 if you're in crisis.
  • PAPYRUS HOPEline UK: (young suicide prevention society) Call Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm - 0800 068 4141

Support Lines for Victims+

  • Victim Support: Call Mon-Fri 8pm-8am and weekends Sat-Mon 5pm-8am - 0808 168 9111

Support Lines for Women+

  • Muslim Women's Network: Call or text for support for Muslim women, 24hrs a day call - 0800 999 5786 or text - 07415 206 936

    Support Lines for Young People+

    • PAPYRUS HOPEline UK: (young suicide prevention society) Call Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm - 0800 068 4141 
    • YoungMinds: Call for information and advice on child and adolescent mental health, Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm - 0808 802 5544
    • NSPCC Childline: Call 24hrs a day - 0800 1111
    • NSPCC for Adults concerned about a child: Call 24hrs a day - 0808 800 5000
    • Family Lives: Call for advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying, Mon-Fri 9am-9pm and Sat-Sun 10am-3pm - 0808 800 2222
    • YoungMinds Parents: Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25, Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm - 0808 802 5544
    • #TextUs: Confidential text messaging service for parents & carers that offers support/advice on a wide range of issues. If you need help simply TEXT US 0752 064 9887

    *Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

    Covid-19 Resources

    Covid-19 / Coronavirus Resources

    Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), a number of services have had to make changes to how they provide support to people.  If you are currently accessing support from a service they will be in touch or please contact them for up to date information about their services.

    The First Response Service supports people experiencing a mental health crisis so if you need urgent support please call 111 and choose option 2. The First Response Service provides 24-hour access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice, support and treatment.

    You may also find the following resources useful for information and advice on how you can look after yourself and those around you...


    General advice and information:


    Managing mental health and wellbeing:


    Talking to children about Coronavirus and supporting their wellbeing:


    Guidance for Carers:


    Advice around coronavirus and education:

    Helplines

    Helplines

    We know that it's not always possible to get to services that are available to help you with your mental health challenges, and sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Here a list of helplines and the times they are open to have a chat.

    General Mental Health Support Lines+

    • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
    • Lifeline - Call everyday 11am-11pm for listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress - 0808 808 2121
    • Mind Infoline: Call or text for help with all mental health challenges, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm - 0300 123 3393
    • SANE: Call everyday for emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental challenges, their families and carers, 4.40-10.30pm - 0300 304 7000
    • CALM: Call for help and support with mental health challenges, everyday, 365 days a year, 5pm-midnight  - 0800 58 58 58
    • Shout: Text shout for support with a mental health crisis and other mental health challenges, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - 85258
    • The Kaleidoscope+ Group: The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have partnered up with Shout, a charity in Solihull, to provide a 24/7 crisis text messaging service. Text TeamKPG to 85258 for 24/7 support.

    Addiction Support Lines+

    • Alcoholics Anonymous: Call 24hrs a day - 0800 9177 650
    • Narcotics Anonymous: Call daily until midnight - 0300 999 1212
    • Port Of Call (paid service with a free advice line): Call for free, available all hours for advice - 0808 291 1643
    • Cocaine Anonymous: Call 7 days a week between 10am-10pm, freephone - 0800 612 0225
    • Drinkline - National alcohol helpline, Call weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends 11am-4pm - 0300 123 1110
    • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) - Free confidential email and telephone helpline for children of alcohol dependent parents - 0800 358 3456 helpline@Nacoa.org.uk
    • Talk to Frank: Call 24 hours a day, offers encouragement and support to anyone struggling with such issues - 0300 123 6600

    Anxiety Support Lines+

    • Anxiety UK: Call for help with anxiety challenges, available Mon-Fri between 9.30am-5.30pm - 03444 775 774 
    • No Panic: Call everyday for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD, 10am-10pm (charge 5p a minute + your access charge) - 0300 772 9844
    • No Panic Youth: (For 13-20 year olds) Call Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 3pm-6pm; Thurs and Sat 6pm-8pm for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD - 0330 606 1174

    Bereavement Support Lines+

    • Cruse Bereavement Care: Call Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0844 477 9400

    Carers Support Lines+

    • Lifeline - Call everyday 11am-11pm for listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress - 0808 808 2121
    • SANE: Call everyday for emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental challenges, their families and carers, 4.40-10.30pm - 0300 304 7000
    • NSPCC for Adults concerned about a child: Call 24hrs a day - 0808 800 5000
    • Mencap: Call for support for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm - 0808 808 1111
    • #TextUs: Confidential text messaging service for parents & carers that offers support/advice on a wide range of issues. If you need help simply TEXT US 0752 064 9887

    Crisis Support Lines+

    • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
    • First Response Service: Call NHS 111 Option 2 if you're in crisis.

