Views are wanted on anxiety support

Health chiefs are looking for views on how to improve access to health services for anxiety and depression.

North Tyneside’s new Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is seeking the views of local people on how it can better support people with common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

The group is looking at how to improve access to talking therapies (psychology, counselling, and group work) as an alternative to taking medication or sometimes together with medical treatment.

Dr Ruth Evans, NHS North Tyneside CCG’s clinical director for mental health, said: “This is a really important service for local people.

“We know that more people are experiencing mental health issues as part of the impact the economic climate has on them personally and so we are seeking the views of local people on how we can make improvements to the current service model and we would like as many people as possible to respond to our survey.

“We’ve decided to make some changes after receiving comments about the service from local GPs and members of the public.

“In particular, about the need to provide faster access to it and also to make access as easy as possible for people who need to use the service.

“I’d encourage anyone who has had experiences of low level mental health issues such as anxiety and depression to spare five minutes of their time to tell us what is important to them and so we can develop a new service specification that reflects the issues that patients feel strongly about.”

A link to the survey is available at www.northtynesideccg.nhs.uk or a paper copy can be requested via (0191) 217 2758.

All responses will be kept confidential.