Anxious or feeling low – Let’s Talk Wellbeing can help
5th May 2020 | By Melanie Shilton | Posted in Coronavirus
Let’s Talk – Wellbeing provides mental health support for people aged 16 and over who are suffering with anxiety, depression and other similar difficulties across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many more people are now experiencing mental health difficulties and the Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service is available to help people across the City and Counties to manage their conditions.
The Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service offers free talking therapies for common mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and stress all of which can be accessed online.
Support is on offer with one to one sessions via telephone or video conferencing with a therapist, and by accessing online support through our dedicated digital platform Silvercloud which enables patients to access a range of online programmes that can be used at any time on any device, it also allows patients to work at their own pace with regular reviews from a therapist.
Dr Avinashi Prasad, Mental Health Lead and Co-Chair at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “During times of change and uncertainty it is important that we look after our mental health especially when many people are isolating alone or away from friends and family. The Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service is a vital source for mental health support for anyone who needs help across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and we encourage people to register for help when they need it.”
The service has also produced online videos to supplement care covering different topics such as stress control, anxiety management and self-care. People will also be offered the opportunity to take part in interactive webinars on similar topics and special modules that have been developed to deal with anxiety and stress caused by Coronavirus. These sessions will be delivered online by a therapist so that people can engage with the therapist and ask questions.
If you are feeling anxious or low there are some things you can do at home to help:
- Relax – if you’re feeling down make time to relax and unwind
- Stay connected with others – keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues through video and telephone calls
- Look after your body – eat healthily and exercise regularly
- Take breaks from news alerts and social media.
Claire Thompson, Operational Manager for Let’s Talk – Wellbeing, said: “We all need help with our mental health at times and the current situation is likely to be causing more people to need mental health support or could be increasing their existing mental health difficulties. We want people to know that help is still available and that our trained therapists are on hand to offer advice and support over the phone or online. If you feel like things are becoming too much to cope with and this is having an impact on your mental health then please contact us.”
Anyone can access the Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service by registering online here: www.letstalkwellbeing.co.uk and selecting the area you live in.
Alternatively you can register by calling the service directly:
- If you’re registered with a GP practice in Leicester City call 0116 292 7010 or
- If you’re registered with a GP practice in Leicestershire or Rutland call 01509 561100.