Health & Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing is vital and that’s why Direction for Bedfordshire has a dedicated section so that you can find what you need to help you stay healthy.

Our service will enable you to access healthcare services in your area, whether you need to find a local GP, dentist, get assisted living information, contact care specialists, find out about home care, health screening or to get advice on alcohol use, drug rehabilitation and mental health treatment.

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Active Luton

Active Luton

01582 256000
info@activeluton.co.uk

As a Community Wellbeing Trust, Active Luton’s mission is to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of its community, inspiring, motivating and offering opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to learn and take action to improve their life chances. Active Luton runs facilities and provides a wide range of high-quality programmes and activities.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Anger Management

Anger Management

0345 1300 286

If you find that your anger is costing you far too much in relation to your family, career and health, then perhaps it's time you examine it by booking onto one of our anger management programmes in a location practical for you. We know you'll be amazed by just how much you'll learn.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Bedford Counselling & Training

Bedford Counselling & Training

01234 219905
enquiries@bcat-team.org.uk

Bedford Counselling & Training (BCaT) offer one to one counselling services and group therapy for adults over the age of 18. Our counsellors work within British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ethical guidelines and they are all members of BACP or an alternative recognised professional organisation.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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Bedford Open Door

Bedford Open Door

01234 360388 / 07922105200
counselling@bedfordopendoor.org.uk

Bedford Open Door is a charity providing FREE and confidential counselling to young people in Bedford and the surrounding areas. Counselling is provided by a team of fully trained, experienced and friendly volunteer counsellors. There is an appointment system and also some drop in sessions.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service

01234 880 400
elt-tr.bedfordiapt@nhs.net

The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service offers a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support to help you feel better.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Bipolar

Bipolar

0333 323 3880
info@bipolaruk.org

Supporting people affected by bipolar.

Areas of Operation:
National

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CALM

CALM

0800 58 58 58

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. The webchat service is open between 5pm and midnight everyday.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Caraline

Caraline

01582 457474
admin@caraline.com

Welcome to Caraline. It is our mission to support individuals living with an eating disorder along with their family and friends, we have been doing this for 26 years.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Chums

Chums

01525 863924
info@chumscharity.org

CHUMS currently delivers nine services across Luton & Bedfordshire, although not all are available in both areas. Supporting children and young people is at the heart of everything we do, and we are passionate about supporting as many children and young people as we can. We recognise that one size does not fit all which is one of the reasons why we have developed our unique service model.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Combat Stress

Combat Stress

0800 138 1619
helpline@combatstress.org.uk

We are Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The work we do is life-changing and often life-saving. No one else does what we do.

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Community Eating Disorder Service

Community Eating Disorder Service

01582 709066
elt-tr.eatingdisorder.service@nhs.net

The aim of the Community Eating Disorders Service (CEDS) is to work with service users whose problems are at the most serious or severe range of presenting concerns. In this sense we are a specialist service.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory

0333 325 2500

A nationwide database of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Also provides advice and FAQ's around counselling.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Counselling Foundation

Counselling Foundation

01234 346 077 / 01582 732450
bedford@counsellingfoundation.org

The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity that has provided counselling and counsellor training for the better mental health of our communities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for over forty years.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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ELFT – Bedford East/West CMHT

ELFT – Bedford East/West CMHT

01234 880411

NHS Community Mental Health Team covering Bedfordshire.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Green Light Community Food Workshops CIC

Green Light Community Food Workshops CIC

info@greenlightcfw.co.uk

The aim of this project is to work with local teenagers, young mums and vulnerable people to introduce them to healthy food choices and the importance of food hygiene in relation to buying and preparing breakfast, lunches and snacks and main meals.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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Healthwatch Bedford Borough

Healthwatch Bedford Borough

01234 718 018
enquiries@healthwatchbedfordborough.co.uk

We are commissioned by Bedford Borough Council to be the local consumer champion for publicly funded health and social care. It delivers services which can be summarised as: Influencing – helping shape the planning of health and social care services, & Signposting – helping people access and make choices about care

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire

Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire

0300 303 8554
info@healthwatch-centralbedfordshire.org.uk

Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire is the local consumer champion promoting choice and influencing the provision of high quality health, social care and wellbeing services for all across Central Bedfordshire.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds

