Students support our service users in their own video
Two social work students who have an interest in talking about mental health, used their ‘downtime’ during a university placement to create a video about this important topic, developing new insight and skills in the process.
Rosabella Johnson – from London – and Holly Barr – from Northampton – are currently studying the MA in Social Work at the University of Northampton. As part of their degree, they are currently on placement with Mind Northampton.
Their daily duties see them put their knowledge and skills from the classroom into practise, supporting our service users who are experiencing mental health difficulties and struggling to overcome these on their own.
Greatest Test for Mental Health this year
Sarah Hillier, CEO, is flying the flag for access to mental health services; speaking to the Northampton Chronicle Sarah said:
"We are facing the greatest test of our mental health this year. There is an urgent need for a Winter Mental Health Support Package now from the Government."
To read the full article click here:
It is vital we look after our mental well-being.
At #northamptonshiremind we have teamed up with Lisa at Yoga Pebbles to offer yoga - mindfulness - meditation - relaxation for families.
Saturday October 10th 2020 is World Mental Health Day
THE countdown is on – five days to go before we mark World Mental Health Day.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time on any day of the year, but this Saturday – October 10 - is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own well-being.
World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.
That is why this year we want to bring everyone together to mark the day by each doing one thing for better mental health.
Making positive change can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times.
And sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Take the opportunity this World Mental Health Day to find out more about how you can start with one thing.
For more on World Mental Health Day and how you can #DoOneThing visit our page here
A fantastic and touching fundraising appeal from Kettering United FC. Thankyou so much to all Billy's friends, family and colleagues
New Online Anxiety Course
Walk a million miles for Mind
Luke and Charney - One Million Steps for Mind - walking one million steps for Mind, Northampton. for Northampton and District Mind because To raise funds for mental health services. Visit the link below to read their full fundraising story:
Please do support Luke and Charney if you are able - we are grateful to all our dedicated and generous fundraisers and supporters –
A Touching Tribute
Family, friends and football colleagues of Billy Trusler held a charity match in Finedon on Sunday (August 23) in his memory and raised an incredible £1,170 for Mind.
It was a moving day - we would like to thank all who took part.
Keep watching our site for more updates.
Mind Crisis Cafes are changing/extending their opening times!!!
If you find yourself in crisis or need support with your mental health in the evening and/or weekend we are here to listen and help you in your time of need.
Mind Cafés have professional mental health workers who can offer you a safe space.
Our aim is to support people to reduce any immediate crisis and to safety plan; drawing on strengths, resilience, and coping mechanisms to manage their mental health and wellbeing.
There is no need to call, just drop in to find a safe place with hope and comfort and find your pathway to recovery.
For more information please visit Crisis Cafe's
Today we helped fight abuse in Northamptonshire by sharing this message. Will you?
Northampton and District Mind's
Well done and thankyou from the bottom of hearts - we have hit our £1,000 target but we are only just halfway through our 20-day challenge, so if you can help or donate, please do - here's the link - https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/20Day
Drawings from Sandi Patterson - BBO Working Mentor
Cycling for 20 mins a day, Bernie Print -Mental Health Support Worker
Drawings from Sandi Patterson - BBO Working Mentor
BBC Radio Northampton featured us raising funds here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08jflcg have a listen at one hour, 20 minutes in!
The last few months have been difficult for many people for a variety of different reasons.
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit communities and led to many people suffering with anxiety, isolation and despair.
Here at Northampton and District Mind, we have had to cancel or suspend many services at a time when people need us more than ever. However, the generosity of companies and individuals has allowed us to adapt and provide services for people who need us and we are truly grateful.
We have now launched our 20-Day Challenge. Our staff, volunteers and service users have come up with a host of ideas to fundraise from July 6th.
So far, the Mind staff taking part in the 20-Day challenge are:
Paul Marshall will be drumming for 20 minutes every day for 20 days
Tiggi Neal will be playing the piano for 20 minutes every day for 20 days
Bernie Print will be cycling for 20 minutes every day for 20 days
Nick Tite will be following the Joe Wicks workout every day for 20 days.
Trina Inwood will be giving up chocolate for 20 days.
Sue Young will be walking for 20 minutes every day.
Sandi Patterson will be designing 20 cartoons.
Alex Osamu will be running for 20 mins every day for 20 days
Absolutely amazing - although we shouldn't be surprised at the kindness and dedication of all our staff, volunteers and supporters - we have hit our target on our 20 Day Challenge in four days.
With that astonishing achievement in mind, we have upped the target to £1,000. Thankyou so, so much everyone - here is the link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/20Day
Please see our Just Giving Page for a full list of those taking part: justgiving.com/campaign/20Day
Photographs will be taken, ensuring that we hold each other to our pledges.
If you would like to take part too, drop us an email to and we will add your details to the list of brave contenders.
Exciting News !!!
NEW Northamptonshire Mind
We are delighted to announce that four Local MIND charities have now merged forming Northamptonshire MIND.
Northampton & District (includes Brackley, Daventry & Towcester)
This will enable us in time to share resources, skills and experience to improve quality and breadth of services and become financially sustainable for the long term.
We do not anticipate any interruption to our service delivery and you will continue to see and to use each Local Mind service as you do now.
If you have any questions please do let us know by either talking to us directly through
01604 312116 / or by emailing email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Northamptonshire Mind cover the whole County?
No, we do not cover Kettering District, there is a separate Local Mind there who we work closely with.
2. I usually deal with my local service manager, is there a new point of contact now?
No, there are no changes to our local service delivery.
