The NHS in Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire is holding a number of events this week to raise awareness of mental health issues.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG is highlighting and promoting local services available to anyone experiencing stress and needing help. Stress can be a key factor in mental health problems and some of the symptoms include feeling overwhelmed, anxious, fearful, constant worrying, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, dizziness, and feeling tired all the time. By dealing with stress it can help with other mental health problems such as anxiety and depression too.
In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough there is lots of help available for anyone who needs help tackling stress:
• Keep Your Head website: visit www.keep-your-head.com. This website is full of local and reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people, and adults. It also has details of local mental health services that are available to support you.
• Psychological Wellbeing Service: call 0300 300 0055 or self-refer online at http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/pws/psychological-wellbeing-service.htm. Staff are trained in talking therapy and can help you to deal with stress and related mental health problems.
• NHS 111 option 2: for anyone in a mental health crisis. This service is for anyone, of any age, who is registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough. Specially-trained mental health staff are available 24/7.
Dr Emma Tiffin, GP Mental Health Lead, said: “Lots of different things can cause stress, from work to having a baby, and financial problems to bereavement. Whatever the cause of stress in your life, it’s important that you tackle it and don’t leave it hoping that it’ll resolve itself.
“There’s lots of help available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to anyone experiencing stress and finding that it’s getting in the way of enjoying life. But if you’re stressed and not sure where to begin then please look at our local mental health website (www.keep-your-head.com) or ask your GP team who can help you take a step in the right direction.”
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) are sharing information about their services which can be accessed by the person in need. This means the services below can be accessed directly without the need to see a healthcare professional first.
Suffering with depression or anxiety?
Service name: Changing Minds IAPT
Overview: Working within GP surgeries and in other community areas, IAPT provide structured support to those over the age of 17 and a half who experience common mental health problems which impact on their wellbeing. These might include depression, anxiety, phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
How to access this service: Referrals can be made by your GP or you can refer yourself directly by calling on 0300 999 1616 (9 to 5 weekdays) or by filling in the online form on www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt
Outcome: treatments may vary dependent on individual needs, however example treatments may include; live online wellbeing course, online supported cognitive, behavioural therapy (CBT) or self-help interventions.
Are you in a crisis or need support with your mental health outside of 9 to 5 hours?
Service name: Mental health Crisis Cafés
Overview: these mental health crisis cafes are run by local Mind organisations and are supported by NHFT. When attending a Crisis Café a MIND peer support worker and a NHFT mental health professional will be available to provide support to anyone 18 or over who are finding themselves in a crisis or need support with their mental health. They provide support for mental health issues to anyone in need by offering coping mechanisms and management techniques to help reduce the risk of crisis.
How to access this service: simply drop in to one of the Northamptonshire locations to receive support. For all locations, dates and times please visit: www.nhft.nhs.uk/crisis-cafe
Outcome: support will help reduce any immediate crisis and to safety plan to manage their mental health and wellbeing. As wel
As well as this, professionals can also refer and direct you to further services if required.
Mental health support in A&E acute hospital wards
Service name: Acute Liaison Mental Health Service
Overview: the service supports people over the age of 18 with mental health needs who are attending A&E or are inpatients at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northampton General Hospital. It also provides support for those who have physical health needs which affect their mental health.
How to access this service: services are based at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northampton General Hospital and support referrals from their A&E departments and inpatient wards.
Outcome: you will receive an assessment, support, brief interventions and discharge planning. Staff will work through what further help you may need and draw up a plan of care, it may be that you are referred to psychological therapy within the service if deemed appropriate from the assessment.
Crisis telephone support
Service name: CATSS (Crisis telephone support service)
Overview: a 24-hour a day telephone support service for people receiving support in Northamptonshire for mental health problems, their carers, families and friends. The service helps when you feel unsafe, at risk, or unable to cope without support.
How to access this service: This service is open to the residents of Northamptonshire, simply call 0800 917 0464.
Outcome: evidence-based techniques may be offered to help manage your feelings when they become overwhelming, as well as support to help you manage your problems.
Service name: Mental Health Navigators
Overview: provides support in the community to help people over the age of 18 years, improve their general wellbeing. The service is designed for people experiencing difficulties with their emotional wellbeing – stress, anxiety, depression or recovering from a mental health condition.
How to access this service: referrals can be made from GP’s as well as other healthcare professionals and self-referrals direct to the team. For help and advice with self-referrals please call 01604 658813, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nhft.nhs.uk/navigators
Outcome: treatments may vary dependent on individual needs, however example treatments may include; motivational interviewing, 1-1 support, counselling and group work.
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), Northamptonshire Carers, Total Voice and Mind organisations in Northamptonshire are holding joint events to bring together health care services which support you or the ones you care for in the community.
* These events are open for anyone to come along to and find out more about services available
* The first of these events is taking place on 16 May 2018, 1pm to 4pm, Northamptonshire Carers, 123 Midland Rd, Wellingborough, NN8 1LU.