If you, or a friend or relative are experiencing mental health problems and need support, then you should contact your GP. Your GP is your family doctor, the doctor you would normally see if you are ill or concerned about any other aspect of your health. They will be able to understand your health concerns and advise you on how to access the most appropriate mental health service in your area.
But if you are looking for wider information on other local mental health related services and support please take a look at the information contained in this page. We hope it is useful to you and/or your relative or friend.
If you have any questions or need more personalised signposting advice, please contact us via email or using the website’s Contact Form.
IAPT/Talking Therapy Providers:
IAPT services are psychological therapy services tailored to people’s needs, and include talking therapies such as counselling or CBT, group approaches, couples therapy and self-help support for people who experience anxiety and depression. IAPT services are free for people to access via the NHS.
There are currently four IAPT providers in Derbyshire accepting new referrals. People who are registered with a Derbyshire GP practice can choose from any of these services. Referrals are accepted from people aged over 18 years old, although people aged between 16 and 18 will be accepted if they are assessed as benefiting from the service.
You are able to refer yourself to one of these talking therapies services at any time. You do not need to speak to your GP first. To refer yourself just click on your chosen provider below and complete their online referral form. Alternatively, you can give them a call.
Support in a Mental Health Crisis:
If you are not safe or think your life might be at risk, or if you feel that you want to end your life, please seek immediate help from the emergency services – call 999.
If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional problems and need to speak to someone right away please do call an urgent mental health support helpline. Mental health emergencies are serious.
Other Mental Health and Wellbeing Websites:
“We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.”
Website: BBC Headroom
Action for Children
“Advice and activities to support children and parents with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.”
Website: Action for Children
“As a key part of the City’s Recovery from the Pandemic the Derby City Partnership is to team up with respected wellbeing and happiness expert, Dr Andy Cope, to launch a unique city-wide wellbeing programme called ‘Brilliant Derby’.”
Website: Brilliant Derby
Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service
“We support people who are having difficulties with their mental health across the whole spectrum of mental illnesses. We do this by offering targeted goal-focused support, developing peer support and volunteer opportunities across Derbyshire, and also peer support groups where there is a need.”
Map of Peer Support Groups across Derby and Derbyshire: Map of Services
“Relate is the UK’s largest provider of relationship support. Relate Derby and Southern Derbyshire’s dedicated team have been supporting local people for over 70 years. Our specially trained counsellors are experienced in working with adults, children and young people. We work closely with Relate Chesterfield, delivering services across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.”
Website: Relate Derby
Website: Relate Chesterfield
Meditation and Relaxation Apps:
There are now a number of meditation and relaxation apps that can help us with slowing down, self care, and even falling asleep. Most are free to use for a trial period or for a basic version of the app, but may then require a subscription to access more content for longer. Here are a few that we have tried, these apps can all be found on the App store and the Android store.
Other Local Charities:
First Steps ED
Call: 01332 367571
“For children and their families, young people, and adults affected by eating difficulties and disorders. First steps works jointly with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust provides home and community supportive interventions from a variety of options agreed by the NHS Care Co-ordinator as part of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) process and may include: social activities, for example going to the cinema or for a walk, confidence building (around your needs), food shopping, preparing meals, eating at home or in public, volunteering and support to get back into work and/or education.”
Widowed and Young
“WAY is the only national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group operating with a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through.”
Derbyshire Victim Services
“We are an independent charity working across Derbyshire to support victims of crime. We work as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s CORE team. This is a group of organisations that have agreed to work together to give the best possible support to victims of crime. All of our services are provided to you free of charge.”
Call: 0800 028 2678
“SAIL Derbyshire is a specialist trauma informed counselling service, supporting over 18’s who have been affected by sexual abuse, sexual violence or incest at any stage in their lives, who reside in the Derbyshire area (including City). SAIL also provides ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) service, which can offer certain practical supports including providing support if someone is going through the criminal justice system.”
Derby Women’s Centre
Call: 01332 341633
“We offer low cost counselling, mental health and domestic violence services (including legal and debt/benefits/housing advice) courses/ workshops to build confidence and improve wellbeing. All of our services are confidential. Creche facilities are available.”
Call: 01457 856675
“Crossroads Derbyshire is a voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to helping women, men and children break free from domestic abuse. We offer a range of confidential support and advisory services to women, men, children and young people suffering the damaging effects of domestic abuse including: Refuge for young women and children needing a safe place to stay;Outreach services for women and men; Community programmes for young people; Counselling for women and men; Specialist services for children”
The Tomorrow Project
Call: 01246 541935
“The Tomorrow Project operates in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire, providing support for people who have been bereaved by suicide. We offer one-to-one, face-to-face, emotional and practical support for anyone that has been bereaved by suicide. We run a free service, offer our support as long as the person requires it and accepts referrals of any age.”
Call: 01773 766922
Age UK Derby and Derbyshire is an independent charity working in Derby and Derbyshire to offer support and services to older people. Including befriending services, day centres, advice and information, and activities and social events to prevent loneliness and isolation.