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Over the past 12-18 months, Healthy Minds has become one of the best performing IAPT services in the country. It has achieved this through a mixture of innovation,hard work and by enhancing its partnership with local GPs – all of which is helping people with mild or moderate mental health difficulties to receive the support they need to move into recovery.

Healthy Minds has transformed itself to become one of the country’s top performers in offering improving services. It is a partnership between the North Staffs Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, Changes Health and Wellbeing plus North Staffs Mind supporting people aged over 18 with mild to moderate depression and anxiety who either live in the city or are registered with a Stoke-on-Trent GP.  

The percentage of self-referrals has improved considerably from 21.4% in April 2015 to 77% in December 2016. Similarly, the percentage of those contacted by the service within three days has gone up from 75.9% to 97.6% for the same period, while the rate of those assessed within 14 days has increased from 64.9% to 98.6%.

Importantly, the percentage of those using the service who have moved into recovery has risen from 36.6% to 63.2% - well above the 50% target set down for the team.


9th February 2017: Norman Lamb MP visited Changes YP to discover more about the importance of our work and the positive mutual mental health support offered to young people and children in Staffordshire.


Ask the Expert - About Depression
BBC Radio Stoke Interview

Changes Kris Kinsella, takes part in the discussion 24/01/2017 (interview from 8.07 to 27.14).
No Waiting List; Immediate Access.
Open Access; No Refferal Required.


SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder
BBC Radio Stoke Interview

Changes Wellness Coach Phill Thistleton, takes part in the discussion 16/11/2016 (interview from 26.02 to 30.55).


BBC Mental Health Week
Radio Stoke Interview

Carer David who is also a user of Changes services,
takes part in the discussion 16/02/2016. Fast forward to 11.16

October 2015
World Mental Health Day.

Kirsty & team attended a World Mental Health Day event at
Stoke Sixth Form College to raise awareness of Changes YP
services to students & staff. Part of the promotion included the
sale of motivational cupcakes which also raised £150.


£25K bid to help launch Recovery Radio
Stoke Sentinel article 20th May 2015
Please lend your support & vote today
using your full 10 votes, thank you.


Changes YP & Comic Relief
Comic Relief March 13th 2015
Changes Young People's service receives Red Plaque recognition for vital work.

Pictured left is Donna Mountford, Changes YP Lead. Round and red to echo Comic Relief’s iconic Red Nose, the plaque features a quote from one of Comic Relief’s supporters – Billy Connelly – and will be placed at Changes HQ, Wellbeing Centre, Booth Street, Stoke-on-Trent.

Changes Young People’s service based in North Staffordshire has received a brand new ‘Red Plaque’ in recognition of its vital work, supported by Comic Relief funding.

Changes YP has received a three year grant totalling £150K, to expand its award winning Young People’s service into Stafford and its surrounding areas from 1st April.

The service will provide emotional wellbeing support for young people aged between 16-25. Delivering Peer support groups, Wellness programmes and activities including sports, music and arts!

The new service will support existing child and adult mental health services, ensuring that vulnerable young people stay engaged and receive mental health care at a time the young people need emotional support and can benefit most.

Changes YP service is co-produced by those who are served, innovative and provides evidence based modern, recovery approaches to emotional wellbeing, importantly their service has NO WAITING LIST.

Telephone Office: 01782 413355
Mobile: 07732 34 99 41
Mobile: 07749 34 33 06 to speak to a member of the Changes YP Team or e mail or log visit the Young Persons page here.


Wednesday 10th September 2014
Police & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Mathew Ellis visits Changes HQ in Stoke to highlight our success in helping those suffering with mental distress across the county & his plans for the future. Sentinel article...


