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The winter blues and looking after your mental health

28 October 2019

As we approach the winter months, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Clinical Commissioning Groups are highlighting the importance of looking after your mental health.

Approximately, one in four people will have experienced a mental health problem in the UK this year and as the days start to feel shorter, with colder longer nights, some will start to experience a persistent low mood.  

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as ‘the winter blues’, is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Most people who suffer with SAD will experience symptoms more severely during winter months. Although the symptoms can vary, the majority of people experience irritability, a feeling of worthlessness and a lack of energy.

If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing symptoms of SAD or struggling with their mental health, it’s important to seek help and talk to someone.

Local mental health services can offer their support for a wide range of problems, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, obsessive behaviour and phobias. To access services you can speak to your GP or make a self-referral through the services below:

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service:

Visit https://bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk/ or call 01234 880400.

Total Wellbeing Luton:

Visit https://www.totalwellbeingluton.org/ or call 0300 555 4152.

Talk for Change, Milton Keynes:

Visit https://www.talkforchange.org.uk/ or call 01908 725099.

For young people, aged 11 and 19, across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, there is a new online support service, Kooth:

Visit https://www.kooth.com/ 

Further support, and ideas of how to improve low mood, can be found on the NHS website, One You: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ 


For more information contact 01525 624440


Notes to editors

Notes to editors

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative


In November 2018/19, the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes formed a new Commissioning Collaborative. This partnership, which has created a single executive team leading the three CCGs while retaining their independence and local accountability, enables the executive team to look at commissioning differently and will see the CCGs move towards a more transformational approach – working with partners both within and outside of the NHS to ensure that we deliver the right care locally.

Clinical Commissioning Groups

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for their residents. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

CCG’s are run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All GP practices are members of their CCG.

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