Support is available for Merton residents this World Mental Health Day
- The NHS in Merton has introduced extra talking therapy services to reduce waiting times
- Merton residents can speak to a therapist in person, over the phone and online
The NHS in Merton is encouraging residents who are feeling anxious or low to seek support this World Mental Health Day (Wednesday, 10 October).
NHS commissioners locally have introduced new talking therapy services to ensure those who need it can speak to someone within seven days.
Dr Andrew Otley, Merton GP and Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Clinical Director for mental health said:
"Over 24,000 Merton residents are thought to have depression or anxiety.
"GPs in Merton have identified just over 12,000 people with depression, which indicates there is more to do to make sure Merton residents get the treatment they need.
"World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity for us all to be thinking about our mental wellbeing. If you feel like you're not coping, professional support can really help.
"There are lots of different ways to speak to someone in Merton for free through the NHS - at a time and in a way that works for you."
There is now a greater choice in the type of services available in Merton – from an online text based therapy session, to the more traditional face to face therapy session in person.
More appointments are available, with online and phone options at evenings and weekends, which means services can fit around people's work and home lives.
Talking therapy services can be accessed through speaking to your GP and also by applying directly online.
Other mental health services, including for children and young people, are also available. More information is available at www.mertonccg.nhs.uk/local-services.