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Mindsmatter in St Helens 2015

Posted on the 24th August 2015

The Mindsmatter service, previously known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT), was awarded the contract by NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) after showcasing the services available during a tender process. The Mindsmatter team provide support 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, Counselling and help for sleeping problems either via group workshops or an online programme.

The service recently launched SilverCloud, which provides an online therapy programmes using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches, supported by a staff member and helps with a range of common experiences such as panic disorders, stress and anxiety. This provides a new option for people who would not necessarily have accessed services previously and for those who may have time pressures as it is available 24hours per day.

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

“We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for services in St Helens. Our teams are dedicated to providing excellent, high quality care for all our service users as well as support for their family and carers.

“We promote access to the service through self referral and aim to agree a collaborative treatment plan which best meets an individual’s needs and situation. We are looking forward to working with local residents and wider stakeholders to deliver a service which provides the very best mental health care and support for people across St Helens.”

Geoffrey Appleton, NHS St Helens CCG Lay Chair said:

“We are looking forward to working closely with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in the provision of Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services and to improving the quality of care that patients will receive”