world mental health day

World Mental Health Day (10th October 2016)

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World Mental Health Day is observed on 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day.

But an ill-informed and damaging attitude among some people exists around mental health that can make it difficult for some to seek help. It is estimated that only about a quarter of people with a mental health problem in the UK receive ongoing treatment, leaving the majority of people grappling with mental health issues on their own, seeking help or information, and dependent on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.



Mental Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing is an important part of everyday life just as much as physical health. It helps to handle everyday life. In fact, a person with a diagnosed mental health problem can have positive mental wellbeing with the right support. Mental wellbeing does not stay the same as lives and circumstances change. There are many influences on an individual’s wellbeing, for example work pressures, bereavement, physical illness, drugs and alcohol and many more. There are many ways to improve mental wellbeing:



Build connections with those around you – family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. They could be at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of life and time invested in developing them can help to support you in many aspects of your life.


Be active

Exercising makes you feel good; finding a physical activity that suits you can be very rewarding. It could help with sleep problems and make you feel better.


Keep learning

Try something new:

  • Rediscover an old interest
  • Sign up for a taster course Adult and Community Education and Learning
  • Take on a different responsibility at work
  • Fix a bike
  • Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food
  • Set a challenge and enjoy achieving. Learning new things can make you more confident as well as being fun.



Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or join a community group; linking and working with the wider community can be incredibly satisfying and creates connections with interesting people who can inspire you.


Seek Support

talking therapies


Talking Therapies is a service that offers help and support to people in Berkshire suffering with depression or anxiety based problems. The service is easy to access and offers telephone support along with face to face therapy at local GP surgeries and health centres.

Talking Therapies can be contacted by:

Tel: 0300 3652000

Email: [email protected]


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Anxiety and Depression


Do you think that you might be depressed? Are you suffering of anxiety or panic attacks? Are there unresolved issues in your life?

When your GP surgery is closed their answerphone will direct you to the right place or you can contact NHS 111.

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm then please call the Police or Ambulance Service on 999.


Private Counselling

There are a variety of independent counsellors for patients who have private insurance.  Find a therapist that is registered with the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.


Books on Prescription

Bracknell Library runs an extremely successful book section for patients with mental health problems called “Books on Prescription”. This is particularly useful for patients who are not ready for counselling, those who want to do things in their own time or those who find it difficult to let a third person into their lives.


Positive People Company

Going through difficult times? Call and they can provide practical advice and specialist emotional support. Download their Making life run more smoothly leaflet or visit their website:


Other Organisations

  • Youthline (Bracknell) – 01344 311200 – free counselling service for 8 – 24 year olds
  • ARC (Wokingham) – 0118 9776710 – free counselling for all ages
  • Samaritans (Bracknell) – 01344 455556
  • 3 Counties Counselling Service – 0844 800 2792 (£35, concessions available)


Specialist Counselling

  • Relate (Relationship guidance – Bracknell) – 0118 987 6161
  • Cruse (Bereavement counselling – Bracknell) – 0844 477 9400
  • Victim Support (crime victims & witnesses – Bracknell) – 01344 309388
  • Mothertongue Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Listening (Reading) – 0118 957 6393



The Community Mental Health Team and Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults

The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) and Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults (CMHTOA) are integrated teams made up of Health and Social Services staff, providing support to people living in Bracknell Forest with severe and enduring mental illness including dementia. For a referral to these teams you must see your GP.



There are a range of specialist services within the CMHT. These are:


  • Early Interventions Psychosis (EIP). This service offers intensive assessment and support to people aged 16-35 with first presentation psychosis.
  • Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP). The AMHP provides advice and assessment under the Mental Health Act 1983 for the whole population of Bracknell Forest regardless of age.
  • Mother and Baby. A practitioner with specialist interest in post-natal psychosis co-ordinates community and in-patient care.
  • STaR (Support, Time and Recovery) Workers. STaR workers provide support for clients to promote recovery and social inclusion based on individual needs.
  • Glenfield House, owned by Bracknell Forest Homes, offers accommodation for people with mental health problems and support from a team of staff who also provide support to people in the community.
  • East Berkshire Urgent Care Team offers out-of-hours support to open cases and urgent new referrals.



Bracknell Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults (CMHTOA) is a specialist team funded by both Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Bracknell Forest Council integrating both health and social care professionals. We provide a community based service to meet the needs of older people in Bracknell.  Referrals are mainly from GPs and social services.


Our objectives are to:

  • Provide early detection, diagnosis and treatment of dementia and other mental health conditions
  • Advise on the management of mental health problems
  • Promote good mental health
  • Encourage and support older people to live safely in their own home as long as possible
  • Support carers
  • Assessing and meeting the short and long term needs of older people


CMHT(OA) offer:

  • Home Treatment Team (HTT). This is an alternative to admission to hospital service which provides short-term intervention of up to 12 weeks.
  • Memory Clinics – to assist in the diagnosis and assessment of dementia, including treatment with medication if appropriate
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Carers’ Support Groups
  • Carers’ Education Course
  • Lifestyle Matters Course
  • Social Work – to provide advice and information to meet social care needs, e.g. home care packages, short breaks, financial and benefit advice, care management


Community Mental Health Services – including community psychiatric nurses (CPNs), who are nurses based in the community who visit people in their own homes. They can advise on and monitor the effects of medication, give advice on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and mental health conditions, and provide support to carers. Occupational Therapy and Psychology provide specialist assessment, treatment and therapeutic intervention to people and their carers in their own home. They offer individual or joint therapy with people offering a range of interventions.

Common conditions treated: services are for people with severe and / or enduring conditions: bipolar disorder (manic depression); dementia; depression; obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); panic; personality disorders; phobias; schizophrenia; serious self harm.

Access this service through: care coordinator; GP / local doctor referral; specialist mental health services; local authority services.

Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)
Church Hill House
51 – 52 Turing Drive
RG12 7FR
Tel: 01344 823333 (CMHT) or 01344 823220 (CMHTOA)