Mental health

Mental health and wellbeing

Need help right now?

  1. Dial 111
  2. Choose option 2, when prompted
  3. Answer a few questions over the phone

You'll then receive fast and responsive support from NHS mental health professionals, which can include a same-day mental health assessment, if needed.

NHS 111 is the first point of contact for any adults, children or young people in urgent need of mental health help.

About mental health

Mental health is about the way we think and feel and our ability to deal with life's ups and downs.

Anyone can suffer from a mental health issue: at least one in six people will experience a mental health problem in any one year. Mental health-related illness is the leading cause of long-term absence from work.

There are lots of things we can do to help ourselves to develop good mental health and to manage how we respond to situations to minimise risks to our health and wellbeing.

Self-help information and support

The five steps to wellbeing (link opens in new window) can make you feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.

Five steps to wellbeing

The Mental Health Foundation (link opens in new window) provides advice and information about how to look after your mental health, including its top ten tips to look after your mental health (link opens in new window).

Mental health self-help guides (link opens in new window) on a range of topics are also available to download from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Milton Keynes Council has information on the See the Signs, Save a Life (link opens in new window) campaign, which highlights how to support someone with suicidal thoughts.


You can call the Samaritans (link opens in new window) on 08457 90 90 90.

Support for children


The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) (link opens in new window)

CAMHS provides outpatient assessments, support and treatment for children and young people up to the age of 18 experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems. The service works to provide them with a greater knowledge of their condition and improve coping techniques.

Self-referrals are not accepted. Referrals are accepted from your GP, health professional, social worker, teacher or youth worker.

Central Bedfordshire CAMHS (North) (link opens in new window)

Telephone: 01234 310800 (available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Central Bedfordshire CAMHS (South) (link opens in new window)

Telephone: 01582 707635 (available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)


CHUMS mental health and emotional wellbeing service for children and young people (link opens in new window) offers therapeutic support for children and young people with a variety of mental health and wellbeing needs.

Telephone: 01525 863924

Support for adults

If you, a friend or relative are experiencing mental health problems for the first time and need emergency treatment or advice during office hours, then you should contact your/their GP. They will be able to refer to the most appropriate mental health service in your area.

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service (link opens in new window) offers a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support to help you feel better. Self-referrals are accepted via the website or by telephone, or contact your GP to arrange a referral.

Telephone: 01234 880400 (8am to 8pm Monday, and from 8am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday.)

Bedfordshire and Luton Recovery Service

In partnership with East London Foundation Partnership Trust (ELFT) and The University of Bedfordshire, Recovery Colleges offer a wide range of free courses and workshops to everyone living and working in Bedfordshire and Luton, which are recovery focused, and aim to provide strategies and techniques for individuals to use in their daily lives to promote self management.

Telephone: 01234 263621


MIND BLMK (link opens in new window) is a local mental health charity, with a positive and holistic approach to promoting mental wellbeing.

Telephone: 0300 330 0648