Talking therapy is just a phone call away
Access to mental health support is now easier than ever before with the launch of a new free self-referral therapy service. Medway Talking Therapies offers counseling sessions and all it takes to sign up is a phone call or email.
The service – which is an extension of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme – aims to help people before their worries impact on their day-to-day lives. It launches on Wednesday, 1 February.
Caroline Selkirk, Accountable Officer for NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, explained: “Everyone goes through difficult times but sometimes people’s problems can affect their daily lives. Medway Talking Therapies is there to help by enabling the person to work through their problems and develop strategies for coping better.”
Talking therapies can help with issues such as anger, anxiety, bereavement, debt, depression, family problems, loss, low mood, panic, phobias, relationship difficulties, stress and trauma. Those with long-term conditions such as diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may also benefit from the self-referral counselling service.
Caroline Selkirk added: “This new service differs from most others in that you don’t need a direct referral from a clinician and it can be available online. Instead people can phone up and refer themselves directly. This should improve access to help and also tackle issues early before they become more serious problems.”
Medway Talking Therapies is provided by Insight Healthcare, Think Action, North Kent Mind and IESO Digital. Appointments can take place in person at GP surgeries or other outlets, by phone or online and are available for free to Medway residents aged 18 and over who are registered with a GP. Sessions will comply with NHS confidentiality guidelines and will be tailored to suit the individual need of each person.
To access Medway Talking Therapies email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 029 3000. See www.insighthealthcare.org for more information.