Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or social background. Without care and treatment, mental health problems can have a serious affect on the individual and those around them. Every year more than 250,000 people are admitted to psychiatric hospitals and over 4,000 people commit suicide.
Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Schizophrenia,depression and personality disorders are all types of mental health problem. Diseases such as Alzheimers and dementia generally develop in old age, whereas eating disorders are more common in young people.
There is no single cause of mental health problems; the reasons they develop are as complex as the individual. Mental health problems are more common in certain groups, for example, people with poor living conditions, those from ethnic minority groups, disabled people, homeless people and offenders. Sometimespeople with mental health problems are discriminated against. This can lead to social problems such as homelessness, and may make the mental health problem worse.
Particular mental health problems are also more common in certain people. For example, women are more likely than men to have anxiety disorders and depression. Drug and alcohol addictions are more common in men, and men are also more likely to commit suicide.
Mental health problems can also develop from difficult life events, such as moving house, losing your job or the death of someone special. Drinking too much alcohol over a long period of time, and using illegal drugs can contribute to mental health problems, particularly in people who are already vulnerable.
People with mental health problems sometimes need help and support to enable them to cope with their illness. There are many treatment options, including medication, counselling, psychotherapy, complementary therapies and self help strategies. It is important that people with mental illnesses are told about the options available so they can make a decision about what treatment suits them best.
Another important step in the recovery process is for the person to accept that they are ill, and to want to get better. This can take time and it is important for family and friends to be supportive. There are many support groups and charities that offer advice, confidential counselling and information about the types of treatment available and where to get help.
The Mental Capacity Act came fully into force on 1 October 2007. It aims to protect people who cannot make decisions for themselves due to a learning disability or a mental health condition, for example Alzheimer’s disease, or for any other reason. It provides clear guidelines for carers and professionals about who can take decisions in which situations.
The Act states that everyone should be treated as able to make their own decisions until it is shown that they can’t. It also aims to enable people to make their own decisions for as long as they are capableof doing so.
A person’s capacity to make a decision will be established at the time that a decision needs to be made. A lack of capacity could be because of a severe learning disability, dementia, mental health problems, a brain injury, a stroke or unconsciousness due to an anesthetic or a sudden accident.
Italsomakes it acriminal offence of neglect or ill-treatment of a person who lacks capacity.
The Act intends to protect people who lose the capacity to make their own decisions. It will allow the person, while they are still able, to appoint someone (for example a trusted relative or friend)
- to make decisions on their behalf once they lose the ability to do so. This will mean they can make decisions on the person’s health and personal welfare. Previously, the law only covered financial matters.
- ensure that decisions that are made on the person’s behalf are in their best interests. The Act provides a checklist of things that decision makers must work through.
- introduce a Code of Practice for people such as healthcare workers who support people who have lost the capacity to make their own decisions.
People with no one to act for them will also be able to leave instructions for their care under the new provisions.
For more information Office of Public Guardian Tel: 0845 3302900
Peterborough and Fenland Mind
- Advice / information
- Advocacy including help completing benefit forms.
- Anger management
- Volunteer opportunities
Disability Living Allowance renewals and the Personal Independence payment (Mental health) Peterborough and Fenland Mind can help to fill in DLA and PIP forms for people with mental health problems. We strongly advise people to seek specialist help in filling in the forms. Tel Tel:01733 530651
Cambridgeshire Independent Advocacy Service (CIAS) The Service is to help support people to speak up for and receive their rights, either individually or as a group. Client led service means that clients decide for themselves the level of support that they need and for how long that support is provided. Help with: Housing, employment, benefits, social services, family, medical treatment, criminal and civil law. Representation and support with many other areas of life. Self Referral for those with mental health issues
Tel: 01733 758278
Peterborough & District Samaritans have trained volunteers who will listen to people who are distressed, in despair or contemplating suicide, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All calls charged at the local rate. They will offer a sympathetic, non-judgmental listening ear. The service is mainly by telephone, however people are able to visit the branch by arranging an appointment in advance. This branch covers Peterborough and the surrounding area, plus Bourne, Stamford, March, Wisbech, Oundle and Spalding. Tel: 08457 909090 or Peterborough hot line 01733 312727
Peterborough and Fenland Rethink Carers Group (previously known as the Schizophrenia Fellowship Group) represent and support carers of people with severe and enduring mental illness in the Peterborough and Fenland area. For details contact Careline Tel: 01354 655786
Peterborough and Fenland Carers Support Service (A rethink project) the project is able to offer one to one support, groups, information and advocacy to carers of adults who have a mental illness.
