Help with stress and worry
Mental health support
Constant money concerns can sometimes leave you feeling distressed and worried about your mental wellbeing. If you are in this situation, there are local organisations with years of experience supporting people in such circumstances who can help you. Contact them before matters reach crisis point.
Mind (Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes) (link opens in new window): Contact the charity for confidential help on a range of mental health issues. It also runs support groups in several areas of Central Bedfordshire including Ampthill, Biggleswade, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard.
Mind BLMK Ampthill
Ampthill Methodist Church
Chandos Road (off Dunstable Street)
Telephone: 07707 253511
St Andrew’s Church
Telephone: 07561 185495
Mind BLMK Dunstable
5 Regent Street
Telephone: 01582 709226
Mind BLMK Leighton Buzzard
Ground Floor, Arden House
Telephone: 01525 382847 / 07787 433494
For more information call their main line 0300 330 0648 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Age UK Bedfordshire
If you are an older person and you feel you need free and impartial mental health support get in touch with the charity. For more information or to book an appointment, find them on:
Telephone: 01234 360510
Visit Age UK Bedfordshire's website (link opens in new window)
Samaritans (link opens in new window) offers 24-hour confidential non-judgemental emotional support, for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Call them on: 116 123.
Other useful mental health contacts
- contact your GP (find your local GP surgery (link opens in new window)) if you are in distress. If the surgery is closed, there will be an out-of-hours or emergency number on their answering machine.
- North and Mid Beds Crisis Team: 01234 315691
- Luton and South Beds Crisis Team: 01582 556971
Both crisis teams operate a referral service. Speak to your GP, A&E department, community mental health teams, or community nurse if you need to be referred.
- accident and emergency hospital department: If you feel suicidal and would like to see a professional urgently, visit your local hospital accident and emergency department. There will be a duty psychiatrist available to assess your needs and assist in finding the necessary support
- non-emergency NHS helpline: 111 – You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation
- emergency services: 999 – If you or somebody else is at risk due to a mental health crisis, you should ring for the police or an ambulance