New NHS service brings extra weekend and evening online talking therapies to Merton
An innovative talking therapies service offering one to one online appointments with a therapist, including during the evening and at the weekend is being launched in Merton.
The service will run alongside and support Merton's main talking therapies service commissioned by the CCG Thinkaction Merton (mIAPT).
These free NHS service can help with many different mental health problems including:
- Depression (including post-natal depression)
- Fears and phobias
- Panic attacks
- Social anxiety and shyness
Anyone living in Merton and or registered with a Merton GP can refer themselves directly to the services by visiting the websites:
Dr Andrew Otley, Merton GP and Merton CCG Clinical Director for mental health said:
"This is about making sure people can access the support they need, when they need it and at a time and location that works for them. This additional service will offer quick and convenient access to vital mental health support for anyone in Merton feeling anxious, stressed or depressed.
"The service is confidential, discreet and easy to access, ideal for those who would prefer therapy without having to attend face-to-face sessions. Appointments can be scheduled for any time of day, including evenings and weekends, to fit around work and other life commitments."
Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be used to treat a range of common mental health conditions, and has been proven to work in a way that is as effective as face-to-face therapy.
The IESO online CBT is offered over the internet using written (typed) conversations. Service users connect one-to-one with their therapist at a scheduled time and can chose any location that is convenient to them.
Appointments are usually 30-60 minutes long and as they are online it means people can take part from anywhere that can connect to the internet with a PC, tablet or smartphone.