The Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health History

‘The Federation’ (DFMH) began as the Federation of West Derbyshire Mental Health Support Groups in 1985. It commenced life as an affiliation of self-help groups, then following joint Social Services and health funding took on the role of direct mental health support. This has expanded to include work on behalf of Derbyshire County Council and now NHS North Derbyshire CCG, and from our beginnings in the Dales area we now also operate in the High Peak, Chesterfield and areas to the south.

In 2006 we became a charitable company limited by guarantee under the new name The Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health. Our main office is in Matlock and we now operate a secondary office in Buxton.


In 2011 the Federation joined a consortium of three Derbyshire based organisations known as IDecide, who are working together to deliver mental health supported housing services for Derbyshire County Council. We were successful in winning the tender for 7 of the 8 contract areas in Derbyshire, and our floating support service is now delivered under the consortium name. Our other partners are:

  • P3 (People, Potential, Possibilities). P3 is a charity and social enterprise which has worked in Derbyshire for over 30 years, and which now works all over the UK dealing with social exclusion and homelessness, and creating opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged people;
  • Amber Valley Association for Mental Health (Amber Trust). Amber Trust are based in Belper and have also worked for around 30 years to support people with mental ill health to live successfully in their local communities;

For further details on the consortium go to IDecide.

All our other services and operations remain unchanged.

Recovery and Peer Support

In April 2017, a contract was awarded to Rethink Mental Illness with sub-contractors People, Potential, Possibilities (P3) and the Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health (DFMH). The contract was to deliver targeted support, telephone support and community groups, to assist individuals living with or recovering from mental ill health in Derbyshire.