Today may be labelled 'Blue Monday' 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.
Mental health problems affect people in different ways, from low to serious impact.
It can be extremely debilitating with common symptoms including inability to sleep, seeing no point in the future and feeling disconnected from other people.
We all have mental health and need to look after our wellbeing.
At Merton CCG we want to remind people that there is free and confidential help available.
Please do contact Thinkaction (mIAPT Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) for help and advice. You can self-refer to Thinkaction. To find out more about referring yourself to these services directly online visit www.thinkaction.org.uk here or call 0300 0120012.
You can also contact the service on email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 3823 9063.
Dr Andrew Otley, Merton GP and Merton CCG Clinical Lead for mental health said:
"In Merton our IAPT service 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.
The free service provides support and help for people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, low mood and stress and is provided by the national charity Addaction."
Services include a range of NHS treatments, such as counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) group work and online support and are available for people who are registered with a GP in Merton, or who are resident in the borough. They are based at a number of GP practices and community venues and therapy is offered in languages other than English.