New service to help with mental health problems

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A new service has been launched to support residents with common mental health problems.

North Tyneside Talking Therapies offers psychological and employment support as well as advice to people over the age of 18, although 16 if in employment.

The service offers more treatment options than previously and individuals can access help more readily

Isabelle Roney, clinical lead for North Tyneside Talking Therapies

Individuals should be registered with a North Tyneside GP and experience emotional difficulties.

Treatment is offered through group or individual sessions, plus telephone or other technologies such as computer programmes or supportive websites.

People who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, excessive worry, stress, OCD, trauma or anger, can discuss this further with their GP or self-refer by calling the service.

The service is provided by therapists at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust who offer appointments within GP practices, health centres or in community venues. The service is delivered in partnership with Relate Counselling and The Richmond Fellowship.

Individuals can refer themselves or via their GPs, health care professional or community worker, by calling (0191) 295 2775.

Isabelle Roney, clinical lead for North Tyneside Talking Therapies, said: “We are very pleased to be launching this service to provide support and advice to people who may be experiencing common mental health problems.

“The service offers more treatment options than previously and individuals can access help more readily.”

“Additionally individuals can now self-refer by contacting the service directly, this also means quicker access and assessment for people.”

The service is holding a programme of Wellbeing Groups across community venues which focus on assertiveness and confidence building, managing your mood, stress control, and overcoming anxiety and panic.

They are free to adults registered with a North Tyneside GP.

For more information visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/our-services/mental-health-services/primary-care-psychological-therapies