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Mindsmatter in East Lancashire

Posted on the 25th November 2015

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust"s Mindsmatter service is encouraging East Lancashire residents to get in touch if they are experiencing emotional difficulties.

Around 1 in 4 people are likely to experience some form of mental health issue at some point in their lives. The Mindsmatter service, previously known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), provides talking therapies for adults aged 16 and over who are experiencing common mental health issues such as depression, stress and anxiety. They offer a variety of interventions and support including stress management courses, supported online programmes, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling. Residents concerned about their mental health can self-refer into the service by contacting their local team or by visiting their GP.

Sue Crutchley, Mindsmatter Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust explains:

"The Mindsmatter service was designed with an emphasis on the ease of access to support for those who require our assistance. We have a self-referral process whereby people can directly refer themselves to the team either by telephone or completing a freepost form. Once we receive the referral, the individual will receive a Welcome Call from one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who will discuss their needs and work with the individual to decide which course of treatment would be most suited to their needs. It is important people are aware of the support available to them so they don"t suffer alone."

For more information about the Mindsmatter service please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.