Get support with your mental health
The Mental Health Charity Mind report that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. We teamed up with Insight Healthcare to host a webinar on the support available through CKH and Insight. You can view a recording of the webinar:
We also want to share resources that can help you if you are struggling.
Dealing with a mental health crisis
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.
Remember, no matter what you are going through the Samaritans are there for you, 24 hours a day. Just call them for free on 116 123.
There is lots of information on the NHS website about accessing emergency help.
If you are registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough call 111 and press option 2 for the First Response Service - a 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis. This service is for anyone, of any age. 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.
The Mind Infoline can put you in touch with mental health services in other areas of the UK. Call them on 0300 123 3393.
Other support available
Our partners at Insight Healthcare offer talking therapies to residents of Peterborough, free of charge and without the need to go through your GP. You can refer yourself through their website.
Making changes to your physical health and leading a more healthy lifestyle can also improve your mental health. So, whether you want help to stop smoking, lead a more active lifestyle, lose some weight, or simply take advantage of the NHS Health Checks we offer, Healthy You can help you.
If someone in your life is facing a mental health issue it can feel bewildering and you often don’t know where to turn or how best to help them. Mind have put together some great advice and support for you if you are helping anyone through a wide range of mental health conditions.
If the pandemic has had an impact on your mental health you can find out specific information on the Mind website.
Support for young people
You can access specific support and advice for young people and parents at Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.
If you're under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.
Mental health stories
You are not alone, here people share their personal stories.
Ways to improve your mental health
There are lots of simple steps we can take in our daily life to improve our mental health. Getting out in nature is proven to help improve our mental health. The Mental Health Foundation have produced their Thriving with Nature guide to help you.
Breathing techniques are a simple way to help reduce stress and anxiety and you can learn to do them in the comfort of your own home.
These days it’s hard not to get overwhelmed once in a while. Between juggling work, family, and other commitments, you can become too stressed out and busy. Here are some ways to manage and deal with stress.
Yoga is a great help with stress and anxiety, and there are options for people with differently levels of mobility. It’s a great way to tone up your body and mind. Here’s an option for at home yoga as well as chair yoga, if you have more restricted mobility.
There is a strong relationship between mental health and cleaning. Here’s some information on why de-cluttering and cleaning could improve your mood.
Music can help to lift your mood, you can access playlists that promote happy songs to help lift your mood. Try this one on YouTube and see if it will get you bopping around the kitchen!
Support from CKH
There is practical help out there and here at CKH we have a lot of help and support available to you and are here for you, if you are struggling with your mental health.
New Perspectives support group: ‘New Perspectives’ is our new mental health support group, available completely free to anyone who just wants to talk. Starting from 27 April at 1pm, and running weekly, the group will be available online and led by a mental health professional. It will give you a safe space to connect with others and share solutions and coping strategies for whatever hurdles you are facing. We hope one day to offer these sessions in person as well, but the online support will continue. If you would like to know more, tick the New Perspectives box on the form above and we’ll be in touch!
Help for new parents: Becoming a parent for the first time, especially in a pandemic, and be an incredibly isolating and lonely experience. We work closely with NCT, and their Birth and Beyond community support volunteers are on hand to lend a listening ear and signpost you to other support available. You’ll receive support from another mum, just like you, who will have been through many of the things you have been through. If you would like help from a Community Supporter who understands how hard being a new mum can be, then get in touch with Kerry by email at Kerry.Smith@nct.org.uk or call her on 0771 131 7555.
Volunteering: Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house and meet people, whilst also learning new skills. The WestRaven Café and Garden have a lot of volunteering opportunities in Westwood, and we are always on the lookout for people who would like to get out help in our communities. We also run an introduction to volunteering course that can help you get started. If you would like to know more, tick the volunteering box on the form above and we’ll be in touch!