Derbyshire Mental Health



We are a project that provides support to voluntary sector organisations working to improve the mental health of people in Derby City & Derbyshire.


DMHF's key aims and activities are to:

· Enable the voluntary sector to become an equal and effective partner in the design and delivery of local services


· Support the mental health voluntary sector to share and promote good practice


· Inspire confidence in mental health provision across voluntary and statutory sectors


· Build and develop the sector to meet new challenges and opportunities


· Provide a support network for organisations and individual workers

· Support commisioners to communicate with the sector - through meetings, focus groups, consultation and task and finish groups


Forum News

We send out regular email information – Forum News ebulletins. These are on a variety of different topics relating to mental health and running an organisation or group. We work across Southern Derbyshire - Amber Valley, Erewash, South Derbyshire and Derby City. They are usually focused around the voluntary sector, but we are happy to share information with and from our statutory and private partners.

We also know that our emails are forwarded on to many people who aren’t on our direct mailing list, which further cascades important information about the mental health voluntary sector to a wider audience.

If you aren’t already subscribed to Forum News and want to find out more then please contact Natalie at


Join our mailing list and receive regular e-bulletins for up to date news

and information from DMHF and our member organisations. This

includes information about meetings, job opportunities, upcoming

events and policy updates.

Forum Meetings
We run regular Forum Meetings – up to six per year. Twice a year we come together with Derbyshire Voluntary Action for a Joint Countywide meeting which is attended by commissioners. The Forum Meetings are an opportunity for people within the sector to talk to the commissioners, to network and to make new contacts. The meetings are also well attended by representatives from our membership, commissioners, other public/ voluntary sector partners and wider stakeholders.


The meetings are open to all mental health providers and have a voluntary sector focus. We invite speakers of interest to come along to discuss new projects being launched and provide updates to the sector on current projects etc. There are also discussions that take place on local mental health policy.

Forum Meetings 2021

& Joint Countywide Meetings in Conjunction with

Derbyshire Voluntary Action

All meetings will be held on a Tuesday at 2.00pm, unless otherwise stated


Derby and Derbyshire Community Groups Network

Our next Derby and Derbyshire community groups network meeting is on Wednesday 22nd September at 1.30pm and we look forward to inviting those mental health groups mostly led by volunteers to an informal space. This is a joint project with @dva_info. Please email for the zoom link.


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Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Helpline

This service offers a free 24/7 helpline for people in Derbyshire and Derby City who require advice about mental health.

Call 0800 028 0077 - this is a freephone number and calls from landlines or mobiles should be free. The support line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained P3 mental health support staff are on hand to answer calls from members of the public as well as specialised support from Derbyshire Federations Youth team.  Responses are tailored to the situation and will include listening, advice and guidance, practical support ideas and de-escalation of crisis.

This Service has voluntary sector staff taking initial calls and signposting people on to other community services or referring to NHS clinical staff who take ownership of calls where needed.