    Dementia Support Lines+

    • Alzheimer's Society: Call for advice and information on dementia, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, weekends 10am-4pm - 0300 222 1122

    Depression Support Lines+

    • Gypsy/Traveller Depression Suicidal helpline: Call, Text or WhatsApp - 0739365135

    Domestic Abuse Support Lines+

    •  Refuge: Call for advice on dealing with domestic abuse, 24hrs a day - 0808 2000 247

    Disability Support Lines+

    • Mencap: Call for support for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0808 808 1111

    Eating Disorder Support Lines+

    • Beat (Adults): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0677
    • Beat (Student Line): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0811
    • Beat (Under 18's): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0711

    Emergency Services Staff Support Lines+

    • Mind Blue Light Infoline: Call or text (text on 84999) for support for emergency services staff, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm - 0300 303 5999

    LGBTQIA+ Support Lines+

    • Switchboard LGBT+: Call everyday 10am-10pm or chat online here - 0300 330 0630

    Support Lines for Men+

    • Men's Health Forum: Call or text for support for men, 24hrs a day - 020 7922 7908
    • Respect: Men's advice line for male victims of domestic abuse, Talk it over. Freephone 08088 010 327

    OCD Support Lines+

    • OCD Action: Call for support for living with OCD, Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm - 0845 390 6232 or 020 7253 2664
    • OCD UK: Call for support for living with OCD, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0845 120 3778
    • No Panic: Call everyday for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD, 10am-10pm (charge 5p a minute + your access charge) - 0844 967 4848
    • No Panic Youth: (For 13-20 year olds) Call Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 3pm-6pm; Thurs and Sat 6pm-8pm for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD - 0330 606 1174

    Personality Disorder Support Lines+

    • Bipolar UK: Call for advice and support about bipolar - 0333 323 3880

    Sexual Abuse Support Lines+

    • Rape Crisis: (to find your local services) Call daily 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm - 0808 802 9999
    • Victim Support: 365 days a year - 0808 1689 111

    Suicide Support Lines+

    • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
    • First Response Service: Call NHS 111 Option 2 if you're in crisis.
    • PAPYRUS HOPEline UK: (young suicide prevention society) Call Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm - 0800 068 4141

    Support Lines for Victims+

    • Victim Support: Call Mon-Fri 8pm-8am and weekends Sat-Mon 5pm-8am - 0808 168 9111

    Support Lines for Women+

    • Muslim Women's Network: Call or text for support for Muslim women, 24hrs a day call - 0800 999 5786 or text - 07415 206 936

    Support Lines for Young People+

    • PAPYRUS HOPEline UK: (young suicide prevention society) Call Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm - 0800 068 4141 
    • YoungMinds: Call for information and advice on child and adolescent mental health, Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm - 0808 802 5544
    • NSPCC Childline: Call 24hrs a day - 0800 1111
    • NSPCC for Adults concerned about a child: Call 24hrs a day - 0808 800 5000
    • Family Lives: Call for advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying, Mon-Fri 9am-9pm and Sat-Sun 10am-3pm - 0808 800 2222
    • YoungMinds Parents: Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25, Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm - 0808 802 5544
    • #TextUs: Confidential text messaging service for parents & carers that offers support/advice on a wide range of issues. If you need help simply TEXT US 0752 064 9887

    *Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

    Support Helplines

    Helplines

    We know that it's not always possible to get to services that are available to help you with your mental health challenges, and sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Here a list of helplines and the times they are open to have a chat.

    General Mental Health Support Lines+

    • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
    • Lifeline - Call everyday 11am-11pm for listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress - 0808 808 2121
    • Mind Infoline: Call or text for help with all mental health challenges, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm - 0300 123 3393
    • SANE: Call everyday for emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental challenges, their families and carers, 4.40-10.30pm - 0300 304 7000
    • CALM: Call for help and support with mental health challenges, everyday, 365 days a year, 5pm-midnight  - 0800 58 58 58
    • Shout: Text shout for support with a mental health crisis and other mental health challenges, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - 85258
    • The Kaleidoscope+ Group: The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have partnered up with Shout, a charity in Solihull, to provide a 24/7 crisis text messaging service. Text TeamKPG to 85258 for 24/7 support.

    Addiction Support Lines+

    • Alcoholics Anonymous: Call 24hrs a day - 0800 9177 650
    • Narcotics Anonymous: Call daily until midnight - 0300 999 1212
    • Port Of Call (paid service with a free advice line): Call for free, available all hours for advice - 0808 291 1643
    • Cocaine Anonymous: Call 7 days a week between 10am-10pm, freephone - 0800 612 0225
    • Drinkline - National alcohol helpline, Call weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends 11am-4pm - 0300 123 1110
    • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) - Free confidential email and telephone helpline for children of alcohol dependent parents - 0800 358 3456 helpline@Nacoa.org.uk
    • Talk to Frank: Call 24 hours a day, offers encouragement and support to anyone struggling with such issues - 0300 123 6600

    Anxiety Support Lines+

    • Anxiety UK: Call for help with anxiety challenges, available Mon-Fri between 9.30am-5.30pm - 03444 775 774 
    • No Panic: Call everyday for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD, 10am-10pm (charge 5p a minute + your access charge) - 0300 772 9844
    • No Panic Youth: (For 13-20 year olds) Call Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 3pm-6pm; Thurs and Sat 6pm-8pm for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD - 0330 606 1174

    Bereavement Support Lines+

    • Cruse Bereavement Care: Call Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0844 477 9400

    Carers Support Lines+

    • Lifeline - Call everyday 11am-11pm for listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone in distress - 0808 808 2121
    • SANE: Call everyday for emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental challenges, their families and carers, 4.40-10.30pm - 0300 304 7000
    • NSPCC for Adults concerned about a child: Call 24hrs a day - 0808 800 5000
    • Mencap: Call for support for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm - 0808 808 1111
    • #TextUs: Confidential text messaging service for parents & carers that offers support/advice on a wide range of issues. If you need help simply TEXT US 0752 064 9887

    Crisis Support Lines+

    • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
    • First Response Service: Call NHS 111 Option 2 if you're in crisis.

