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Free NHS mental health support for people with feelings of anxiety and depression

Residents in Tameside and Glossop who are suffering with feelings of anxiety and depression can access free NHS mental health support.

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing NHS England and NHS Improvement’s latest mental health ‘Help’ campaign to highlight that feelings of anxiety and depression can affect us all - and the NHS is here to help.

The NHS provides a range of talking therapies for common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression which are free, effective and confidential.

Anyone experiencing a common mental health problem is urged to seek help from these NHS services – either by referring themselves, or by contacting their GP practice by visiting their website to complete a confidential online consultation form or phoning if they don’t have digital access. There are lots of different ways of accessing this support including in-person, by video consultation, telephone and interactive text.

The campaign uses lyrics from the Beatles’ song ‘Help’ to bring to life the message that anyone can experience feelings of anxiety and depression, and that it’s totally normal to ask for help. Sony and Apple Corps have kindly gifted the NHS the rights to the song in support of the NHS and mental health.

Famous faces from across music and radio, including Craig David, Tom Grennan, Laura Mvula, Nicola Roberts, Ella Henderson, Max George, as well as an NHS therapist and real people who have benefited from the NHS mental health Talking Therapy services, are supporting the campaign in a powerful new video, featuring the lyrics of ‘Help!’, which calls on people who are struggling to reach out for support through NHS services. You can watch it at the top of the page.

Dr Vinny Khunger, Governing Body GP member for mental health at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, said: “The NHS is here for your mental health, even during the pandemic. Our services have remained open and you can still access care and professional advice for your mental health.”

Dr Asad Ali, co-chair at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, said: “If you’re struggling with your mental health, you are not alone. If you need help you can refer yourself or your GP can refer you.  NHS mental health services are a free, effective and confidential way to treat common mental health issues.  Support can be offered in a number of ways including a self-help workbook with therapist support, as an online course, over the phone, one to one or in a group.”

“If you are worried about your own mental health or because you are worried about someone you know, for example an older person, a child or an adult you can find lots of resources, help and support locally too. Visit the CCG’s website at: https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/mentalhealth.”

For those whose first language is not English, talking therapies can be delivered through multi-lingual therapists or through confidential translators. The NHS are working with SignHealth to deliver Talking Therapies services in BSL. 

Visit nhs.uk/help for more information.

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