People in Northamptonshire are being helped to manage their mental health and wellbeing thanks to the provision of specialised support services across the county.

Local organisations are working together through Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership’s Mental Health Transformation Board to improve access to mental health services – and a number of services are available to those in need of support.

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Changing Minds IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service helps over 1,000 people in our county who are feeling stressed, low in mood or have mild to moderate depression and/or an anxiety disorder.

The Changing Minds team work with service users to put an individual plan in place that’s right for their needs. This might include being offered group or computerised cognitive behavioural therapy, online wellbeing groups or face-to-face support.

The service is for anyone over the age of 17-and-a-half and living in Northamptonshire, who can access the service directly by calling 0300 999 1616 (9am to 5pm weekdays) or by completing the online form at www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt. People contacting the service will be booked in for a telephone assessment with a member of the team, who will assess their needs and discuss the most appropriate treatment choice to benefit them.

NHFT is also working in partnership with the mental health charity Mind to provide adult mental health Crisis Cafés throughout the county. Supported by NHFT mental health professionals and run by Mind peer support workers, Crisis Cafés provide support and safety to anyone in need by offering coping mechanisms and management techniques to help reduce the risk of a crisis.

Working closely with the individual, the Crisis Café team will put in place a safety plan to help them manage their mental health and wellbeing, and as well as offering support can refer and direct them to further services if required. There’s no need to book an appointment – just drop in to a Crisis Café in Corby, Daventry, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden or Wellingborough. Full details of Crisis Café locations and opening hours are available online at www.nhft.nhs.uk/crisis-cafe.

This work responds to the ‘Personalised Care’ category of our community’s Big Ideas