Talking about our mental health
The 10th of October is World Mental Health day. Mental health is something that can affect us all – how we think and feel about others and ourselves, how we cope with difficult situations and how we manage our lives. It is estimated that one in four people will experience some kind of mental health difficulty during their lifetime, but it is important to know that there is support available.
NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to remind residents that there is support available for people struggling with mental health problems, when they need it.
Talking therapy has helped thousands of people with stress, anxiety and depression get their lives back on track. Talking Therapies, previously known as IAPT, are a useful way for people who have feelings of depression, anxiety, phobias and/or stress after a traumatic time in their life, to explore difficult feelings with a trained professional. This can help people deal with specific problems, cope with a crisis, improve relationships or develop better ways of living.
In Waltham Forest, Talking Therapies are provided by North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT). You can ask your GP to refer you to the service or you can contact them directly by calling 0300 300 1554 or by visiting their website http://wftalkingtherapies.co.uk/who-is-it-for/
Young people in Waltham Forest can get support through the community-based Waltham Forest child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS). This service offers help to young people from birth up to the age of 18, their families, and carers, who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and mental health difficulties. A GP can refer to the service or NELFT can be contacted directly by calling 0300 555 1247 or through the website: www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-waltham-forest-camhs
Dr Ravi Gupta, GP and Clinical Director at NHS Waltham Forest CCG said:
“Good health is good mental health. We are working towards prevention and early intervention. It is important to us that residents are getting support early on and maintain mental wellness.
So if you or your loved ones would like to talk to anyone there are several services available. You can contact your GP about how you are feeling or if you are worried about someone else.”
To celebrate World Mental Health day the Mental Health Foundation are encouraging people to hold Tea & Talk sessions where communities and colleagues can take some time out to talk to each other. You can find ideas and resources on their website https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/get-involved/tea-and-talk or call 0207 803 1100.