Kirklees IAPT team members Richard Humphrey, trainee cognitive behavioural therapist, and Meg Barnard, trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner
Special Feature With South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
In support of World Mental Health Day, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people in Kirklees experiencing common mental health conditions to seek support from specialist IAPT services.
Kirklees Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provides a choice of services for people experiencing conditions such as depression, stress, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder.
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on October 10 every year. This year’s theme is suicide prevention. To support the initiative, the Trust is encouraging people experiencing these common mental health conditions to ‘ask for IAPT’.
The experienced professionals in the Kirklees IAPT team work alongside local GPs to help people address their current problems, develop new ways of coping, and talk about any difficulties they may be experiencing in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.
They help people by offering online treatments, telephone treatments, evening classes, and face-to-face treatment.
As well as being able to access the service through GP surgeries, people can also refer themselves using a simple and secure online form.
Rob Webster, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “One in four people experience mental health problems throughout their lives but don’t always know where to turn.
“People often feel anxious, stressed or have trouble sleeping but sometimes these feelings can become overwhelming and make it harder to cope with everyday life.
“IAPT provides effective techniques, tailored to individuals, to help people overcome and manage their feelings of stress, low mood and worry. You do not need to try and cope on your own, our IAPT services can help.”
Ella Brown, a trainee psychological wellbeing practitioner, said: “Kirklees IAPT has a very friendly and supportive team who are always ready to help.
“The service is accessible from 8am-8pm giving more people the opportunity to receive support.
“As well as individual sessions, IAPT offers group therapy which gives people the opportunity to interact with others who are going through similar issues.”
For more information about IAPT services in Kirklees, call 01484 343700 or visit www.askforIAPT.co.uk.