The Primary Care and Mental Wellbeing Service is run by Health & Social Services Department and based in GP Surgeries and community settings. This is a free service for people with mild to moderate mental health symptoms.
To be referred to the service contact your GP.
How the service works
Following your referral to the service, a mental health professional will contact you and arrange to meet at a GP surgery. At the first meeting with your wellbeing practitioner they will work with you to understand what the problem is and agree the next steps. They will match your needs to an appropriate service. It is likely that you will be offered between one and eight therapy sessions, possibly more if required. All the approaches offered by the Primary Care Mental Health & Wellbeing service follow evidence-based guidelines for the most effective treatments for anxiety and/or depression.
What the service offers
- Guided self-help
Your practitioner will give you a workbook, based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT offers practical solutions to manage unhelpful thoughts and feelings. You will be supported by your practitioner, at regular intervals, as you work through the self-help programme.
- Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT)
cCBT is CBT delivered through your computer using a program. The cCBT program we offer is called ‘Beating the Blues’. You can access this securely with a username and password via the internet, and you will be offered support and guidance at regular points by your practitioner whilst you complete it.
- Individual Therapy
If you need further individual therapy, a practitioner will offer to meet with you for a specific number of sessions, using the most effective evidence-based approach for your needs. These sessions will take place in a GP/Community setting.
These are run regularly and are designed to aid skills development to manage stress and mood. They have an ‘evening class’ educational structure.
For more information contact the service on 725241 extension 3307