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Researchers at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Oxford are conducting a study to find out more about how the type and number of traumas someone experiences affects their perception of feeling defeated and the severity of their posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

We are interested in hearing from people who have experienced either interpersonal (caused by someone else) or non-interpersonal traumas (e.g. accidents, injuries) and have self identified symptoms of PTSD.

If you would like to take part, please go to the following link for more information and to complete the questionnaires; click here

 

 It’s Time to Talk

“Let’s talk. We’re here to help” is the message from Healthy Minds, Buckinghamshire, and TalkingSpace Plus, Oxfordshire, amid the nation’s biggest mental health conversation #TimeToTalk Day.

 

Conversations have the power to change lives.

That’s why, as part of TimeToTalk Day, people are being encouraged to create supportive communities where we can talk openly about mental health and feel empowered to seek help when we need it.

Talking therapy services Healthy Minds, in Buckinghamshire, and TalkingSpace Plus, in Oxfordshire, are IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapy) services provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Both are urging people to reach out for support if they need it.

Deputy clinical lead consultant and cognitive behavioural therapist for Healthy Minds, Josef Landsberg said: “For many people taking that first step to talk to someone about your emotional problems might feel impossible. We may look for all sorts of reasons why it would not work and then convince ourselves to just ‘soldier on’. However, this can come at a huge emotional cost.

“We know that the need for emotional support is far greater since the start of the pandemic. We have worked relentlessly at making it as easy as possible to take that first step to talk to someone by expanding our workforce, and like so many services, adapting our interventions to be delivered online for those people who cannot attend face to face.”

Healthy Minds and TalkingSpace Plus both offer treatment and support to adults experiencing anxiety, depression and low mood. In addition, they both also offer specific treatment to support people with their mental health when they have a long-term physical health condition.

Dr Heather Salt, consultant clinical psychologist and lead for long term health conditions in TalkingSpace Plus, said: “We see many people with emotional distress linked to their health problems such as cardiac and respiratory disease, diabetes and, more recently long covid. We offer support and strategies to help people cope with the difficulties they may experience as a result of their long term physical health condition and emotional distress. We can link with their medical teams for joined up care, helping them to manage their stress, worry and low mood.”

To find out more or to self-refer to Healthy Minds in Buckinghamshire visit the website , text TALK and your name to 07798 667169 or call 01965 901600.

To find our more or to self-refer to TalkingSpace Plus in Oxfordshire visit the website or call 01865 901 222.

One of the Time to Talk Day missions is to change this stigma and encourage everyone to be more open: talking, listening and changing lives through conversation.

Getting involved in Time to Talk Day 2022 is easy and the suggestions are:

  1. Have a conversation about mental health, with a friend, family member or anyone.
  2. Tell your story online. It’s amazing that your own experience could help hundreds, maybe even thousands, of others.
  3. Challenge mental health stigmas in media and the bad coverage it sometimes gets.
  4. Learn more about mental health problems and how you can help the people in your life who may face them.
  5. Volunteer with or donate to a mental health charity.

Time to Talk Day is a campaign by Mind, Rethink Mental Health and Coo-op, supported by our local partners Oxfordshire Mind, which with Oxford Health is a member of Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, and Buckinghamshire Mind.

 

Healthy Minds, here to “Help!”.

Healthy Minds join plethora of stars to “Help!” you with your mental health thanks to the Beatles.

Buckinghamshire’s talking therapy service Healthy Minds is waiting for your call as national landmark mental health campaign launches with ‘Help!’ From The Beatles. Backed by some of the biggest recording artists, the new landmark campaign uses the classic 1964 Beatles song to reinforce the message for people to take better care of their mental health.

People struggling with their mental health are encouraged to seek immediate help – just like the theme of the famous Beatles song – and say ‘Help me if you can I’m feeling down’ thanks to some of the biggest recording artists, like Craig David, Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts, Tom Grennan, Laura Mvula, Ella Henderson and Max George.

It is hoped the poignant soundtrack will encourage people to think and reflect about their mental health.

 

According to NHS England and Improvement, since April 2020, over 230,000 nationally have come forward for NHS talking therapies.

 

Anybody experiencing anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns in Buckinghamshire is encouraged to get in touch and see how talking therapies also known as IAPT (Improved Access to Phycological Therapies) can help them. 

 

Josef Landsberg, Deputy Clinical Lead at Healthy Minds, said: “You have nothing to lose and so much to gain by taking those first steps and asking for help from your local IAPT service. Healthy Minds, the Buckinghamshire IAPT service, want you to come forward so made it even easier to get your foot in the door by offering Bucks residents the option to choose and book their first appointment online by simply visiting their website. In addition to this the service can also be accessed via conventional routes and effective treatment is available either face to face, over the phone or by video consultation.”  

So, ‘we can help you if you’re feeling down’ easily self-refer by visiting Healthy Minds, call us now on 01865 901600 or text “TALK” and your name to 07798 667169. 

 

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Covid-19 update: We are currently supporting people safely and effectively mainly through the use of digital solutions or telephone appointments, although there are some in-person appointments available. If you have any questions about this please contact us.