Venues Sought to House New Mental Health Service – 01/07/09

A new service aimed at improving the mental health and well being of residents across Dudley is appealing for locations to host sessions.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s new Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) team is seeking community venues throughout the borough which it can use for free on a regular basis.

The IAPT programme is a government-funded project aimed at ensuring people with mild to moderate mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety, are able to access therapies closer to home.

Dudley’s IAPT team offers quick and easy access to treatments including guided self help and cognitive behavioural therapy, which helps people experiencing mental ill health explore how their thoughts impact on how they feel and behave.

The service, which has 25 staff, is appealing for organisations to donate a room for a set time every week so it can run its various programmes.

Lesley Burton, the mental health trust’s IAPT project lead, said: “Our service is all about improving the well being of people in Dudley who are experiencing mild to moderate mental ill health and may benefit from having access to talking therapies.

“We want to reach out into local communities and make sure we are providing our therapies in a setting that is convenient for the people we treat, which is why we are looking for community venues.

“We have been working with our partners to source free venues for our project and have already secured some but we would like to find more.

“If anyone can provide us with a room on a regular basis please get in touch.”

People who can help the IAPT team can contact the service on 01384 361293.