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Mental health and learning disabilities

The main provider of NHS mental health care in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

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Crisis support

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need help, call NHS 111 and select option 2. Specially-trained mental health staff will speak to you and discuss your mental health care needs – instead of having to go to accident and emergency departments in local acute hospitals. This service is available 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is important to us all. Mental health is the emotional resilience that enables us all to enjoy life and to survive pain, disappointment and sadness.

Mental health problems are amongst the most common forms of ill health. And they can affect any one of us, at any point in our lives. Mental health problems range from reactions to normal life events, such as bereavement, relationship breakdowns and depression, to more complex conditions such as schizophrenia. Dementia is another mental health problem that especially affects older people.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG works for people with mental health problems to commission (buy) services, ensuring they get the right help and support. In order to do this effectively we work with people who have experienced mental health problems, social care providers and voluntary services.

Who can help you

There are a number of local voluntary organisations who can help people with mental health problems. We also commission some of these to provide services, covering a range of mental health services from primary care - including Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services for people with mild to moderate mental health problems, through to secondary care and a range of specialist services for people with enduring mental illness and more complex problems. These are as below:

  • Addaction  - Specialist community adult drug misuse services
  • Alzheimer's Society Carers support - Dementia advisors
  • Bipolar UK - Dedicated to supporting people affected by bipolar
  • Centre 33 - Counselling for children and young adults
  • Choices  - Childhood sexual abuse specialist counselling
  • Counselling directory - find a counsellor or psychotherapist near you
  • East Suffolk MIND  - Supported accommodation
  • Every Mind Matters - national website featuring helpful advice and information
  • Evolve Counselling - Community counselling charity charging from £5 per session
  • How Are You Peterborough - a local website bringing together lots of resources to help your mental health
  • Huntington's Disease Association  - Supports people affected by Huntington's Disease
  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies - making psychological therapies more accessible to people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
  • Inclusion  - Specialist community adult drug misuse services
  • Insight - Talking therapy commissioned by the NHS. 
  • Keep Your Head - central hub of information, self-help and support services for mental health in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
  • Lifeline - A Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mental Health Helpline. Available 11am-11pm 365 days of the year via 0808 808 21 21.
  • MIND in Cambridgeshire  - Social Inclusion Services including lifestyle support and service user engagement
  • Peterborough and Fenland MIND  - Social Inclusion Services
  • Peterborough Counselling Ltd - Talking therapy commissioned by the NHS. Age 17+; free of charge. Self refer by calling 01733 767279
  • Qwell & Kooth - free online wellbeing services offering chat-based counselling, peer support and self-help. Qwell is for people aged 18 or over; Kooth helps children and young people aged 11-18.
  • Rethink - Rehabilitation services in Cambridge, Huntingdonshire, Peterborough and Fenland. 
  • Richmond Fellowship - Employment support
  • Talking FreELY  -Our aim is to promote mental wellness and empower those suffering the effects of mental illness to step forward and seek the help they need for people in Ely
  • St Columba Group Therapy Centre  - Group therapy.
  • Sun Network  - a Service User Network for people with mental health problems.

NHS mental health care for veterans

NHS England has published the this leaflet on NHS veterans mental health services.

What to do if you think you need help

If you think you might be suffering from a mental health problem, you should first contact your GP. They may be able to help you treat the problem themselves, or help you to access a range of other local and internet based sources of help. If the problem is or becomes more serious, they can refer you to a more specialised mental health service.

Commissioning enquiries

If you have a specific query about the local commissioning of mental health services, please email our mental health commissioning team

Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR)

The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme is a national initiative, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England. The role of LeDeR is to review the deaths of any person with a learning disability aged four years and over, with the outcomes of these reviews being used to improve the lives of people who have a learning disability, locally and nationally.  More information about the LeDeR programme can be found here. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have published its LeDer mortality review annual report for 2019-2020

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough previously published its LeDeR mortality review annual report for 2018-19 along with an Easy Read version.


03/03/2021