    Dementia Support Lines+

    • Alzheimer's Society: Call for advice and information on dementia, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, weekends 10am-4pm - 0300 222 1122

    Depression Support Lines+

    • Gypsy/Traveller Depression Suicidal helpline: Call, Text or WhatsApp - 0739365135

    Domestic Abuse Support Lines+

    •  Refuge: Call for advice on dealing with domestic abuse, 24hrs a day - 0808 2000 247

    Disability Support Lines+

    • Mencap: Call for support for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0808 808 1111

    Eating Disorder Support Lines+

    • Beat (Adults): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0677
    • Beat (Student Line): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0811
    • Beat (Under 18's): Call for eating disorder support - 0808 801 0711

    Emergency Services Staff Support Lines+

    • Mind Blue Light Infoline: Call or text (text on 84999) for support for emergency services staff, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm - 0300 303 5999

    LGBTQIA+ Support Lines+

    • Switchboard LGBT+: Call everyday 10am-10pm or chat online here - 0300 330 0630

    Support Lines for Men+

    • Men's Health Forum: Call or text for support for men, 24hrs a day - 020 7922 7908
    • Respect: Men's advice line for male victims of domestic abuse, Talk it over. Freephone 08088 010 327

    OCD Support Lines+

    • OCD Action: Call for support for living with OCD, Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm - 0845 390 6232 or 020 7253 2664
    • OCD UK: Call for support for living with OCD, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - 0845 120 3778
    • No Panic: Call everyday for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD, 10am-10pm (charge 5p a minute + your access charge) - 0844 967 4848
    • No Panic Youth: (For 13-20 year olds) Call Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 3pm-6pm; Thurs and Sat 6pm-8pm for help and support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD - 0330 606 1174

    Personality Disorder Support Lines+

    • Bipolar UK: Call for advice and support about bipolar - 0333 323 3880

    Sexual Abuse Support Lines+

    • Rape Crisis: (to find your local services) Call daily 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm - 0808 802 9999
    • Victim Support: 365 days a year - 0808 1689 111

    Suicide Support Lines+

    • Samaritans: Call for all mental health and suicidal thoughts, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year - 116 123
    • First Response Service: Call NHS 111 Option 2 if you're in crisis.
    • PAPYRUS HOPEline UK: (young suicide prevention society) Call Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm - 0800 068 4141

    Support Lines for Victims+

    • Victim Support: Call Mon-Fri 8pm-8am and weekends Sat-Mon 5pm-8am - 0808 168 9111

    Support Lines for Women+

    • Muslim Women's Network: Call or text for support for Muslim women, 24hrs a day call - 0800 999 5786 or text - 07415 206 936

    Support Lines for Young People+

    • PAPYRUS HOPEline UK: (young suicide prevention society) Call Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm - 0800 068 4141 
    • YoungMinds: Call for information and advice on child and adolescent mental health, Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm - 0808 802 5544
    • NSPCC Childline: Call 24hrs a day - 0800 1111
    • NSPCC for Adults concerned about a child: Call 24hrs a day - 0808 800 5000
    • Family Lives: Call for advice on all aspects of parenting including dealing with bullying, Mon-Fri 9am-9pm and Sat-Sun 10am-3pm - 0808 800 2222
    • YoungMinds Parents: Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25, Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm - 0808 802 5544
    • #TextUs: Confidential text messaging service for parents & carers that offers support/advice on a wide range of issues. If you need help simply TEXT US 0752 064 9887

    *Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

    News

    News

    2022 +

    New Domestic Abuse Outreach Service from 1 October

    Survivors of domestic abuse across Cambridgeshire will be able to access a new countywide support service from 1 October.

    Following a procurement exercise, Cambridgeshire County Council has commissioned IMPAKT Housing and Support to provide a countywide mobile advocacy/outreach service offering a range of support to victims and survivors.

    The new Domestic Abuse Support Service (DASS) will work in a trauma informed way to understand the needs and wishes of the individual and develop appropriate support and safety plans. DASS will offer support with issues around home security to help survivors remain safely in their own homes where appropriate, accessing benefits and signposting or referral to specialist services such as legal representation, mental health and substance misuse. DASS will also be offering drop-in services in partnership with other specialist services across the county.

    Survivors can self-refer to the confidential service by: Email: DASSreferrals@IMPAKT.org.uk

    A freephone number will be available soon, in the meantime please use 01234 264109

    Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership have information on their website to support victims/survivors, friends and family and professionals www.cambsdasv.org.uk


    Good Life Fund

    The Good Life Fund will open again on the 4th of April offering grants of up to £500 pounds for groups of people in the community to start a group, club, activity or create an event that connects people while learning something new together for positive mental health.

    You can watch our information video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3HrFZfT6l0

    2021 +

     CPSL Mind GoodLife Service

    As part of our Good Life Service, we offer a number of community initiatives aimed at encouraging community connectivity and increasing wellbeing skills.

    These ordinarily take place in cafes and other locations at the heart of our communities. However, we are now bringing these directly to you to participate in from home using Zoom video calls.

    You can sign up to join the virtual sessions detailed below by emailing us at goodlife@cpslmind.org.uk  or calling us on 0300 303 4363.

    We’ll then send you a private link and password which you can use to safely and securely join.

    Virtual Good Mood Cafes

    Good Mood cafes are informal ‘get togethers’ designed to connect individuals to other like-minded people within their communities; offer wellbeing support and share interests and skills.

    We hope to connect people who live in the same district and begin to build a community online that eventually will migrate back into their local Good Mood Cafe and continue to connect in person.

    We’ll have a cuppa and chat and while it’s okay not to be okay, we hope that by joining you’ll feel a bit better than you did before you came:

    Virtual Open Door calm space

    Our Open Door calm spaces offer somewhere to turn if you’re looking for a bit of space and tranquillity.

    These sessions offer guidance on self-help techniques which can help you to ‘ground yourself’ and feel better – both in that moment and in the future.

    Join in, relax and connect with others looking to develop their wellbeing practices:

    Virtual Peer Support Groups

    There are currently spaces available on a number of our Peer Support Groups, which we’re currently hosting online, including our Hearing Voices group, Five Ways to Wellbeing and Personality Disorder groups. 

    Qwell – Online Wellbeing Support

    Adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can now sign up to Qwell – a free online support and wellbeing community – as part of our Good Life Service.

    You can join Qwell immediately and anonymously through any connected device to gain access to the following support:

    Chat based counselling

    Counsellors are available on Qwell between 12pm and 10pm on weekdays and between 6pm and 10pm on weekends. You can either drop in to a chat queue or book a specific time slot for a future date.

    Online peer support

    Qwell’s moderated online forums provide a strong community, offering advice and support.

    You can join to start your own topics or be there for others who are already looking for support.

    Self-help resources

    You have the option of keeping your own, confidential online journal to track your mood.

    There is also the opportunity to set and track your own goals to support your recovery or maintain your wellbeing.

    Visit https://www.qwell.io/ to sign up and login.

    Coming soon

    We are happy to communicate that the following will be offered in the near future:

    • Peer mentor training
    • Anger management workshops
    • The GoodLife fund (this will be an opportunity for individuals to apply for a small grant of money in order to set up your own community group.)
    • Tool kit cafes- a chance to build and create your own recovery and wellbeing toolkit within a group setting.
    • A personality disorder specific support service.

    Good Life Service- Group Programme                                              

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    Personality Disorder

    Support Group – Wisbech

    (11:00am till 12:30pm,

    Fortnightly)

    Good Mood Café – South

    Cambridgeshire

    (10:00am till 11:00am,

    Weekly)

    Good Mood Café – City

    (10:00am till 11:00am,

    Weekly)

     

    Good Mood Café –

    Cambourne(10:00am till

    11:00am, Weekly)Good 

     

    Personality Disorder

    Support Group –

    Peterborough (11:00am till

    12:30pm, Fortnightly)

    Personality Disorder

    Support Group – Cambridge

    (1:00pm till 2:30pm,

    Fortnightly)

     

    Good Mood Café –

    Cambourne

    (10:30am till 11:30am,

    Weekly)

    Personality Disorder

    Support Group – Cambridge

    (11:00am till 12:30pm,

    Fortnightly)

    Fives Ways to Wellbeing

    Support Group – St Neots

    (11:30am till 1:00pm,

    Fortnightly)

    Personality Disorder

    Support Group – Ely

    (11:30am till 1:30pm,

    Fortnightly)

     

    Fives Ways to Wellbeing

    Support Group – Cambridge

    (1:00pm till 2:30pm,

    Fortnightly)

    Personality Disorder

    Support Group –

    Huntingdon (11:00am till

    12:30pm, Fortnightly)

    Hearing Voices Support

    Group – Huntingdon

    (1:00pm till 2:30pm,

    Fortnightly)

    Personality Disorder

    Support Group – St

    Neots(12:30pm till 2:00pm

    Fortnightly)

     

    Fives Ways to Wellbeing

    Support Group – Ely

    (11:30am till 1:00pm,

    Fortnightly)

    Good Mood Café – Huntingdon

    (3:00pm till 4:00pm, Weekly)

     

    Fives Ways to Wellbeing

    Support Group –

    Huntingdon (11:00am till

    12:30pm, Fortnightly) 

    CURRENTLY ON HOLD 

    Open Door Calm Space

    (2:30pm till 3:30pm, Weekly)

     

    Personality Disorder

    Support Group –

    Peterborough (1:30pm till

    3:00pm, Fortnightly)

     

    Good Mood Café – Fenland

    (1:00pm till 2:00pm Weekly)

     

     

    Hearing Voices Support

    Group – Cambridge

    (2:30pm till 3:30pm, Weekly)

     

    Good Mood Café – East

    Cambridgeshire

    (3:00pm till 4:00pm, Weekly)

    Personality Disorder

    Support Group – Sawston

    (2:30pm till 4:00pm,

    Fortnightly)

     

    Hearing Voices Support

    Group – Peterborough

    (1:30pm till 3:0pm,

    Fortnightly)

     

     

     

    Hearing Voices Support Group – Wisbech (2:00pm till 3:30pm, Fortnightly)

    CURRENTLY ON HOLD

    Fives Ways to Wellbeing

    Support Group –

    Peterborough (11:00am till

    12:30pm, Fortnightly)

     

     

     

     Good Mood Café – Peterborough 

    (3:00pm till 4:00pm, Weekly)

    Hearing Voices Evening

    Support Group – Countywide (7pm-8pm)

     

    •  To see more information please visit our website www.cpslmind.org.uk , call us on 0300 303 43 63 or email us at goodlife@cpslmind.org.uk All groups are currently running online via Zoom.

    2020 +

    Now we’re talking - coming together in isolation

    Organisations across the county have joined forces to launch a wellbeing campaign and additional mental health support for people during the coronavirus outbreak.

    ‘Now We’re Talking’, encourages people to get talking to combat loneliness whilst self-isolating, and to seek help if they are struggling with their mental health.