Local Support (Statutory) Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust works in partnership to provide mental health and specialist learning disability services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Its services include:
- Child and adolescent mental health services
- Adult mental health services
- Older people’s mental health services
- Forensic and specialist mental health services
- Substance misuse services
- Specialist learning disability services
Drinksense is a registered charity providing advice, information, therapeutic counselling and a range of support services for people with alcohol related problems and their carers and families in Cambridgeshire.
They see people who are concerned with their own or another’s alcohol use, and work toward reducing the harm that alcohol may be causing a person whether that involves health, employment, relationships or lifestyle. Tel: 01733 555532
CAMEO, are able to offer you a number of different treatments or interventions for people experiencing some of the symptoms of psychosis and related disorders aged 17 to 35 years. Each person can benefit from different treatment options, so our starting point is a thorough assessment. The service is for people who are resident in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (including local Schools, Colleges and Universities) those experiencing some of the symptoms of psychosis and related disorders, and who haven’t had extensive treatment in the past. CAMEO is happy for people to phone for a chat, and if they think interventions won’t help you, they can suggest other sources of help and care. Tel: 01733 318102
Child and Adolescents Mental Health Unit A specialist mental health service for Peterborough and Fenland aimed at children and young people with mental health problems and disorders, with priority being given to severe psychiatric disorders. Referral to the outpatient system is by letter from a G.P. There is a day programme for primary school-aged children, which aims at reintegration back into school. A community team offers outreach work and consultation to professional agencies, and a service to pre-school children. Tel: 01733 874504
Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team – A crisis resolution team (sometimes called home treatment) provides intensive support for people in mental health crisis in their own home, or other suitable alternative such as a crisis house. The crisis resolution team will stay involved until the problem is resolved. It is designed to provide prompt and effective home treatment, including medication, in order to prevent hospital admissions and give support to carers. Tel: 01733 875385 Early Intervention in Psychosis Service – provide early intervention in psychosis services provide assessment and care for individuals experiencing psychosis for the first time. They focus on medical control of psychotic symptoms and psychological and family interventions. Tel: 01733 318102 New mental health unit, is being built on the Edith Cavell site in Peterborough,is part of Greater Peterborough Health Investment Plan (GPHIP). The first phase of the mental health unit opens in November 2008 and the whole unit should open in May 2009.
This new state-of-the-art 100-bed mental health unit will offer patients purpose-built accommodation with single en-suite bedrooms. It will include adult acute psychiatric wards, a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, older people’s mental health unit and a specialist service for people with learning disabilities.
The accommodation includes restaurant-style dining facilities for patients, staff and visitors, an information centre, fitness and recreational centre and landscaped gardens.
Speaking Up for Families is a free, confidential and independent one-to-one advocacy service for parents who have a learning difficulty and/or mental health illness (N.B These catergories are interpreted very broadly. For example, if you are anxious or worried about an issue then an advocate can work with you).
Advocacy aims to empower parents to speak up for themselves and to have their voice heard. We support parents on a variety of family and parenting issues and help them to access information and services, and be aware of their rights. Advocates listen to parents and help them to have an informed choice. An advocate will not tell you what to do or give you advice, but they are there to help you have a voice, take action and have positive changes in your life.
