For lots of us 2020 has been a difficult year, and many people may have been experiencing isolation, worries about money, increased anxiety or overwhelming stress.

As the colder days and darker nights draw in, Northamptonshire’s Changing Minds IAPT team is here to provide support.

IAPT Changing Minds is a free confidential mental wellbeing service from Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) offering support for anyone over the age of 17 and a half and living in Northamptonshire.

Every month the team helps over 1,000 people in Northamptonshire who are experiencing mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and low mood.

Anne Rackham, Director of Mental Health at NHFT and NHCP’s mental health priority programme lead, said: “Winter may be a little more difficult this year, with darker nights, colder days and changes in COVID-19 regulations.

“As Northamptonshire’s community provider of mental health services, we are dedicated to ensuring that our communities know that there is support available to them and it is okay not to be okay.

“Our trained, friendly colleagues are on hand to offer support to anyone facing mental health problems this winter, and help you to get back on track. I would encourage anyone who is experiencing anxiety, low mood, stress, isolation or financial worries to get in touch today to find out how we can support them this Christmas time.”

IAPT Changing Minds can be accessed online at www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt via a short online form or by phone on 0300 999 1616 (available 9am to 5pm on weekdays).

The team provides advice, offers support and helps put the right techniques in place to help you get back to feeling like you again.

We all need a helping hand from time to time to get us back on track and you are not alone – there is support available to you.

For mental wellbeing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week contact NHFT and mental health charity Mind colleagues on 0800 448 0828. The mental health number is available to existing users of NHFT services, anyone facing mental health problems or in a crisis.

For mental wellbeing support for children or young people please visit www.nhft.nhs.uk/camhslive or they can text their school nurse on 07507 329 600.

To find out more about mental health services across Northamptonshire, visit: ww.nhft.nhs.uk/mentalhealth.