    The campaign, led by the local authority, NHS and third sector also directs people to increased mental health support available including:

    • Lifeline Plus - a mental health and wellbeing helpline for people aged 18 and over living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, is available Monday-Friday between 9am and 2pm via freephone 0808 808 2121. The line will support people to manage their wellbeing, provide self-help advice or signpost to other organisations for particular concerns.

    7 days a week, between 2pm and 11pm the same number is Lifeline, managed by Lifecraft who provide support for those in mental health distress: 0808 808 2121.

    • Qwell - an online wellbeing support, including educational and self-help articles and peer-topeer support via forums. Adults are also able to receive help from qualified counsellors via dropin or scheduled online chat sessions. qwell.io

    • Keep Your Head – this website brings together all the mental health support available across the county - www.keep-your-head.com/now

     

    Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Local people are making a huge contribution by following the government’s instruction to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. But we recognise these measures mean that nearly all of us will have made changes to our daily routines, and many of us may be experiencing uncertainty, anxiety, or stress.

    “Maintaining our mental health and wellbeing is incredibly important, especially at times like this. So taking time to call a friend or family member, and talking about the way that we feel, and some of the things that we may be worried about will help”.

     

    Aly Anderson, CEO of CPSL Mind adds: “Recognising the power of talking, charities and services have partnered to develop a new helpline during coronavirus. We will provide a listening ear for people to share how they are feeling or issues they are facing right now. We will support people to manage their wellbeing, learn self-help skills or to access other support for particular concerns; such as bereavement, employment or those that are caring for others.”

     

    Tracy Dowling, Chief Executive at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a challenging time for everyone, and this campaign highlights how we can all look after our mental health and each other. CPFT continues to provide specialist mental health support for those who require further help. In the current climate we’ve had to adapt our services and are already offering video consultations rather than face-to-face appointments where appropriate. We have also increased the support in our crisis services to ensure people who need urgent help can access it quickly.”

     

    The campaign is led by Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and a number of charities including Cambridgeshire Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind, and Lifecraft.

    The mental health campaign, Now We’re Talking, is supported by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.


    Tuesday 7th April 2020

    Charities bring additional mental health and wellbeing support to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

    Two local mental health charities are responding to this time of incredible change and challenge for our communities. Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire (CPSL) Mind has launched an online wellbeing service and Lifecraft have extended the hours of their Lifeline mental health helpline.

    Adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are now able access a brand new free online mental health wellbeing service, Qwell, via the charity website www.CPSLMind.org.uk

    Individuals will be able to access a range of materials to support and assist them with their psychological wellbeing, including educational and self-help articles and peer-to-peer support via forums – with the option to contribute their own articles or forum entries.

    Adults are also able to receive help from qualified counsellors via drop-in or scheduled online chat sessions.

    Lifeline, the established confidential and anonymous mental health helpline has extended its hours of support by an extra five hours a day and is now available from 2pm onwards – 11pm on Freephone 0808 808 2121.

    For people that already face significant stresses in their lives, the level of anxiety can be difficult to contain in this environment and both charities are seeing increased levels of distress.

    “At CPSL Mind, our vision is a society in which everyone has positive mental health and feels part of a connected community – when Qwell was planned as part of our Good Life service we could not have imagined social distancing and dramatic changes impacting on the way we are currently living”, explains CPSL Mind CEO, Aly Anderson.

    “We are all adapting to the online environment to stay in touch. So connecting individuals with both each other and trained professional counsellors in safe, supportive online communities via Qwell will truly enhance the support on offer to our community.”

    Dr Lynne Green, XenZone’s Chief Clinical Officer says, “we encourage adults to use this service as a source of support during this difficult time. We would urge people not to wait until they are at crisis point before reaching out for help - we can provide support through the peaks and troughs but prevention is always the best way forward”. 

    By launching now as part of a countywide joined-up health response to the coronavirus crisis there will be a choice of additional mental health support which is as accessible as possible for everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

    Both services are available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Gemma Barron, Chief Executive Officer of Lifecraft says, “We are really pleased to be able to further support residents at this time. Support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or anyone supporting someone in distress is hugely important, providing a listening ear alongside other partners and health services can only be a good thing particularly at this time”.


    Qwell, a new online addition to the Good Life Service that is now avaliable.

    To find out more please watch this short video presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxU6iFJDAvo

    CPSL MIND: "Qwell is a free, online support and wellbeing community for adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. By providing online support in addition to our community-based services, we are ensuring that mental health support is as accessible as possible for everyone regardless of their circumstances."


    Coronavirus Updates

    In these difficult times it can be hard and stressful trying to keep informed and connected with updates on the coronavirus, so Learning Disability England have put together a dedicated page on their website with up to date information that is easy to understand and read. You can go to their pages on the coronavirus by clicking here.

    Photosymbols have put together an easy to read and clear poster you can download here. And Inclusion North have also put together a clear document with everything you need to know about the coronavirus and how to stay safe which you can view and download here.

    Covid 19 poster


    Groundwork East LogoGet Outdoors; Get Active

    Taking time to enjoy green spaces and increase physical activity can have profound positive impacts on our physical health and mental wellbeing, but sometimes it may be difficult to find things to do or people to do them with. If you’re looking for ways to feel more relaxed and connected with nature and other people in your neighbourhood, then Groundwork East’s “Get Outdoors, Get Active” sessions might be a great place to start.

