Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Mindsmatter Service is encouraging people living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to self-refer to the service to access psychological therapies and support.
OCD is an anxiety-related condition where a person experiences frequent intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions, impulses or urges. Based on an estimate of the UK population, there are potentially 741,504 people living with OCD at one time. In celebration of OCD Awareness Week, The Mindsmatter service is reminding people of the psychological talking therapies and therapeutic support they provide.
Mindsmatter provide support for adults 16 years and over who are experiencing common mental health problems such as stress, depression and anxiety. The service provides access to a variety of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Stress Control Workshops and Counselling, as well as online CBT from SilverCloud.
Christopher Bould, Mindsmatter service user said:
“I have suffered with OCD for around 15 years. I decided to refer in to the service as my OCD was taking over my life. Once I had completed my referral I was contacted by someone in the team who so understanding and filled me with the confidence I needed to talk openly about how I was feeling. To ease me in to my course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy I started with some CBT self-help books, these really helped me to understand the disorder and also how my mind works. Referring in to the Mindsmatter service has completely changed my life and despite finishing my course I am still applying everything I learnt today. People shouldn’t feel embarrassed about OCD, you are not alone and I realise now it is much better to talk.”
People can access the service via the online referral form from the comfort of their own home, by post, telephone or by visiting their GP. For more information about your local Mindsmatter service and to access their online self-referral form please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.