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Mental Health


Mental Health provider for Bedford

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ELFT is the provider of Camhs and adult mental health services in Bedford (as well as Central Beds and Luton).


ELFT has a corporate Safeguarding Children Team led by Jan Pearson, Associate Director for Safeguarding Children since 2003.




Mental Health Local Contacts

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CAMHS Bedford Borough

5-7 Rush Court, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3JT

Tel: 012 3431 0670

Website: http://camhs.elft.nhs.uk/

MindMIND logo

Mind support adults with mental health or wellbeing needs. They have services and support across Bedfordshire and Luton.

Telephone: 0300 330 0648

Website: www.mind-blmk.org.uk


Bedford Open Door

Bedford Open Door is Charity providing FREE and confidential counselling to young people. Counselling is provided by a team of fully trained, experienced and friendly volunteer counsellors.

Able to see clients aged 13-17 who live in Bedfordshire.

Clients can drop into the building between 10.30 -12.00pm on a Saturday morning and have

a chat with a counsellor.

The office is usually staffed Monday to Wednesday 9.00 - 2.00pm and Thursday and Friday 10.30-2.00pm

for enquiries Call 01234 360388 or email: enquiries@bedfordopendoor.org.uk


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Recognise that relationship difficulties affect children and young people too. Our FREE 'Talktime' service is a young people's counselling service designed to support children aged between 10 and 21 years.

Relate counsellors are experienced relationship experts who can help children and young people to talk honestly and openly and can support them with problems like:

  • Parental divorce and separation
  • New step-parents / siblings
  • Difficulties and conflict in relationships at school, with peers, siblings or you're your parents
  • Bullying
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual identity
  • New relationships
  • Loss and bereavement
  • School transition
  • Witnessing domestic violence in the family home

To book an appointment in Bedford and Central Bedfordshire please call 01234 356350 or email.


Local resources

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group have issued a series of Mental Health Self Help guides on a range of topics.  They have video, audio and ‘email a friend’ options, as well as the option to download in leaflet form.  Access these guides here.


NSPCC update

Childline counselling sessions about mental health issues

The NSPCC highlights statistics which show that mental health and depressive disorders are among the key issues for children contacting Childline. Figures published to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week show that: there were 50,819 counselling sessions relating to suicidal feelings, self-harm, mental health/depressive disorders in 2015/16; 1 in 6 of all Childline counselling sessions were focused on these mental health issues; girls were almost 7 times more likely to seek help than boys. Advice is given on spotting the signs of mental health issues and how to support children who are affected.

Source: NSPCC  Date: 06 February 2017



Chelsea's Choice & Crashing

We are holding two FREE evening performances based on Child Sexual Exploitation. One performance of Chelsea’s Choice and one performance of Crashing. Please click on this link for more details.

May 2017 newsletter

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Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here 


Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

‘The More You Know, The More You See’ – Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

Date: Thursday 28th September 2017

Venue: The Rufus Centre, Flitwick

Time: 9:30 – 4:30 (Registration 9:00 – 9:30)

For more details please click here