    Over 6 weeks, starting from 17th March we will be getting our hands dirty and enjoying time outdoors with others in the community to help rejuvenate green space in Whittlesey. If you would like to get involved, get in touch with Ashley (ashley.lydiate@groundwork.org.uk) for more information and to book your place.

    About Groundwork

    At Groundwork, we’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances. We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve green spaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation, low skills and poor health.


    The popularity of walking versions of sports is growing and Living Sport are looking to help establish further opportunities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with local partners.

    As part of our strategic priority to increase physical activity levels amongst older people and help make sport and physical activity more accessible, Living Sport want to help develop a coaching workforce that is skilled and confident in helping those around 50+ be physically active. Walking Sports play an important element within the strategy.

    In partnership with the Governing Bodies of Sport, Living Sport are organising two walking sports activator workshops which are suitable for any organisation wanting to develop a walking sport offer within their setting. Walking Sports do not have the high impact or strenuous level of activity that standard versions of the same games require so are an ideal opportunity for people looking to return to sport, recover from injury or simply play the sport they loved at a slower pace.

    The activator courses will take place at the Hive Leisure Centre, Ely in March and April 2020.

    The courses would be suitable for ex players, sports coaches, community workers, health and social care workers and sports centre staff. The time will be spent getting a feel for the walking version of the sports, how to lead, enthuse and promote activity and deliver safe and enjoy sessions. This is not a coaching qualification. 

    For more info please visit the Living Sport website

     

    Sunday 1 March 2020

    Walking Cricket Activator Course in partnership with ECB

    Hive Leisure Centre, Ely

    10.30am-1.30pm

    Cost: £40

    Sunday 26 April 2020

    Walking Basketball Activator Course in partnership with Walking Basketball UK

    Hive Leisure Centre, Ely

    10.30am-1.30pm

    Cost: £40

    Please feel free to pass on this information to anyone you feel these courses might be of interest too.

    To compliment these Activator courses we have the Coaching Older People workshop, running on 19th May, 6.30-9.30pm at Milton Community Centre, Cambridge, if you haven’t yet booked your space book quickly, spaces are filling up. Information about the workshop can be found on our website were you can also book places. Cost is free for volunteers and £20 for any professional staff / paid coaches. If you are a volunteer or wish to book volunteers on please contact Tom Oliver for a discount code. If anybody has any questions then please contact Tom Oliver. If anyone wishes to book on both an Activator course and the Coaching Older People Workshop please contact Tom Oliver for a discounted price.



    ocd event


    Every Mind Matters logo

    Football activity with Heads Up - 3rd to 6th January 2020

    Since the successful launch of the Every Mind Matters campaign on the 7th October 2019. There have been over one million completions of “Your Mind Plan”, designed to help people deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, improve their sleep and help them feel more in control.

    This month Every Mind Matters are collaborating with the Heads Up campaign, a partnership between Heads Together and The FA, to harness the power of football and start the biggest ever conversation on mental health amongst the football community.

    As announced by The FA on 2nd December 2019, the kick-off of all Emirates FA Cup Third Round matches (4th - 6th January 2020) will be delayed by one minute. A new film narrated by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge will be played before the matches, encouraging football fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to start taking action to look after their mental health and that of their family and friends. The one minute film features famous faces from the world of football, including Frank Lampard, Harry Maguire and Alex Scott. 

    2019 +

    It was World Mental Health Day on the 10th October!

    It was a great day of fighting against the stigma around mental health challenges and coming together to help support one another. We took our stall to an event on the Friday in Peterborough where we had loads of meaningful conversations with people around the topic of suicide prevention and where you can go for support with your mental health. 

    Peterborough event board


    Every Mind Matters

    Public Health England launches ‘Every Mind Matters’, the first national NHS mental health campaign.

    We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.
    The new Every Mind Matters campaign encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
    Every Mind Matters offers a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support.
    It also has a free NHS-approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps people build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, improve their sleep and help them feel more in control.

    To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

    Every Mind Matters


    Cambridge & Fenland Community Arts Creative Courses 2019/20 - there's still time to apply!

    Cambridge & Fenland Community Arts Creative Courses is still taking expressions of interest for their yearlong accredited programme, with courses starting w/c 9 Sept.  The programme and expression of interest form can be downloaded here, or submit online at https://www.camcommarts.org.uk/join-a-course.

    FENLAND - MUSIC FOR PERFORMANCE / DRAMA / DIGITAL ART & DESIGN

    CAMBRIDGE - MUSIC FOR PERFORMANCE / DRAMA / PHOTOGRAPHY / DIGITAL ART & DESIGN / DRAWING & MIXED MEDIA / MUSIC PRODUCTION

    Check out these short videos to find out more about our drama and music courses and for info on how to get involved and how we work, enabling people to improve their mental health using creativity – especially helpful if you missed meeting us at our Open Days!


    Psychological Well-being Service Virtual Reality Therapy

    OVR BBC Breakfast 21st May 2019 from Oxford VR on Vimeo.

    Here's a snippet about the therapy from the CPFT website: "The Psychological Wellbeing Service have added virtual reality (VR) to our digital therapies’ library.  This is state-of-the-art technology is currently being used for treatment of Height Phobia. We have partnered with a company called 'Oxford VR' to bring this ground-breaking technology into the service. VR treatment is based on a computer-generated environment which creates powerful simulations of real-life scenarios that trigger similar psychological and physiological responses as experienced by patients when distressed i.e. the mind and body behave as if it were real. Therefore, the lessons learned in VR are transferable to everyday life situations."

    Click here to read more..


