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Beating blue Monday

Wolverhampton Healthy Minds, part of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is helping to make it easier for residents to look after their health and wellbeing for the New Year with the introduction of a new self-referral initiative.

It is well known that in the post-Christmas weeks feeling low, anxious or stressed, are all feelings that many of us might experience, and this is not usually a problem unless it starts to affect the way we function. If this happens it's time to get help, and this is where the Trust's Healthy Minds team come in.

The team offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), perhaps better known as talking therapies, to people who are experiencing common mental health problems such as low mood, anxiety, depression and stress. Talking therapy is a very practical and effective approach to help individuals manage their difficulties, and there is no longer a need for people to visit their GP to ask for referral.

Steve Scrimshaw, Manager of the team said, "Today is being called blue Monday so what better day to tell people about how easy it is get help. We are working in partnership with our local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to increase the number of people who access our service.

We are running 'flash clinics' in community settings throughout Wolverhampton over the next few months to raise awareness of some of the more common mental health problems. We will be offering self-help tools and information on symptoms, and how CBT can be effective.  We want to raise awareness of the help and support on offer, but more importantly we want to make people aware that they can now self-refer into our service if they feel they need support."

For further information on this new initiative or to speak to someone about support please give as a call on 01902 441 856.