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New mental health services for young people

Recently updated children and adolescents mental health sevices

Children and Adolescents’ Mental Health services are changing to better meet the needs of young people. The changes are based on a framework of care called i-THRIVE.

HERE:NOW – (13-25 years

There are now drop-in sessions available in Peterborough and Huntingdon which are suitable for those aged between 13-25 years old which provide a place to go when young people need someone to talk to confidentially. They can turn up without an appointment and get information and advice as well as one-to-one counselling, or join a workshop on things like Mindfulness. The drop-ins are being run by Huntingdon Locality Early Help Team and Peterborough Local Youth Team and Centre 33.

Opening Times & Locations:

  • Peterborough Central Library (upstairs), Broadway, Peterborough -  open between 2pm and 5pm every Friday. Click here for poster
  • Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon -  open between 2pm and 8pm every Thursday. Click here for poster

KOOTH -  https://kooth.com

(11-25 years) is a confidential and anonymous online service for young people, specifically developed to make it easy and safe for young people to access mental health support as and when they need it, while removing any associated stigma. Once signed up, Kooth users have access to BACP trained counsellors available until 10pm, 365 days a year, peer-to-peer support through moderated forums, and a range of self-help materials, co-written by other young people. Any young person aged 11 – 25th birthday with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough postcode can access the service for free. 

NHS 111 option 2

Call 111 and press option 2 for the First Response Service - a 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Specially-trained mental health staff will speak to you and discuss with you your mental health care needs – instead of you having to go to accident and emergency departments of local acute hospitals. 

The Sanctury (Cambridge and Peterborough)

If you are over the age of 16 you can access the Sanctuary in Cambridge or Peterborough - People in crisis across the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be able to access Sanctuary support. Staffed by mental health charity Mind, the Sanctuary offers people practical and emotional support between 6pm and 1am and is accessible by referral from the First Response Service. You can watch a tour of the Cambridge Sanctuary by clicking here

PRISM  is for anyone aged between 17-65 years with mental ill health 

The Primary Care Mental Health Service is a new service and has now been rolled out more than half the surgeries in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (as of November 2017). The service provides specialist mental health support in GP surgeries so that people with mental ill health can access prompt advice and support.  Find out more... 

A NEW AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER SERVICE for young people(12-18 years) due to start in autumn 2017.

This will be run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust who will provide an assessment and intervention service for young people aged 12 - 18 years old.  Find out more...

CAMH 17 - CPFT has also confirmed a new CAMH 17 service for young people between child and adult services.

Adult mental health services officially start at 17, but as part of improvements to increase the support available, some young people will be able to continue with children’s services until they are 18. The trust is recruiting new staff to help support young people who are moving from children’s mental health services to adult mental health services. Decisions on which young people remain with children’s services and which move to adult services will be made in collaborations with families.

Keep Your Head - http://www.keep-your-head.com

This website is a central point for information on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This site signposts you to important online information and local services on mental health and wellbeing for young people. It’s for children, young people, parents, carers, teachers and other professionals.

New mental health service for young people

A new mental health service for children and young people will launch in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in early 2018. The service is designed to help young people deal with issues such as anxiety, depression and self-harm. It will be run by mental health service CHUMS. Find out more..

What Healthwatch has done

In the last two years we have talked to young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough about mental health care to find out what would best help them. This work has been funded by our local mental health commissioners. 

We are keeping in touch with the commissioners to see how young people’s opinions are being taken into account within the re-design of the services. Here are the reports we have published after talking to young people locally. 


Last updated 14 November 2017

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