£1.2m NHS psychological therapies service launches in Kirklees
People in Kirklees are set to benefit from a new NHS service which provides fast access to psychological therapies, also known as ‘talking therapies’.
The Primary Care Psychological Therapy Service is being provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who has worked with NHS Kirklees to offer this service to local people in GP surgeries and health centres, at an investment of £1.2m.
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in the course of a year and the new service provides therapy for people who are suffering from the most common types of mental health problems, such as depression, panic disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and some forms of eating disorders.
The range of therapies available to individuals will be chosen according to their own personal needs and preferences. Treatment could include either individual or group sessions and include both face-to-face contact and telephone support. It could also see individuals being helped to access other services including social services and exercises schemes, if it is felt this would benefit an individual’s mental wellbeing.
more…. Speaking about the service, Terry Dutchburn, Director of business development and planning for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, "The launch of this new service is great news for Kirklees. People across the country have been asking for better access to psychological therapies for common mental health problems, and we are delighted we have been able to launch this service in Kirklees.
"Mental health problems are far more common than many people realise and Kirklees residents are now able to access the services they need easily, without delay and in their local community. This new service represents a significant £1.2m investment by NHS Kirklees and a huge step forward in providing psychological therapies at a primary care level."
Individuals in Kirklees who are interested in accessing the new service need to speak to their GP. Individuals will be given a choice about where they wish to be seen and will also be able to choose the type of therapy that will suit them best.