    Recovery and Inclusion Contract Rentender

    As you may already be aware, CPSL Mind has just been awarded the county-wide Recovery and Inclusion contract funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

    This new service will replace several different contracts that are currently delivered by a number of different providers across the county. This includes the Wellbeing and Stepping Forward Services delivered by CPSL Mind; the Specialist Mental Health Home and Community Support Services delivered by CPSL Mind (Support2Recovery) and Metropolitan and some of the services currently provided by Lifecraft, Red 2 Green and Richmond Fellowship.

    Between now and the start of the new service on 2 September 2019, referrals into all of these services will be affected to some degree. Below we outline the current position on referrals to CPSL Mind services.  Please contact the other providers directly for information about their services between now and the new contract start date.

    CPSL Mind Referrals

    While, on the one hand, the new Recovery and Inclusion contract presents a unique opportunity to provide a new and exciting service across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, on the other it does mean that there will be changes in the way services are accessed and delivered both during and after the transition period.

    We hope to minimise any frustrations and/or concerns by communicating with our clients, staff and stakeholders on a regular basis and answering any questions in an open and honest way throughout this transition process.

    Please see information below on ‘next steps’ in relation to referrals into our existing Wellbeing Service, Stepping Forward and Specialist Mental Health Home and Community Support (Support2Recovery) clients.

    Next steps:  Specialist Mental Health Home and Community Support Referrals

    Individuals who are assessed as requiring specialist mental health care packages will continue to receive support as part of the new contract; though the way in which that support is delivered will change and develop over time.

    Between now and the start of the new service, new specialist mental health Home and Community Support referrals can still be made to CPSL Mind. However, it would be very helpful for us to have involvement at the assessment stage wherever possible, particularly during this transition period. Please contact either myself or Linda Leigh – Linda.leigh@cpslmind.org.uk – in the first instance

    Next steps: Wellbeing and Stepping Forward Services Referrals

    As from Monday 13 May, we will no longer be taking referrals for 1:1 support from the Wellbeing and Stepping Forward services. This is so that we can meet the 1:1 needs of those individuals already in service together with those on the current waiting list.

    However, we will still be taking referrals for our wellbeing workshops and peer support groups across the county and have recently increased the capacity of these aspects of the service. Please email us at wellbeing@cpslmind.org.uk or phone us at any of our three offices for more information:

    Cambridge

    01223 311320

    Peterborough

    01733 362900

    St Neots

    01480 470 480

    Further information

    Over the coming weeks we will be sending you more information about the new Recovery and Inclusion Service, usually by email.  We would be very grateful if you could cascade this and future emails so as to ensure that everyone receives this information in a timely way.

    We will also be arranging a number of stakeholder events to introduce the service in more detail and answer any questions. Details of these events will be sent by email, but will also be posted on our website – www.cpslmind.org.uk. Please note that for more information about CPSL Mind in general, you can also sign up for our E-bulletin via the website.

    We really appreciate your support in helping us to make this service transition as smooth as possible for everyone, so please do let us know if you have any questions or concerns either by contacting me direct on 01223 311320 or emailing me at hannah.turner@cpslmind.org.uk 

    Please note: Referrals into our IAPT service (Changing Lives), Perinatal Service and Sanctuary (via FRS 111 Option2) will continue unchanged.


    The Advancing Mental Health Equality Resource has now been published and is available to download from the Royal College of Psychiatrists website. The AMHE Resource was commissioned by NHS England to support delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the NHS Long Term Plan.

    The resource is a tool which outlines comprehensive and practical steps for commissioners and service providers to reduce inequalities in an achievable and measurable way. It provides detailed guidance and methods on how to identify and reduce inequalities related to mental health support, care and treatment. It will also support commissioners and service providers to evaluate and review their services, to measure the impact of changes and to identify areas for improvement.

    The AMHE Resource has been coproduced with a wide-range of stakeholders including experts by experience, ALBs, commissioners, providers and third sector organisations.

    For questions on the resource and accompanying appendices and helpful resources, please contact the Project Manager at Dominique.gardner@rcpsych.ac.uk.

    You can view and download the Advancing Mental Health Equality Resource here.


    Arts on prescription for adultsArts on Prescription are looking for people interested in Arts on Prescription at the Norris Museum in St Ives again - They start a new series on Wednesday 9th of January and I still have spaces. These are free art workshops for people with anxiety, depression or any other mental health problems. 

    They also have spaces on the rolling programmes of Arts on Prescription art workshops at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge from 1-3pm on Tuesdays, and at the Norris Museum in St Ives from 1-3pm on Wednesdays, both of which have funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to continue until July 2019.  They will run another ten week series of art workshops at Peterborough Museum from 3-5pm on Thursdays starting on 7th of February, as the pilot series at Peterborough Museum has gone really well with many positive responses written in evaluation, such as:

    'This course has brought me out of myself and given me something to look forward to each week.  I wish it could continue.'

    'I have loved it...  Thank you again for an inspiring and nurturing course.'

    If you would like to take part in one or more workshops please fill out a referral form here.


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    Mental Health Campaigns and Resources

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    Campaigns you can get involved in+

    Here we have a list of campaigns you can get involved in!

    ·         STOP Suicide

    There is a range of suicide prevention resources available as part of the STOP Suicide Campaign. These include self-help leaflets for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts as well as those who are concerned that someone they know might be at risk. There are also posters giving the key campaign messages, STOP Suicide pledge cards for you to carry in your wallet and ‘I’d Ask’ badges to help you spread the word. Click here to go to the website for more information!

