We are supporting this year’s Depression Awareness Week (26 April to 3 May) by highlighting the mental health services available to local people. This follows the appointment of a new provider of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and Mental Health Facilitator services for Leicestershire earlier this month.
Let’s Talk – Wellbeing is the new name for the IAPT service which is now provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare. It provides a range of treatment and support for people with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, using psychological therapists who work with patients using a range of ‘talking therapies’ to help them move towards recovery.
One in five people will experience depression at some point in their lives, an illness which causes intense feelings of continuous sadness and hopelessness, together with physical effects such as sleeplessness, loss of energy and concentration or physical aches and pains.
Depression can develop gradually or be triggered by a traumatic event such as redundancy, divorce, separation or bereavement, or financial issues. It is both common and treatable and the majority of people can and do recover given the right help and support.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, a GP and Chair of West Leicestershire CCG, said: “As a practising GP, I would urge people to seek help for depression. It is a very rewarding and worthwhile condition to treat. Unfortunately there is still stigma attached to depression which we must banish. It is good to talk and our new services will help people do just this.
Let’s Talk – Wellbeing provides trained psychological therapists who work with patients using a range of different approaches such as stress control courses, group workshops, one-to-one appointments, self-help books, leaflets and telephone support. Just having a chance to talk to someone who is qualified to help can set people on the path to recovering their emotional health and wellbeing.”
Exercising regularly, socialising, taking up a hobby, not drinking too much alcohol and maintaining a healthy diet can also have a positive effect on people’s mental health.