Check out online films to support your mental health

Trust experts work with colleagues to provide help during Covid-19 and beyond

Check out online films to support your mental health
17 June 2020

A series of films to help people manage their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic have been created by specialist NHS mental health staff.

The self-help videos, which have already been viewed hundreds of times in just four weeks since they went online, give advice and support on managing worry, anxiety, depression, sleep and relationships.

They have been made by therapists from the Psychological Wellbeing Service run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, and staff from a collective of NHS and partner organisations involved in a project to improve community mental support in Peterborough.

The films can be watched by visiting the Psychological Wellbeing Service section of the CPFT website: They can also be found on the Trust’s YouTube channel here.

Michelle Espley, service manager for PWS, said: “We’re really proud of the films and we hope that people will find them informative and useful.

“They focus on the areas of worry, anxiety, depression, sleep and relationships because those are the key areas which have become so prevalent during the pandemic.

“Mental ill-health can affect one in four of us during our lifetime, but looking after our mental health during this difficult time is especially important.

“These videos will be useful for everyone coping with the stresses and strains of everyday life, particularly during the pandemic. They will also be used by therapists and patients to support learning and consolidation of the techniques described.”

Dr Melanie Staley, consultant clinical psychologist with CPFT, (pictured above, second right, with colleagues Aviva Stafford, Ilana Foreman and Aimee Shipp) said: “The team have worked really hard to get these films together and to make them short, simple and accessible.

“We wanted to make videos that people could watch to get new ideas for coping strategies or to remind themselves of things they may have heard about or read before.

“When you are stressed it is often really difficult to take in information that you have just read or that someone tells you once on the phone.

“By making these short videos people can watch them as many times as they like and pause them to take notes. We deliberately start with a video on relaxation exercises because we recognise that only calm minds can really think or take in information.”

Anyone registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can self-refer to the Trust’s Psychological Wellbeing Service. The team provide therapy for those suffering from common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. For more details visit or call 0300 300 0055.

In September last year additional funding to improve community mental health services in Peterborough was announced.

The funding – worth around £2m over the next two years – was given by NHS England to the Peterborough Exemplar Project, an NHS England pilot working to improve community mental support in the city. The Peterborough Exemplar is a collaboration of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, the Peterborough GP network, CPSL Mind, the SUN Network and Peterborough City Council

Among a range of projects, funding has seen additional staff recruited to CPFT's Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS) teams. The Trust launched the service for those aged 17 to 65 years old two years ago basing specialist mental health staff within every GP surgery in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


For more information please contact:
Andy Burrows
Interim Deputy Head of Communications
T 01223 219467

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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