17 May 2016
Mental Health Awareness Week: Giving you easy access to psychological therapies
With 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
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.
IAPT services are available across our Trust and further
information can be found here.