Welcome to ASK NORMEN, the Northamptonshire Mental Health Gateway

This site is for everyone with an interest in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people in Northamptonshire.

We want to make sure that parents, professionals and other people working with children and young people are aware of local services, training and support materials. The Service Directory will allow you to search for services offered in your area dependent on your needs. The Document Library has a number of resources and toolkits to help you ranging from practical guidance on supporting needs, policies, academic papers etc. And the News area should be a place to keep you up to date with local, national and international news relating to emotional wellbeing and mental health.

NORMEN will help you to find further information and support – Just ask NORMEN.


New Interactive Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Guidance Tool

Visit our new guidance for professionals and parents to access multi agency pathways, guidance and information to support children and young people's emotional wellbeing and mental health.


A film for and by children who have a parent with a mental health problem, made in collaboration with Devon Partnership NHS trust. Produced by ForMed Films CIC

Dr Jo Black, Named Doctor for Safeguarding and Clinical Lead for perinatal service, explains: "The film was originally designed to help mental health staff who work with adults to keep in mind the children in their families. It has enormous appeal, charm and honesty and I recommend it to those who work with, care for or manage services for children. It will be used for staff training and staff are invited to share the animation with families to help other children feel less alone."

Latest News

Self harming is on the increase across the UK. If you are experiencing problems with self harm, know someone who is, or you are a professional that needs some help and advice because you feel someone you know is self harming, then visit our page where there is lots of help and advice to guide you.

Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation conference Toolkit, Pathways and Appendices

Or visit www.selfharm.co.uk


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Emotional Distress: Information and Support

If you or someone you know are feeling emotionally distressed, the following organisations offer advice and support.


Samaritans is available 24 hours a day for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential.


Phone: 116 123

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Visit the Samaritans website


HOPELineUK offer support, practical advice and information to young people considering suicide and can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.


Phone: 0800 068 41 41

Visit the Papyrus website 


CALM, the campaign against living miserably aims to prevent male suicide in the Uk and offers anonymous, confidential listening, information and signposting.


Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily 5pm-midnight)

Visit the CALM website


Lifeline provides support to people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland, regardless of age or district.


Phone: 0808 808 8000 (24 hours a day)

Visit the Lifeline website

Community Advice & Listening Line

Community Advice & Listening Line offers emotional support and information on mental health and related matters to people in Wales.


Phone: 0800 132 737 (24/7) or text "help" to 81066

Visit the Community Advice & Listening Line website

Breathing Space

Breathing Space offers a confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.


Phone: 0800 83 85 87 (Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, weekends 24 hours).

A BSL service is also available via the website.

Visit the Breathing Space website

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.


Phone: 0300 111 5065 (9am to 9pm daily)

Visit the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide website


Search Tool

Our Ask Normen Search Tool will help you to find information contained within this site on services, organisations and support available in Northamptonshire, together with useful documents & downloads and any pages related to your search term. Simply type a word or phrase into our keyword search and then use the sliding bar and drop down menus to refine your search by age range or location. 

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