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​New improved mental health services to be rolled out across Merton 

NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced today (20 March 2019) it is investing in expanding and improving mental health services to give local patients greater support, with a focus on wellbeing. 
South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has been commissioned by the CCG to provide a new primary care mental health service, called Merton Uplift, which will be available from 1 April 2019.
‘Merton Uplift’ will offer a broad range of support for people in Merton who are experiencing mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression. The service will include talking therapies as well as support with practical skills to help maintain a feeling of wellness.
1 in 4 people will experience a mental illness at some point in their life and ensuring people have access to the right support and advice when they need it is at the heart of Merton Uplift’s approach.
Dr Andrew Otley, Merton GP and Merton CCG Clinical Director for mental health said: “Improving mental health in Merton is a priority for the CCG - which is why we’re investing to improve services based on what local people have told us is important.”
He added: “The new Merton Uplift service will make it easier for people feeling anxious or low to get the right support, by speaking to someone over the phone or online, as well as through face to face sessions. The service will also address other factors which can affect mental wellbeing – like advice and guidance in areas such as employment, benefits and housing.”
SWLSTG Chief Executive, David Bradley, said: “In developing Merton Uplift we have worked closely with local community groups to understand how we could make our services more accessible. As a result I am pleased that from April 2019 we will be able to offer an innovative new service that will help thousands of people to get easy access to the help they need to get better”. 
The service will provide:
  • One assessment for each patient – avoiding multiple appointments
  • Partnership working with Carers Support for Merton, Focus 4-1 and Wimbledon Guild and relationships with a range of other organisations in Merton
  • Greater choice for patients on treatment locations and times to make support easy for everyone
  • Digital service options including Ieso, SilverCloud and Skype – greater help for people with long term conditions with Central London Community Healthcare and other providers
SWLSTG is launching a new communications campaign to make local residents aware of the new services available. More information will be available on the SWLSTG website soon.