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Mental Health

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Mental Health

All of us, children, young people and adults have mental health and it is important to look after it, like we would any other part of our body.  If you are having mental health problems though, you're not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives; but there are lots of things that you can do to keep your mind healthy and well.

Why look after our mental health?

People may feel stressed, anxious, low and experience negative thoughts, often as a reaction to negative circumstances or events. We all feel like that now and then but it's when these thoughts and feelings become so frequent and/or severe that they significantly disrupt our ability to cope with life on a daily basis, such as negatively affecting our relationships, work, sleep and quality of life, that they can become mental health problems. If this happens then it is important to get help from friends, family or professionals such as a GP or a specially trained person. It's important to remember that, with the right advice, guidance and information, people who experience problems are often able to make a full recovery.

Speak to someone

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Speak to someone

Your first port of call should be to contact your GP. They will either provide you with an appropriate intervention or direct you to the most appropriate provider.

Mental health services in Peterborough are provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).  

If you have mental health difficulties there are people who can provide advice, treatment, care and ongoing support to help you live at home. These may be nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, recovery workers, advocates or wellbeing workers. Whether you are going through some emotional stress or have long term mental health problems they can help with the following:

  • self-help initiatives
  • support groups 
  • talking therapies
  • medication

Support provided can also include specialist treatment and services, residential or nursing home stays, other day care support and rehabilitation. 

Help for suicidal thoughts

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If you feel that you need to talk through issues immediately, there is help available right now.  

On this page you can find a range of organisations you can call.

You can also call 111 and press option 2 for the First Response Service which is a 24 hour service for people 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 will speak to you and discuss with you your mental health care needs – instead of you having to go to accident and emergency departments of local acute hospitals.

You 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.


The 5 ways to wellbeing

The Five ways to Wellbeing are things you can do that can help you feel more positive about how you feel about and live your life. Feeling positive helps you cope with the times when you are feeling low or have had some bad experiences.

  • Connect - with the people around you and make time for family and friends. 
  • Be active - go for a run, take the dog for a walk, play 5-a-side, cycle to work or sign up for a dance class... Whatever it is, make sure it is something you enjoy.
  • Take notice - be aware of the world around you and how you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
  • Keep learning - whether it's learning how to cook your favourite food, a new language or taking up a new sport or hobby, it's all good for our mind!
  • Give - do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile.  Volunteer your time; it can be incredibly rewarding. To find out ways that you can volunteer and get rewarded for your time in Cambridgeshire visit timebanking 

Keep Your Head

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


Am I depressed? How can I feel less stressed? Why am I so anxious?

Whatever you need to know about coping with stressanxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Moodzone is here to help.

It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

Tips and advice to boost mental health

Not sure how you're feeling? Try this mood assessment quiz.

Self-help and treatments

If you're considering trying self-help techniques or seeking treatment for mental health problems, these can help you weigh up your options:

You may also be interested in our selection of mental health apps and tools in the Digital Apps Library.

Other people's stories

If you're feeling sad, anxious, angry or stressed, remember you're not alone.

Read real-life stories from other people who have felt the same way, and see how they found help.

Do you need urgent mental health help now?

See a GP if:

  • you have been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks
  • your anxiety is affecting your daily life

If you want to talk to someone right away, the mental health helpline page has a list of organisations you can call for immediate help.

The Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for people who want to talk in confidence. Call 116 123 (free).

If you have had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, contact someone you can trust immediately, such as a GP or a friend or relative.

The Good life service

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The Good Life Service takes a fresh approach to community based wellbeing support and has been developed alongside individuals with lived experience of mental health problems.

The Good Life Service focuses on individual strengths and skills. It encourages peer support and community connectivity and is available to adults aged 18 upwards living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It has something for everyone, regardless of whether or not you have a diagnosed mental health problem.

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

There is legislation that covers the support and care of people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care or treatment, which is called the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are part of the Act and they aim to protect people in care homes, hospitals and supported living from being inappropriately deprived of their liberty.

The safeguards have been put in place to make sure that a care home, hospital or authority arranging supported living only restricts someone's liberty safely and correctly, and that this is done when there is no other way to take care of that person safely.