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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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. Counselling is provided by a team of fully trained, experienced and friendly volunteer counsellors.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford

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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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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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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

Wherever possible we aim to provide short-term interventions of between 3 months and two years. In that time we would aim to support patients to understand their mental disorder, recognise the signs and symptoms that might indicate deteriorating mental health and learn how to maintain their mental wellbeing.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Health & Wellbeing Bedfordshire

Health & Wellbeing Bedfordshire

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

Through talking therapies we will help you get to the root of your problems and to manage and overcome your difficulties.

Areas of Operation:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton

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Total Wellbeing Luton

Total Wellbeing Luton

01582 393130
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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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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napac

napac

0808 801 0331

Our vision is of a society in which every adult survivor of childhood abuse in the UK can access the support they need, when they need it. We believe that every individual has the right to leave the impact of childhood abuse behind, grow as a person and enjoy a happy and fulfilled adult life.

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.

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

HOPELINEUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone who is concerned about a young person.

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:
Bedford, Central Beds, Luton, National

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Qwell

Qwell

Online counselling and well-being for adults

Areas of Operation:
National

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Recovery College

Recovery College

01234 273479
recoverycollege@elft.nhs.uk

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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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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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 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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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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