Healthy Minds celebrating ten years of service in Buckinghamshire

Healthy Minds celebrating ten years of service in Buckinghamshire

Over the last ten years Buckinghamshire Healthy Minds has helped over 50,000 people experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression or stress; equivalent to one in ten adults in Buckinghamshire.

Healthy Minds was set up ten years ago as one of the first NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services. Bridging the gap for those with common mental health problems by creating easy access to talking therapies, practical support and employment advice.

John Pimm, our clinical lead for the Buckinghamshire Psychological Therapies Pathway, said: “There has been an increase in understanding of the importance of mental health over the past 10 years.

“I am pleased to say that during this time Healthy Minds has played a really important role in helping people with anxiety and depression in Bucks to access evidence based treatment. The majority of people who engage with psychological therapy recover and stay well.”

Healthy Minds is actively involved in innovation and research to improve services for people with depression, anxiety and stress. Work the service has done on improving recovery rates, helping people manage the emotional side of long term conditions (diabetes, COPD, cardiac etc.) and employment support have been used as examples of best practice nationally.

In addition to individual face to face, group and telephone therapies Healthy Minds also offers a range of digital therapies. We will soon be launching Skype consultations, supporting people in the comfort of their own homes, as well as developing other digital innovations such as an app to help people with sleep difficulties.

The service celebrated the day with a lunchtime event for staff and service users, launching their newly refurbished base in High Wycombe.

Adults 18 and over in Buckinghamshire can self-refer at any time to Healthy Minds: call us 01865 901600 during normal working hours, fill in our online referral form, or text ‘TALK’ to 07798 667169.

If you live in Oxfordshire, get in touch with Talking Space Plus, where we provide a similar service for Oxfordshire residents.

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Published: 12 November 2018