NHS Community Mental Health Service (CMHT)

The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) assesses, treats and manages care needs and provides support for people experiencing serious mental health problems. The team help you to live as independently as possible in your community.

They are integrated teams of different health and social care professionals – Community Mental Health Nurses; Health Occupational Therapists; Psychiatrists; Psychologists and Social Workers. The teams bring together many different types of knowledge, skills and expertise. They look at you as a whole person so you get the care, treatment and support you need.

CMHT services may include:

Community Mental Health Nursing – supporting you to manage your health and providing treatment in the community
Occupational Therapy – working with you to overcome difficulties with day to day tasks that you need or want to do
Psychiatry – diagnosing mental health problems, prescribing medication and recommending treatment
Psychology – helping you understand how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviour
Social Work services – providing help at home or with your social needs, including help with housing problems, financial support or general advice and support

Your GP needs to refer you to this service. Contact your GP if you are experiencing a mental health problem. They will refer you to the local CMHT if appropriate.

Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service provides mental health services across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.
We are commissioned by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide the following services:
* Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT)
* Adult, older adult mental health and learning disability services
* Adult rehabilitation and recovery services
* Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Our community services include Adult Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), Older People’s CMHTs and Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) teams. Our inpatient service includes a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Older Person’s Wards and Adult Admission Wards.


Mental Health Crisis Café – Bedford

Mind BLMK provides a mental health crisis café in Bedford for the NHS Trust. The café provides support and a safe place for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. It offers free help and advice for anyone 18 or older.

The café is at Florence Ball House on Bedford Health Village, Kimbolton Road and is open from 5-11pm every day of the week, 365 days of the year.

The Crisis Café service is by appointment only and these can be made by telephone on 01525 722 225 or by emailing during the hours listed above.

The café is run by friendly coordinators, recovery workers, peer support workers (PSWs) and volunteers trained to offer coping mechanisms and management techniques to help people work through their crisis. The teams will also be able to refer and direct people to further services if required.

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