If you think that you, or someone you know, might benefit from advocacy support contact Rebecca Holloway by telephone on 07827444068 or 01354 651222 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org’
NHS Walk-in centre offers fast and convenient access to local NHS advice, information and treatment. They do not replace local G.P. or hospital services but compliment them. All services, treatments and consultations are given by qualified NHS nurses without the need for an appointment. As well as offering treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, the Centre liases closely with mental health assessment teams, and can either help someone with mental health issues/problems or refer them to an appropriate service. All services are offered in person at the centre. The service is available 7 days a week, from 7am – 10pm. The City Care Centre, Thorpe Road Peterborough, are fully accessible to disabled people. Tel: 01733 293800
PALS (patient advice liaison services) Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. When you use mental health services or care for someone who does, you may sometimes need help, information or support.PALS is a confidential Trust service that listens to your concerns and queries and helps sort out problems quickly on your behalf. They can also give you information about mental health services and the NHS, including how to make a complaint and where to get support to do this. If you would like to talk to someone from the PALS team Tel: 0800 3760775
National Self-Help Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; they are self-supporting through their own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
National helpline Tel: 0845 769 7555
Beating Eating Disorders (BEAT) is the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. BEAT is the working name of the Eating Disorders Association. BEATs vision is simple:Eating Disorders will be Beaten. Eating disorders are a serious mental illness affecting 1.1 million people in the UK. BEAT provides helplines for adults and young people, online support and a UK-wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorder. Tel: 0845 6341414
Bristol Crisis Service for Women offers a wide range of services to women. The support line is for women with long-term mental health needs who need to talk through their experiences and feelings including self-injury and sexual abuse . The helpline may also give information about appropriate local services and resources. Tel helpline 0117 925 1119
CALM (Campaign against Living Miserably) Calm targets men between 15 and 35 to raise awareness of depression and encourage them to open up about their problems and seek help. Helpline open Sat – Tues, 5pm to midnight Tel: 0800 585858
Depression Alliance work to relieve and to prevent this treatable condition by providing information and support services to those who are affected by it via their publications, supporter services and network of self-help groups for people affected by depression. Tel: 0845 1232320
Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society (COMBAT STRESS) helps ex-servicemen/women of all ranks of the three services and the Merchant Navy suffering mental disability due to their service career. They have a network of twelve welfare officers who visit at home or hospital, and can help with war pensions and appeals, and have 3 treatment centres in Surrey, Shropshire and Ayrshire offering respite care Tel:01372 841600
First Steps To Freedom offers advice, support and counselling to people who suffer from phobias, general anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, eating disorders and people who wish to come off tranquillisers, can also support their carers. The organisation also produces leaflets, booklets, videos and relaxation tapes. Tel: 0845 120 2916
Hearing Voices Network is a support network for people who hear voices. They produce literature and organise meetings and conferences. There are self-help groups throughout the country. Contact the head office for more information. Tel: 0845 1228641
Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies (IPSS) The IPSS offers a consultation and referral service to people considering psychotherapy. Sliding scale of fees. Low cost therapy is available. The Institute is a member organisation of the UKCP, and abides by the council’s code of ethics. Tel: 0845 271 3303
MDF (The BiPolar Organisation) The Manic Depression Fellowship is the largest self help organisation in the UK for people who experience episodes of manic depression, and their families. They provide advice, support, specialist literature, and information on local self-help groups. Self-help groups offer members the opportunity to meet other people who have been through similar experiences, and they can help lessen the sense of isolation and provide a safe place. Tel: 08456 340540
National Women’s Mental Health Infoline is run by women for women. It provides information for women with mental health difficulties and their carers. Women who are emotionally distressed, people working in the mental health field or anyone with an enquiry about women’s mental health. Includes information on self help and support groups, counselling and therapy organisations, statutory services (e.g. day centres), legal centres, medication and complementary therapies. Tel: 0808 808 6000
NHS Direct is a 24 hour confidential healthcare advice and information helpline. You can speak directly, and in confidence, to experienced nurses and professional advisors about any health problem or enquiry. Using their skills and experience, together with a comprehensive computer system, NHS Direct can provide you with advice on what to do next. Tel: 0845 4647
No Panic You can phone to request an information pack on panic attacks, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder and to find out the number of the day’s phone counsellor Tel: 0808 8080545
OCD Action is an organisation which exists to advance awareness, research and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. You can write to them at the above address for information. You can also subscribe and become a member – for which you receive a regular newsletter, including information about self-help groups. Tel: 0845 390 6232
SANE has three objectives:
- To raise awareness and respect for people with mental illness and their families and secure better services
- To undertake research into the causes of serious mental illness through The Prince of Wales International Centre for SANE Research
- To provide help and information to those experiencing mental health problems, their families and carers through SANEline and SANEmail. Helpline: 0845 767 8000 (1 pm – 11pm)
Young Minds is a national, confidential service for parents and carers who are concerned about the mental health or emotional well-being of a child or young person. Tel 0800 018 2138