HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

DR Ian Hulme, clin­i­cal lead for men­tal health at NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG and GP with Mead­ow­side Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Con­gle­ton

I’M re­ally proud of our new Talk­ing Ther­a­pies ser­vice that’s tak­ing an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to help­ing peo­ple with mild to mod­er­ate symp­toms of stress, anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion. It’s ground­break­ing be­cause it not only of­fers clin­i­cal sup­port to those who need it – it also pro­vides prac­ti­cal help to tackle un­der­ly­ing prob­lems such as be­reave­ment, fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties or so­cial iso­la­tion.

The clin­i­cal side of the ser­vice is pro­vided by the Big Life group, a Manch­ester-based part­ner­ship of so­cial busi­nesses and char­i­ties with a strong track record of im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives through ap­proaches in­clud­ing cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy. The men­tal well­be­ing ser­vice is man­aged by Mac­cles­field­based Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust with the Dove Ser­vice. The men­tal well­be­ing ser­vice in­cludes weekly drop-in ses­sions in Con­gle­ton (in part­ner­ship with Plus Dane Hous­ing), Hand­forth and Mac­cles­field. This ser­vice of­fers help and guid­ance for a va­ri­ety of is­sues that can af­fect a per­son’s men­tal well­be­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the weekly drop-ins, call Lisa on 07966 992780 or Stephanie on 07814 928436.

To re­fer into the Talk­ing Ther­a­pies ser­vice for one-to-one sup­port, visit www.mytalk­ingther­a­pies. com or call 01625 469955. Peo­ple can re­fer them­selves to the ser­vice if they don’t wish to see their GP first.

Mean­while, Cheshire and Wir­ral Part­ner­ship NHS Foun­da­tion Trust pro­vides ex­cel­lent care to peo­ple with more se­ri­ous men­tal health prob­lems.

But de­spite the wide-rang­ing men­tal health ser­vices avail­able in East­ern Cheshire, there will al­ways be peo­ple who find them­selves feel­ing des­per­ate or hav­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts. Of­ten, such peo­ple may feel there is no one to turn to. In sit­u­a­tions such as these, I would urge peo­ple to call Sa­mar­i­tans, whose spe­cially-trained vol­un­teers pro­vide a con­fi­den­tial lis­ten­ing ser­vice 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Their na­tional helpline is free to call from any phone on 116 123 and the num­ber won’t show up on your phone bill or you can email jo@sa­mar­i­tans.org. Al­ter­na­tively, Sa­mar­i­tans’ Mac­cles­field and Dis­trict branch is on 01625 426000, with calls to this num­ber charged at the lo­cal rate.

Through­out July Sa­mar­i­tans is run­ning a fundrais­ing and aware­ness-rais­ing cam­paign called Talk to Us. To make a do­na­tion or find out more, visit sa­mar­i­tans.org/me­di­a­cen­tre/our-cam­paigns/ talk-us.

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