06 September 2017

Local health commissioner, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is joining forces with a number of supermarkets throughout September to tackle mental health concerns in the area. 

With one in six Bedfordshire adults expected to experience mental ill health at some time in their life, the local health body is holding drop in sessions at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda, to give people information about the free services they can access to help tackle stress and feelings of anxiety and depression. 

Dr Roshan Jayalath, lead clinician for Mental Health at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said, “Modern life can be very stressful – with people feeling worried about everything from paying bills, relationships, exam results and money worries. 

“We expect the number of people who experience mental ill health to increase by 10-12% in the next decade and if left unchecked, it means that some people could become increasingly unwell and eventually experience a mental health crisis. That’s why we need to tackle the issues now, remove the stigma, get people talking about mental health and give people the help and advice they need, so they can access help early on”.

The supermarket sessions will be managed by mental health practitioners working with East London Foundation Trust (ELFT), the provider of mental health services locally, and will give people information about the different kinds of confidential services that are available. The sessions will be held at:

  • Tesco, Riverfield Drive, Bedford – 11 September 2017 between 2 - 4pm 
  • Sainsbury’s, Luton Rd, Dunstable – 15 September 2017 between 2 - 4pm
  • Asda, Church St, Biggleswade – 21 September 2017 between 2 - 4 pm

The supermarket drop in sessions follow an intensive period of engagement by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, to find out what people need from crisis care in Bedfordshire. It is part of a wider programme to establish parity of esteem between physical and mental health and provide a modern, mental health service in Bedfordshire. 

For more information about the ‘Talking Therapies’ services that are available, visit www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk