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While it may not feel like it right now, you have just taken the first steps on your Good Life Recovery Journey. Here are some of the ways we can support you.

Safety Planning

If you experience a lot of distress, you may feel fearful, desperate or hopeless. Sometimes you may experience all of these feelings and more.

Although they will pass, such feelings can be overwhelming. They may leave you feeling unsafe and, potentially, at risk of self harm or suicide.

If you have these kinds of thoughts and feelings – even if only very occasionally, it can be helpful to think about creating a safety plan, to keep you safe when things get really tough.

You can create your own safety plan on the Staying Safe website.

For support with this, either call us on 0300 303 4363, (9.30am to 5.30pm), call into one of our offices or email us at: goodlife@cpslmind.org.uk.

If you are in crisis and feel at risk right now, please call the First Response Service on 111, Option 2 (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough only) or 999 elsewhere.

Specialist Community Mental Health Support

The Good Life Service in Cambridgeshire includes specialist community mental health support for individuals who qualify for a social care-funded support package. Access to this aspect of the service is via professional referral only. Please click here for more information.

Peer Support

We currently run a range of Peer Support Groups across the county including for individuals experiencing symptoms associated with Personality Disorders.

There are also four Hearing Voices Peer Support Groups as part of the local Hearing Voices Network and Five Ways to Wellbeing Peer Support groups to encourage positive wellbeing.

For details, please click here.

Peer support is a growing area of the Good Life Service. If you would like to get involved in developing a peer support activity in your area, please email goodlife@cpslmind.org.uk.

Open Door calm spaces

Everyone feels overwhelmed at times and our Open Door calm spaces provide somewhere to go if you need a bit of space and tranquility.

These 2 hour sessions also offer guidance on self-help techniques which can help you to ‘ground yourself’ and feel better – both in that moment and in the future.

Please click here for details of an Open Door calm space near you.

Good Mood Cafes

Our weekly Good Mood Cafes offer informal wellbeing support, while connecting you to others within your community. They offer a positive space to share interests, skills or experiences and access wellbeing-related information.

It’s OK not to be OK so you don’t have to be in a good mood when you come to a Good Mood Cafe, but we hope you will feel in a better mood by the time you leave.

Please click here for details of a Good Mood Cafe near you.

Online support

Support is available wherever you are to help you on your Good Life recovery journey. Simply sign up to join Qwell – a free online support and wellbeing community forming part of our Good Life Service.

You can join immediately and anonymously through any connected device to gain access to online chat-based counselling, peer support forums, self-help resources and an online magazine.

Good Life Online

We are now bringing our Good Mood Cafes and Open Door calm spaces directly to you to participate in from home using Zoom video calls.

These sessions are aimed at encouraging community connectivity and increasing wellbeing skills. Visit Good Life Online for more information and details of how to sign up.

Coming Soon:

Wellbeing booster activities

As the Good Life Service develops, there will be opportunities to get involved in a range of wellbeing-boosting activities across the county. If you have an idea for a wellbeing activity in your community, please contact us at goodlife@cpslmind.org.uk

For news about this and other CPSL Mind services, please click here to sign up to our regular e-bulletin.