Access to talking therapies set to expand in Buckinghamshire

Access to talking therapies set to expand in Buckinghamshire

More adults with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress will be able to access free expert NHS support thanks to the expansion of Healthy Minds, Buckinghamshire’s talking therapies service.

The service offers free and confidential NHS support to adults experiencing common mental health difficulties, including low mood.

The service provides a wide range of different one-to-one therapies, group courses and employment advice. People can self-refer or be referred by GPs or other professionals.

Healthy Minds is the Buckinghamshire Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and is available to adults registered with a GP in Buckinghamshire.

Dr John Pimm, Clinical Lead for Buckinghamshire Psychological Therapies Pathway, said:

“We welcome the expansion of the service as we will be able to support more people in Buckinghamshire.

“The last 18 months have been challenging with the Covid-19 pandemic creating economic, health and social uncertainty. These things can impact on our emotional wellbeing and more people will need access to effective evidence based talking therapies.

“IAPT has transformed the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression and we look forward to helping more people to overcome their depression and anxiety, and better manage their mental health.”

If you live in Buckinghamshire and are experiencing low mood, anxiety, depression or stress get in touch with Healthy Minds. They’re here to help and offer a fast, free and confidential NHS service.

You can refer yourself to the service by visiting the website here, calling (01865 901600) or by texting (TALK and your name to: 07798 667169).

Published: 7 October 2021