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Healthwatch Luton

Healthwatch Luton

01582 817060
info@healthwatchluton.co.uk

Healthwatch Luton is an independent local consumer champion bringing together people’s views and experiences to improve health and social care. We provide effective information, advice and signposting for people to support their choices about health and social care services.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Hear2Listen

Hear2Listen

01767 319505

Hear2Listen is a regional, non-profit organisation providing a range of professional services designed to increase the emotional wellbeing of young people, supporting them in overcoming barriers that prevent living healthy and fulfilling lives. Since 2012, we have worked with over 4,000 young people across Bedfordshire and have recently started delivering services in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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iCASH Bedfordshire

iCASH Bedfordshire

0300 300 3030

Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health services. The service is free, confidential and non-judgemental. Located at Dunstable Priory and Kings Brook Bedford

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds

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Impact Mental Health Peer Support

Impact Mental Health Peer Support

01582 797596

Impact hold two different courses to support people with their mental health issues, the YOU programme and YOUR recovery pathways programme are both are available to residents in Bedford and Central Beds and are available free of charge.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds

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Luton Sexual Health

Luton Sexual Health

01582 497070

Located on 2nd Floor of Arndale House delivering sexual health advice, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI), assessment of symptoms, treatment for STIs and other genital conditions, full range of contraceptive options including condoms and signing up to the condom card scheme

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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MIND – Bedfordshire

MIND – Bedfordshire

0300 330 0648​​
hq@mind-blmk.org.uk

Mind BLMK is the leading independent, sustainable and highly effective organisation that is making a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. We do this by offering a wide range of services and products which are competitively tailored to meet the needs of local people

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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MindLine Trans+

MindLine Trans+

0300 330 5468

MindLine Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as Transgender, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary. We are also here to support family members and friends and to provide signposting to other services and resources. This is a national helpline so anyone in the UK can access this support.

Areas of Operation:
National

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napac

napac

0808 801 0331

NAPAC offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. They offer a support helpline and also support groups for adult survivors.

Areas of Operation:
National

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National AIDS Trust

National AIDS Trust

020 7814 6767
info@nat.org.uk

NAT (National AIDS Trust) is dedicated to transforming the UK's response to HIV. We champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change—shaping attitudes, challenging ​injustice, and changing lives. Have a look at their website if you have any concerns about HIV and Aids.

Areas of Operation:
National

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National Self Harm Network (NSHN)

National Self Harm Network (NSHN)

The aims of this forum are to: Support individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life Support and provide information for family and carers of individuals who self harm Raise awareness of the needs of people who self harm, dispel myths and combat discrimination Empower and enable those that self harm to seek alternatives to self harm and further help where appropriate

Areas of Operation:
National

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Papyrus/HOPELineUK

Papyrus/HOPELineUK

0800 068 41 41
pat@papyrus-uk.org

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. We provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK. This includes anyone under the age of 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned about a young person who may be thinking about suicide.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Putnoe Medical Centre

Putnoe Medical Centre

01234 319992 / 01234 319994

93 Queens Drive, Putnoe, Bedford, MK41 9JE Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm The Walk-In Centre is open daily to all NHS patients 365 days a year. This facility is open to anyone who needs urgent medical care for minor illness or injuries. Routine prescriptions cannot be provided.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

Project NOVA

Project NOVA

0800 917 7299
info.nst@projectnova.org.uk

Founded in 1885 and operating across the UK, we have the specialist knowledge and understanding to bridge the gap between military life and civilian employment. We exist to provide life-long, life-changing support, jobs and training opportunities to service leavers and veterans irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Qwell

Qwell

Online counselling and well-being for adults. Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm / Saturday – Sunday6pm – 10pm

Areas of Operation:
National

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Recovery College

Recovery College

01234 263621
elft.recoverycollege@nhs.net

The college is open to any adults who live or work in Bedfordshire and Luton. Our courses and workshops focus on mental health wellbeing and recovery. They are delivered by people with lived experience and professional experience. All the courses and workshops are free and they are currently running a prospectus for May to August 2019 for adults with mental health needs. The team are available to have a phone conversation with service users to discuss what suitable programmes are on offer.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Samaritans

Samaritans

116 123

We're working together to make sure fewer people die by suicide. Every six seconds, we respond to a call for help. No judgement. No pressure. We're here for anyone who needs someone. In addition to the services we provide, an important part of our work is understanding and challenging the social elements that impact suicide.

