Feeling blue this Monday? Free talking therapy can help
- Therapy appointments are available now in person, on the phone and online in Merton
- Talking therapies can help with overcoming stress, anxiety and depression
- Residents can self-refer online, or contact their Merton GP
More talking therapies appointments are available in Merton as mental health services are expanded with additional funding from NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Blue Monday, which falls this year on 21 January, is known as the most depressing day of the year with dark days and financial pressures after Christmas. But depression and other mental health problems can be serious conditions and are not one-day events. In fact 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues during their life.
Dr Andrew Otley, Merton GP and Merton CCG Clinical Director for mental health said:
"More talking therapy appointments are now available in Merton to make it easier for people to get the help they need to improve the way they feel. There is also greater choice – you can speak to someone over the phone or online, as well as through face to face sessions.
"Mental health problems affect people in different ways. It can be extremely debilitating with common symptoms including inability to sleep and feeling disconnected from other people. It is vital we all look after our mental health and I want to remind people of the free and confidential NHS services in Merton.
"Speaking to someone can help you develop ways of coping, be more in control and find ways to overcome stress, low moods or emotional difficulties. I would encourage anyone feeling stressed, or feeling down, to seek support as we know your condition can improve with expert help."
Full details of all the services are listed below. From April 2019 we're putting even more support in place which will address other factors which can affect mental wellbeing – like advice and guidance in areas such as employment, benefits and housing.
Thinkaction Merton (MIAPT)
One-to-one therapy (face to face, telephone or secure webcam) and group therapy. The group therapy includes a wide range of innovative workshops and webinars. You will be contacted within one week of referral, when we'll offer you a first assessment appointment to take place in the next seven days. Workshops are run on a rolling basis.
Register online or call 0300 012 0012.
Ieso Digital Health
Live online therapy through written (typed) conversation with an accredited therapist. No waits to start treatment, and appointments to fit your schedule Monday to Sunday, including evenings.
If you are registered with a Merton GP you can refer yourself or call 0800 074 5560.
Big White Wall
Talking therapy and counselling sessions available from 7am-11pm, 7 days a week.
Sessions are delivered by typing, audio only or via secure webcam.
If you're interested in this service, speak to your GP who can refer you or you can self-refer online.