Mental health advice and information

Local and national organisations that can help you with your mental health.
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Local support

The Mental Health Number

For local support and services give one of NHFT's friendly mental health navigators a call, any time of the day or night. Lines available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

0800 448 0828

Changing Minds IAPT

You can also refer yourself to the NHFT Changing Minds IAPT service. IAPT is for anyone aged 17 and half and over with mild to moderate depression and/or an anxiety disorder. It can be accessed via an online referral form (where you can also request an interpreter if needed). There is also an option to complete programmes via an online portal called SilverCloud (both these options allow individuals to interact without using the telephone, and then appointments can be made via text or email).

Mental health Crisis Cafés

Crisis Cafés are an easily accessible service available in the evenings and/or at weekends for people who are finding themselves in a crisis or need support with their mental health. The main aim is to support people to reduce immediate crisis and to safety plan; drawing on strengths, resilience, and coping mechanisms to manage people's mental health and wellbeing.

These are facilitated by a mental health professional and a Local Mind peer support worker who will provide support and safety to the person in need, by offering coping mechanisms and management techniques to help reduce the risk of crisis. As well as offering support, professionals can also refer and signpost to the further services if required. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) and the Local Minds are working together to offer free Crisis Cafés across Northamptonshire for anyone over the age of 18.

There is no need to call and book an appointment, simply drop into a location on the date/times specified to receive support and find your safe place with hope and comfort.

Click here for the current timetable

Local services for young people and their mental health

There are local services available to help you or someone you know.

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Mental Health Northants Collaboration

The Mental Health Northants Collaboration has a directory containing a wide range of mental health information and is designed to make accessing information as straightforward as possible.

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Courses to promote positive mental health and wellbeing

Learn2b are offering courses to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, which are free to individuals experiencing any form of mental health issue and do not need a referral.

See available courses

National contacts


Mind Infoline provides information on a range of topics including types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy.

Phone: 0300 123 3393


Text: 86463

Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS

Mind Legal Advice Line provides legal information and general advice on the law about mental health, for example, mental capacity, community care, human rights, discrimination and equality.

Phone: 0300 466 6463


Post: Mind Legal line, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS

NHS Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters offers a range of resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support. It also has a free NHS-approved online tool the Every Mind Matters Your Mind Plan.

Find out more


Rethink provide practical advice and information about issues such as different types of therapy and medication, benefits, debt, money issues, the police, courts and prison and your rights under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other laws.

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Pandas Foundation

Pandas Foundation offers advice and support to individuals, their families and carers experiencing pre and post-natal depression.

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Together is a national charity working with people with mental health issues. Their services include advocacy and support groups.

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Sane provides practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems, their family, friends and carers. They can help you consider options for support or action.

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Counselling Directory

This website is a confidential service that encourages those in need to seek help and to connect individuals with qualified counsellors in the UK. The site contains information on the common reasons people turn to counselling, as well as articles, news, and events. All the counsellors have provided the site with proof of membership with a professional body.

Note: This page links to private providers and inclusion here is not an endorsement or otherwise of those services.

Counselling Directory


YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Find out more, their mission and how they work. If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support.

Visit website Find out more about YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

Getting help to overcome abuse: a quick guide for young people receiving support

Getting help to overcome abuse: a quick guide for young people receiving support. - "You don’t have to live in silence, feel trapped or be alone any more." The guide helps young people to understand what is meant by abuse and neglect and describes how they might feel because of their experience. There are also links to other organisations that can help.

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