Areas of Operation:
National

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SANE

SANE

020 3805 1790
info@sane.org.uk

SANE is a UK-wide charity working to improve quality of life for people affected by mental illness. SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through our helpline and email services and our online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences. The personalised service of Textcare provides emotional support and connection at the times you need it most with bespoke one-way messages directly to your mobile phone.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Sorted

Sorted offers a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counselling service for young people aged between 10 and 25 years.

Areas of Operation:
Central Beds

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SSAFA

SSAFA

0800 731 4880

SSAFA helps the armed forces community in a number of ways, though our focus is on providing direct support to individuals in need of physical or emotional care. Addiction, relationship breakdown, debt, homelessness, post-traumatic stress, depression and disability are all issues that can affect our members of our Armed Forces community. Many of these problems only become apparent when an individual has to leave their life in the Forces and join ‘Civvy Street’. SSAFA is committed to helping our brave men and women overcome these problems, and rebuild their lives.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Stronger Families Luton

Stronger Families Luton

01582 548231
strongerfamiliesteam@luton.gov.uk

Stronger Families is the Luton programme for the National Troubled Families initiative. Through a Family Partner, it is a gateway to a range of additional support tailored to the needs of the family. The aim of the programme is to help families achieve significant and sustained progress in overcoming their difficulties.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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SupportLine

SupportLine

01708 765200
info@supportline.org.uk

We offer confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post. We work with callers to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, an inner feeling of strength and increased self esteem to encourage healing, recovery and moving forward with life. We also keep details of counsellors, agencies and support groups throughout the UK.

Areas of Operation:
National

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Terence Higgins Trust

Terence Higgins Trust

0808 802 1221
info@tht.org.uk

We're the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity. We support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.

Areas of Operation:
National

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The Disability Resource Centre

The Disability Resource Centre

01582 470 900

We are here for people affected by disability or with a long term health condition; carers, friends and professionals too.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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The Enable Project

The Enable Project

01582 433764
info@theenableproject.co.uk

The Enable Project is a groundbreaking initiative which promotes real inclusion for people with learning disabilities, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and mental health conditions. We provide safe and friendly support as participants of all ages take part in daily activities to develop their skills and confidence.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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The Hepatitis C Trust

The Hepatitis C Trust

020 7089 6221
helpline@hepctrust.org.uk

The Hepatitis C Trust is the national UK charity for hepatitis C with offices in London and Falkirk. It has been operating since 2001. It is a patient-led and patient-run organisation: most of our board, staff, and volunteers have had hepatitis C and have cleared it after treatment.

Areas of Operation:
National

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The HOPE Programme

The HOPE Programme

0300 365 1045

The Hope Programme offers a telephone support line, information, counselling and coaching to people over 10 years of age in Bedfordshire who have suffered rape and sexual violence at any point in their lives.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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The Ollie Foundation

The Ollie Foundation

07715 311891
contactus@theolliefoundation.org

OLLIE is a charity dedicated to delivering suicide awareness, intervention and prevention training by empowering professionals and young adults in their own communities to lead suicide prevention activities. It is widely accepted in society that with appropriate support and education, suicide can be prevented.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Total Wellbeing Luton

Total Wellbeing Luton

0300 555 4152
info@totalwellbeingluton.org

Total Wellbeing supports people living in Luton who want to improve their physical and emotional health.

Areas of Operation:
Luton

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Town Centre Surgery Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC)

Town Centre Surgery Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC)

01582 709290

Town Centre GP Surgery, 14-16 Chapel Street, Luton, Beds, LU1 2SE Open every day 8am – 8pm, patients are taken by appointment from 6pm each evening

Areas of Operation:
Luton

Youth Inspired

Youth Inspired

01234 480980
carolyn@youthinspired.org.uk

A community organisation enabling people with Learning Difficulties, Disabilities or Mental Health conditions to progress and achieve through training and support.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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