3. My Local Mind is delivering a contract for me, is anything changing?
Nothing is changing straight away, we will contact you directly if any changes need to be discussed with you.
4. Is my Local Mind closing now the merger has happened?
No, your Local Mind will start to work with others more closely and we hope this will provide even more services for the local community
5. Do I need to go somewhere else for my support from now on?
No, you will continue with your current Local Mind
6. Why did my Local Mind merge with others?
So that we can grow and be successful for a long time to come and support even more people who need us
7. Will my Local Mind change its name?
No, its name and all the contact details will stay the same
8. Will all the staff change?
Not because of the merger, the local teams will stay the same
9. If I live in Kettering does this effect my Local Mind?
No, Kettering decided not to be a part of the merger
Let's get talking #MHAW - Mental Health Awareness Week 18th May 2020
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Northampton and District Mind has introduced brand new services to support their local community. The aim of these new services are to support everyone who experience mental health challenges; not only in their everyday life, but also new struggles due to the unprecedented uncertainty the global pandemic and government lockdown has created. The impact of such a widespread change in how we live our lives, can cause anxiety and panic even among those who have never suffered with their mental health before.
In times like these, it is even more important services work together in order to support the needs of the local community under our banner ‘Let’s Get Talking’.
And here at Northampton and District Mind, this is exactly what we are trying to do – support those people who need us by coming up with innovative ways to work in this ‘new normal’.
It is with that in mind, we are maintaining telephone and online support to existing clients we work with and developing new ‘remote’ services that people in the community can access from where ever they are, both during these worrying times and beyond, when we hope normality is resumed.
Indeed, just this week online workshops – which start this Wednesday 20th May- have been launched to help people suffering from anxiety – you can find details of these and all our other advice and services here - www.northamptonmind.org.uk.
We are also introducing a new phone number for people to use who need to access help and support.
Our staff will be on hand for support between Monday to Friday, from 11am to 1pm and from 3pm to- 5pm. We would appreciate your help in publicising this new number, so that everyone has access to much needed support - 01604 312116.
4th May 2020 News Update - Local Minds are Merging!!!
Following discussions with Staff, services users and commissioners, we are delighted to confirm that four of your Northamptonshire local Minds have decided to merge together to form one larger organisation.
Northampton & District (includes Brackley, Daventry & Towcester)
We will, of course, continue to work closely with Kettering Mind and hope to strengthen our formal collaborations in projects, bids and tenders as we move forward.
We believe the merger will deliver on the following benefits:
The new organisation will start to come together in the spring and the full transition will take place over 12 months. We do not anticipate any interruption to our service delivery, and we have clearly stated that we will not reducing front line staff, as part of this process.
We will keep you informed of progress and if you have any questions please do let us know by either talking to us directly through or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Northampton and District Mind is working closely with NHFT to ensure that our essential Crisis Café services continue to be available throughout the Coronavirus lock down period
There is help for those of you who cannot get out for vital supplies, such as food and prescriptions - if you need help, please contact
0300 126 1000 (and choose option 5)
LRF Northamptonshire Local Resilience Forum
COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESILIENCE CELL
Aim of the Cell
To support and meet the essential needs of those in self isolation with Northamptonshire.
Maintaining and establishing connections to groups like, places of worship, community groups and volunteer organisations.
Identifying vulnerable people within the County.
Looking at what the voluntary sector can do to support those self-isolating residents.
Keeping our residents safe by issuing information on potential fraudsters and scams.
Keeping our residents informed by producing factual and relevant information, pushed out through existing channels.
Offering clear and consistent guidance to support groups set up to assist their residents in being safe and well in their homes.
Provide a method for offering psycho social support to our resident if required.
Offering support to food banks when needed.
Having a conduit for our communities to request support.
Can you support us?
This is a tough time for everyone.
Here at Northampton and District Mind, we have taken steps to protect the health and well-being of those who use our services and indeed, our staff.
Due to COVID-19 virus, we have decided to suspend some of our peer support and our groups.
Our Crisis Cafés will remain open, while Hospital at Home will continue to support people in their homes as much as possible.
We will also still be offering telephone one to ones – so, if you require any support - please do call Northampton Mind on 01604 634310 or Daventry Mind on 01327 879416.
Please do keep checking our website at www.northamptonmind.org.uk and our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates.
This virus and its effect on our communities is challenging and unprecedented.
The outbreak of this virus therefore adds to the pressures of providing many crucial services and it is for that reason we are making a direct appeal to our communities to help us in this ongoing battle.
If you can help – and please do remember any donation is gratefully received - to provide much-needed services for our communities, particularly as the concerns over people feeling anxious and isolated may well increase over the coming weeks.
If you feel able to help click on our website - www.northamptonmind.org.uk –
or email Nick Tite at
Meanwhile, Daventry District Council is working with a range of partner organisations to co-ordinate efforts to get people the help they need.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Wellbeing
During unprecedented and worrying times such as these, you may be feeling anxious about how the next few weeks could change the way you go about your every day lives. Anxiety and concerns about your health, or your relationships are understandable when faced with self isolation and the social distancing put in place, in order to stem the increase of the COVID-19 virus spreading.
If you do find yourself struggling through the current crisis, it is important that you try to take care of your mental health and wellbeing which are an important part of staying healthy.
Click the link below to find out what could help you.
What our members say:
Before I started the Support into Employment programme, I never thought I'd be able to get into work.
Mind always goes the extra mile for me, breaking things down so that I can understand.
I feel I now have the skills and confidence to start working.