This week (14 to 20 May) is mental health awareness week and we are teaming up with Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) to help raise awareness of mental health services available.

Nearly half of adults believe that, in their lifetime, they have had a diagnosable mental health problem, yet only a third have received a diagnosis1. Encouraging individuals to speak out when experiencing mental ill health helps to reduce stigma attached to having a mental health diagnosis and gives others the confidence to seek the help and support they need.

We want everyone who supports us to also think about their own mental health and wellbeing and feel confident in getting to support if and when needed. Being aware of mental health services available without the need to see your GP such as Changing Minds IAPT or Crisis Cafes can help provide early intervention for individuals who need support or are in a crisis.

Changing Minds IAPT is a service available for those who are suffering with low mood, depression, anxiety, poor sleep or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to name a few. The service provides support to those over the age of 17 and a half. Individuals can register with the service by calling 0300 999 1616 (9 to 5 weekdays) or by filling in an online form

For individuals who are in a crisis or need support with their mental health outside of 9 to 5 hours can drop in to mental health crisis cafes which are run in partnership between MIND and NHFT. The Crisis Cafés provide support to anyone 18 and over in Northants. There is no need to call and book an appointment, simply drop in to one of the locations to receive support. For all locations, dates and times please visit: