Mental Health

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Further information is available from The World Health Organisation.

Mental health difficulties are now very common, one in four of us will have problems with our mental wellbeing at some time in our lives.

Mental Health Commissioning Strategy 2014 to 2019

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Your first port of call should be to contact your GP. They will either provide you with an appropriate intervention or direct you to the most appropriate provider. Mental health services in Peterborough are provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).  

If you have mental health difficulties there are people who can provide advice, treatment, care and ongoing support to help you live at home. These may be nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, recovery workers, advocates or wellbeing workers. Whether you are going through some emotional stress or have long term mental health problems they can help with:

Support can also provide specialist treatment and services, arrange residential, nursing home stays, other day care support and rehabilitation. 

If you feel that you need to talk through issues immediately, you can call Samaritans on 08457 909090. This service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Support groups

If you are a carer for someone with mental health problems, Carers Trust UK provide a host of support programmes locally. 

There is legislation that covers the support and care of people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care or treatment, which is called The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards which is part of the Mental Capacity Act.

Mental Capacity Act 2005

There is legislation that covers the support and care of people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care or treatment, which is called the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are part of the Act and they aim to protect people in care homes, hospitals and supported living from being inappropriately deprived of their liberty.

The safeguards have been put in place to make sure that a care home, hospital or authority arranging supported living only restricts someone's liberty safely and correctly, and that this is done when there is no other way to take care of that person safely.