     

    ·         Stress LESS

    Stress LESS is a county-wide, pilot campaign that launched across the county during National Revision Week, 18–22 April 2016 and peaked during Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May 2016). The campaign seeks to empower students (aged 12–18) to find positive ways of coping with school/college and exam stress. Click here to go to the website for more information!

     

    ·         Time to Change

    Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. We've already reached millions of people and begun to improve attitudes and behaviours. Join thousands of campaigners in workplaces, schools, communities and online who are making stigma and discrimination a thing of the past.  Click here to go to the website for more information!

     

    ·         Heads Together

    Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services. Click here to go to the website for more information!

    Now We're Talking+

    The coronavirus outbreak has changed all of our lives. During times of uncertainty, we can feel anxious and stressed. Feelings of isolation, boredom and loneliness are natural. It’s important we keep talking to each other.

    Stay in touch with friends and family to support mental health. The simplest thing we can do for mental wellbeing is to stay connected. Use the internet, telephone, even written letters, to reach out. Lift each other’s spirits by speaking and listening.

    Connect online with others who are experiencing the same feelings. Online communities are an increasingly popular source of support.

    Qwell is an online community for adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Find self-help resources and join in peer support through chat. You can also access safe and confidential one-hour sessions with a fully qualified counsellor via instant messaging.

    Kooth is a free, confidential and anonymous online service for young people aged 11-18 years. Access support from trained counsellors until 10pm, 365 days a year. Peer-to-peer support through forums and a range of self-help resources.

    Lifeline is a free, confidential and anonymous telephone helpline service available for adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Line provides listening support and information to someone experiencing mental distress or if you are supporting someone else in distress. Available everyday 11am – 11pm on 0808 808 2121

    Psychological Wellbeing Service - People can continue to self-refer to the Psychological Wellbeing Service. This service is set up to help those aged 17 and over who are suffering from mild to moderate depression and anxiety, you don't need a diagnosis to access the service. More information can be found here.

    NHS 111 Mental Health Crisis Picture

    Call 111 in a mental health crisis, if you, or someone you are worried about, is at risk of harm, the NHS First Response Services can help people of any age, at any time of day or night. Call 111 and select option 2

    Other self-help resources can be found here

    Create your own wellbeing plan here.

    Every Mind Matters+

    Every Mind Matters is here to help you manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

    We all go through ups and downs in life, and experience life changes that can affect our mental health.

    Every Mind Matters gives you simple and practical advice to get a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better. It will help you spot the signs of common mental health conditions, get personalised practical self-care tips and information on further support. You'll also learn about what you can do to help others.

    Every Mind Matters has been created by Public Health England, with tips and advice developed with experts and approved by the NHS. It has also been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners. In January 2020, we teamed up with Heads Up for the biggest weekend in football, the Emirates FA Cup Third Round, to help you discover simple steps to look after your mental health.

    It only takes a minute to get started with our short free quiz to create Your Mind Plan with personalised tips and advice.

    Who Are We?

    About This Site

    This website is a central point for information on mental health and wellbeing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It can help you to find local services and get tips on ways to improve your own wellbeing, and how to look out for others.

    This site has been developed through a collaboration between Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, and many voluntary sector partners including the SUN Network and Lifecraft.

    Website Feedback

    The content of this website will be checked regularly, but we are open to ongoing feedback and will make changes to the site as needed. Please let us know what you think of this website. Do you have any ideas on how it could be improved? Are there any links that are broken or information that is out of date?  Please be aware that there will be no response to any comments added to this form. 

    If you need urgent help now see NEED HELP NOW.

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    Contact Us

    We love hearing what you think! If anything isn't up to date or working on the website please let us know.

    If you would like to give us some feedback then please click the link below!

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    If you are a service provider and would like to be featured on Keep Your Head then please click on the link below to fill out an application form!

    New Services Application

    We love finding new services that can help people and we will get back to any applications within a few days.

    If you would like to contact us about posters, flyers and postcards or any other enquiries please contact us at: victoria.morton@sunnetwork.org.uk or keepyourhead@centre33.org.uk

     

    Downloadable Resources

    Please share this website with friends, family and colleagues. Here are promotional posters and postcards for the website that are free to print off and use.

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    Downloadable Mental Health Resources

    Here we have lots of helpful free downloadable resources for you to check out!

    More coming soon!

    You can download our promotional materials here!

    Mental health resources from the Mental Health Foundation:

    How to look after your mental health

    How to overcome fear and anxiety

    How to support good mental health at work

    The truth about self harm

    How to sleep better

    How to manage and reduce stress

    How to look after your mental health using exercise

    How to look after your mental health using mindfulness

    How to look after your mental health in later life

    Addiction resources:

    How CASUS Can Help Young Peoples Alcohol
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    Digital Directory For Cambridge
    FRANK Know The Score FRANK Cannabis FRANK Cannabis Facts
    Safeguarding Children Guide
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    BASW Pocket Guide  
    Alcohol & Older People Morning After Poster Morning After Leaflet
    FAS Leaflet Alcohol Easy Read Leaflet Time To Reflect On Alcohol
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    Easy Read Guide To Common
    Drugs
    Drugs Wheel NPS Leaflet
    NPS Parents Guide Drugs - Staying Safe Cocaine - A Few Lines
    Cannabis Staying Alive  Help Me Understand
    You Are Not On Your Own NPS Infographic Hep C Testing Leaflet

     

    *Some information gathered from www.nhs.uk and the services listed.

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