17 May 2016

Mental Health Awareness Week: Giving you easy access to psychological therapies

Wilts IAPTWith 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health disorder at some point in their life, knowing where to go to access help and support has never been more important.

Wiltshire IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) is doing just that! Serving the whole county, the team are working hard to let people know about the help they can give to manage common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

The service provides psycho education courses where people can learn to cope with low moods, anxiety and panic as well as well-being sessions for new mums, self-esteem, anger management and calm (mindfulness) courses.

Lindsay George, Head of Wiltshire's IAPT Service, says "Life isn't straightforward for any of us and at times we all need support. We currently have 1500 people in active treatment with us receiving short term psychological therapies based on NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommendations. We teach people the skills to maintain their well-being, recognise the signs of anxiety and depression and manage it themselves."

Wiltshire IAPT courses couldn't be more accessible. They are held on Saturdays, in the evenings and in a variety of venues such as community halls, shopping centres and schools. 1:1 therapy sessions are available and telephone appointments may also be offered.

To access this service you don't need to be referred by your Doctor. You can "opt in" and self-refer by booking an appointment directly with Wiltshire IAPT, either by telephone or via the internet. 1:1 therapy can only be booked over the telephone.

Other IAPT services are available across our Trust and further information can be found here.



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