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These links take you to various statutory bodies, national charities and local self-help groups dealing with mental health issues. There is also a section on various mental health forums.

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Statutory Bodies

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust - The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and some specialist learning disability services throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) - exists to:
     - promote opportunity and independence for all
     - help individuals achieve their potential through employment
     - work to end poverty in all its forms.
DirectGov - A web site for all of the Public services all in one place
The Social Exclusion Unit - The site of the Social Exclusion Unit, part of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

National Charities                                                                                              

Borderline UK - a national user-led network of people within the UK who meet the criteria, or who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or, as it is often known in the UK, Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (Borderline Type)

Manic Depression Fellowship - MDF, The BiPolar Organisation, is a user led charity working to enable people affected by Bipolar disorder/manic depression to take control of their lives.

Mental Health Foundation - The Mental Health Foundation exists to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems
Mentality - the first national team, established in 2000, dedicated solely to the promotion of mental health.
The Mentality team is part of
The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Mind - the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. They work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress

Rethink (formerly NSF) - Rethink is working together to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life

Shaping Our Lives - a user-led organisation whose vision is of an equal and fair society where people have the same opportunities, choices, rights and responsibilities. A society where people have choice and control over the way they live and the support services they use.
National Personality Disorder - a new website dedicated to those suffering from this condition. Their animated clip is very informative
1in4 Forum - a national forum for people dealing with mental health issues and experiences.

Local Self-Help Groups                                                                                      

1in4 - Cambridgeshire's 'Big Bus Project', developed to promoting World Mental Health Day campaigns and events 2008 in and around Cambridgeshire
CIAS - the Cambridge Independent Advocacy Service provides a free, independent and confidential service for anyone with a mental health issue between 17 and 65. For more information email here

Cambridge Manic Depression Fellowship Self-Help Group - provides support to people with manic depression, their families and carers. There are friendly monthly meetings, sometimes with specialist speakers, a newsletter, information and support from other members

Cambridgeshire ULO - A new user led organisation for anyone with support needs including older people, disabled people, carers and people with mental health needs. We are helping to build a stronger user voice and greater choice particularly in relation to the introduction of self directed support.
Cambridgeshire Mind's Partnership - Home and community support service aims to assist individuals who have experience of mental distress to maintain their independence within their community and their daily lives.

Cam-Mind - a voluntary organisation affiliated to Mind. It runs clubs and a befriending scheme for people with mental health problems, and provides supported accommodation to individuals

Coping with Coming Off - Raising awareness, providing support, promoting choice about psychiatric drugs in Cambridgeshire
Friends of Fulbourn Hospital and the Community - The Friends (a voluntary organisation) provide extra facilities at the hospital, organise ward parties and help individual patients. They also aim to increase the awareness of mental health among people outside the hospital. They organise the Forum Lunch Club
Inspire - Wellbeing Through Arts is a Cambridgeshire arts organisation that offers arts opportunties for people with experience of mental health difficulties. Contact Lorraine on 01954 718181 or e-mail
Lifecraft - a local self-help organisation which is run by users and ex-users of mental health services. Various groups, including a social club, and free counselling are available to members, as is 'Frontline News', their quarterly newsletter
Lifeline - Cambridgeshire Mental Health Helpline.
0808 808 2121, open every night 7pm - 11pm, 365 days a year. A confidential helpline for anyone suffering from mental health distress
NSF Cambridge Group - a purely voluntary group run by carers for carers of people with psychotic mental illness in the Cambridge area. For further details contact David Jordan on 01354 652042
Inspire - Wellbeing Through Arts is a Cambridgeshire arts organisation that offers arts opportunties for people with experience of mental health difficulties. Contact Lorraine on 01954 718181 or e-mail.
SCUF - South Cambs Users Forum - The Voice for people in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire who have received mental health care

National and International Self-Help Groups and Websites

Not Bad Mad - Telling it like it is - from the people who know
Service User Survivor Trainers Network
Open Up - Mental Health Media's Anti-discrimination toolkit
Recovery Concepts - leading the way in involving service users (care with the home page as it uses lots of Flash and Javascript)
Counselling Directory - a useful resource for those looking for support or general advice about counselling
Scottish Recovery - a source of stories and activities


Mental Health Forum - a national forum for people dealing with mental health issues and experiences.
Finding Your Marbles - A guide to online mental health forums


Mental Health Forum - a national forum for people dealing with mental health issues and experiences.


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