Residents in Lancashire/St Helens who are experiencing common mental health problems are now able to self-refer to their local Mindsmatter service using an online form.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust"s Mindsmatter service provides talking therapies for adults aged 16 years and over experiencing common mental health problems such as stress, depression and anxiety. The service offers a range of therapies including Stress Control Workshops, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and counselling, as well as online CBT from SilverCloud. People can access the team by visiting their GP or self-referring into the service which can be done by post, telephone and now online!
Sue Crutchley, Mindsmatter Senior Business Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"Around 1 in 4 of us will experience some form of mental health problem during our lives, so it is important people are aware of the support available to them, and that this support is accessed as soon as possible. We are aware that stigma surrounding mental health can result in people trying to avoid seeking help for many reasons; however we want to make access as easy as possible. We are pleased to now be able to offer an online self-referral form which people can access from the comfort of their own home and refer themselves directly to our team. Once the referral is received, the individual will receive a Welcome Call from a team member and from there they will discuss the various options available for therapy and create a tailor-made programme to help with their recovery."
For more information about Mindsmatter and to access the online referral form, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.