By Joshua Robinson –
Anxiety is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday 15th May to Sunday 21st May). South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is sharing information to help people know what to do if they are experiencing feelings of anxiety.
Anxiety is a feeling of being worried, tense, or afraid. It is normal to feel anxious sometimes, especially when dealing with a stressful event or changes in life.
But it is important to know that if these feelings are stopping you from doing the normal things in life you do, NHS Talking Therapies services can help.
NHS Talking Therapies:
NHS Talking Therapies support people in Calderdale and Kirklees. They offer help in a supportive and non-judgmental environment and understand that people experience anxiety in different ways.
They work with GPs and aim to give people the skills and techniques to manage their mental wellbeing, alongside options such as one to one support, face to face sessions, telephone support, and online therapies and courses.
People can be referred to NHS Talking Therapies by their GP, or people can refer themselves over the phone or online.
Kate Iddon, a cognitive behavioural therapist working in NHS Kirklees Talking Therapies says: “Most people will experience anxiety. But it is when stress and worry start to impact on your day-to-day life, that NHS Talking Therapies can help.”
“Some people might not know what to expect when they speak to a professional about their mental wellbeing but our trained professionals can give you tailored techniques and therapies to help you manage those feelings in a friendly and supportive way. It is easy to speak to us, either get in touch with your GP about a referral or contact our Talking Therapies services directly.”
‘Choose Well for Mental Health’ Guides:
People can also use ‘choose well for mental health’ guides which help people to know what support is best for them.
The guides, which are available for adults as well as for children and young people, give practical information to help look after people’s mental health and wellbeing, know where to go for help and support if needed, and what to do if yourself, or somebody you know is experiencing a mental health crisis.
You can find ‘choose well for mental health’ guides on the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website: Choose well for mental health – South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, or by searching online for ‘choose well for mental health’.
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides community, mental health and learning disability services to the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees, and Wakefield. The Trust also provides some medium secure (forensic) services to the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber.
To find out more please visit: https://www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/
Mental Health Awareness Week is run each year by The Mental Health Foundation.
To find out more please visit: Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 | Mental Health Foundation