A Warwickshire woman is backing a mental health campaign urging people to pick up the phone to seek help sooner, rather than later.
The campaign urging people not to suffer in silence comes from counsellors and therapists at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT). It is being backed by 57-year-old Tracey, whose life was turned around after she attended group sessions and learned how to cope with often overwhelming anxiety.
“I am supporting the #NowICan campaign because I want people whose lives are badly affected by a loss in confidence to know that they are not alone… and to know that there are fantastic therapy services here in Coventry and Warwickshire, ready and waiting, to help get your life back on track. My wonderful therapist helped me to deal with my overwhelming sense of inadequacy, particularly at work. Because of my worries, I even lost the confidence to park my car. But now I can park again, and much more.”
Almost 2,000 people are already being supported each month by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT) for conditions ranging from low mood, over-worrying and panic attacks, through to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.
But counsellors and therapists at the Trust believe many more people may be struggling with their mental health, especially following Christmas and New Year, because they are not hearing from as many people as they would expect. Appointments are available and these experts want more people to benefit from their life-changing services.
Run by the NHS, these services are totally free and confidential. Anyone living in the area can call 024 7667 1090 to speak to a trained colleague who will listen, ask some simple questions, and arrange an assessment.
CWPT’s Helen Stephenson said: “No-one needs to suffer in silence yet so many of the people we see have been struggling for a long time. We know first-hand how ignoring problems that affect our mental health can lead to more serious and longer lasting difficulties.
“That’s one of the reasons why we’ve launched our #NowICan campaign. We want people to know that our services are here, ready and waiting, and to know that we are human too. We will listen, understand and help people to overcome whatever is stopping them from moving forward with their lives or from being happy.
“We are also encouraging organisations and businesses across Coventry and Warwickshire to spread the message to their staff and customers. Between us, we can help to address the stigma wrongly attached to mental health so that more people can feel well, healthy and positive, and able to keep going.”
People calling the referral number will receive an appointment for an initial assessment that leads to a range of support and options, for example, specific advice and guidance, one-to-one counselling, or group sessions at locations across Warwickshire, Coventry, Rugby and Solihull.
Do you think you might need help?
If you are registered with a GP in Coventry, Rugby, Warwickshire or Solihull you can refer yourself for an initial appointment or you can be referred by your GP or other health professional by telephoning 024 7667 1090. Lines are open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Even if you’re not sure whether you need help, we are happy to hear from you and will be able to provide you with the advice and guidance you need.
For more information and updates follow us on Twitter @CWPT_IAPT and @CWPT_NHS #NowICan