Wednesday 20 August 2014

A new forum giving children and young people a much greater involvement in how mental health services are shaped and delivered in North Staffordshire is being launched.
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has provided the funding to local user-led mental health charity Changes YP to set up the Young Persons’ Forum.
The forum forms part of the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) programme, an NHS England-led initiative aimed at improving existing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the community.
Young people participating in the forum will play a key role in deciding the way CAMHS is designed, delivered and monitored, while full support, guidance and encouragement will be provided to help members have their say in how services can be enhanced for young people.
Its inaugural monthly meeting takes place on Thursday 21 August at The Ashlands Centre in North Street, Newcastle, ST5 1AZ from 6-7.30pm and young people are welcome to attend.

An engagement event held in July proved a real success, with feedback including:
• "This project is a brilliant opportunity. It is very important that we help to improve young people’s access to mental health services for the benefit of other young people.”
• "I'm really excited to be involved in the Young Persons’ Forum. I'm looking forward to meeting new people, exploring different perspectives and making positive changes to the service in the future.”
• "As an ex-service user, the CYP IAPT is a project that I've always hoped to be a part of. I am ready to have my voice heard and give something back to the services that helped me."

Lois Cocker, Changes YP’s Children and Young People’s Participation Lead, said: “I am thrilled with how enthusiastic the young people are about getting involved, and I can't wait to engage more young people and really get the council off the ground.
“So far, we have had young people involved with staff interviews and staff training days, which is really exciting as it is great experience for them and it is great that they can see first hand that what they have to say is making a massive difference.”
Dr Claire Halsey, Clinical Lead for NSCHT’s Children’s and Young People’s division, said she had been bowled over by the energy of those she had spoken to.
“It’s been a real privilege being involved in this,” said Claire. “The enthusiasm and willingness of the young people I’ve met to contribute and get something done has been really inspirational.
“These are young people who have had some difficulty in their lives and who are determined to make a real difference to other young people living in the local community.
“We’re working closely and collaboratively with Changes YP on this project and I’m really looking forward to seeing where the forum will go.”
To get involved in the forum, or for more information, please contact Lois Cocker on 07935 934701.
For more information about the Young Persons’ Forum, visit the ‘CYP IAPT North Staffs’ page on Facebook



Tuesday 24th June 2014 article in The Sentinel newspaper... Alec Wrench memorial football fundraising tournament. Changes Health & Wellbeing are very grateful to Alan & all those involved. We wish you all the very best with your continued fund raising in memory of Alec. Thank you.



Awards Pic

Changes YP are proud to be presented with the
'Making A Difference Through Self Responsibility' award.
March 2013 TILT Awards Evening at Birches Head High School.



NEW Head Office &
Wellbeing Centre
for North Staffordshire

Stoke Office
Changes Wellbeing Centre
Victoria Court
Booth Street
01782 413 101

Link to meetings in:


2011 Changes Newcastle Water Street office and Hanley Pall Mall and Birch Terrace offices relocate to new head office in Stoke housing many fully equiped training rooms & ideal support group meetings venue.



Changes Wellness Centre

2011 Changes New Head Office & Wellbeing Centre for North Staffordshire. View photos from Changes 12 Steps to Mental Health launch day here.

North Staffordshire Regeneration Award

North Staffordshire Regeneration Award

Andrea our nominee and Dave, Chairman pictured with the inaugural
North Staffordshire Regeneration Award ­ Positive Impact in our Communities.

The National Lottery Awards 2005 National Lottery - Chair Dave Beech

Dave Beech Chair of Changes

Alex Parks  Tess Daly National Lottery

Left to Right:  Alex Parks (Fame Accademy), Irene (Changes Financial Officer), Tess Daly (National Lottery), Mark (Changes Volunteer),

(WEST MIDLANDS) 2005 with 23,000 votes!

Changes were in the top three of all organisations, nationally, who received lottery funding.  This was no mean feat.

The awards ceremony was broadcast on the new Community Channel on Cable, Sky and Free View on Thursday 10th November as well as receiving national press coverage.

Again from our service users, volunteers, executive committee & staff ­ thank you.

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