It’s time to talk about mental health

07 February 2019

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. This Time to Talk Day we want to encourage everyone to talk about mental health.

It’s normal to feel anxious, stressed or worried at times, but if things are getting on top of you it can be difficult if you feel like you have to cope alone.

Whether your issues are caused by problems you face every day, or by events that have happened in your past, you don’t have to suffer in silence and the NHS has a free and confidential Talking Therapies service that will work with you to help you feel better. The phone line is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Dr Raj Kumar, BHR CCGs’ Clinical Lead for Mental Health, said: “The Talking Therapies team offers a wide range of effective and practical techniques for anyone who is experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood, or depression. Through discussions with therapists you will be offered support that works best for you. This could either be through workshops, group sessions, or guided self-help; or through one-to-one support. You will be in regular contact with your therapist and will be able to evaluate your progress on an ongoing basis.”

“Please be assured that if the therapists feel Talking Therapies is not right for your needs, they will direct you to another service that can support you.”

You don’t need to see your GP, just visit the Talking Therapies website or call 0300 300 1554 (select option 1 for Redbridge) for more information and to speak to the team of experts. The phone line is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you or someone you know needs urgent or out of hours mental health help or advice, you can call the Mental Health Direct helpline any time of the day or night on 0300 555 1000.