Health in Mind (Mid Essex IAPT) is part of the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative, offering free and confidential talking therapy and practical support for adults with common mental health problems including anxiety and depression.
Health in Mind is provided by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Mid and North Essex Mind and Chelmsford Counselling Foundation.
This FREE service is available to all patients registered with a GP practice in mid Essex and Castlepoint and Rochford. This service is open to people aged 17 and over.
After your needs are assessed you will be offered the most appropriate care with a trained professional, which may include talking therapy to help you manage your current mental health problem including
- Stress and anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Depression including pre and post-natal
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Living with a long term condition such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain or IBS.
- Providing care for a loved one, friend or family member
Treatment sessions may be by phone, online, in groups or face-to-face. Treatment options are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a structured therapy where you will set goals you want to reach and work on changes you can make to patterns of thoughts and behaviours to help you attain your goal.
How can I access Health in Mind?
You can self refer and do not need to see your GP first.
You can also call the service on 01376 308704 or pick up a self-referral form from your GP surgery or asking your GP to make a direct referral.
SilverCloud: online mental health support
If you are looking for extra support with your mental health and do not want to speak to a health professional, you can log on to Silvercloud – a free and secure online self-help programme that is proven to help with anxiety, stress and depression.
Why choose online support?
Access is immediate with no GP referral required. You can log onto the system from your computer, smart phone or tablet at any time of the day or night.
This means that you can slot your therapy into a time that suits you, instead of having to attend in person or trying to squeeze sessions into a busy week. You have the freedom to choose to complete your weekly therapy sessions in the environment of your choice and at a time that suits you.
How does online therapy work?
Programmes consist of informative and interactive modules which you can complete at your own pace to help improve your wellbeing.
A supporter from North Essex IAPT will guide you through the SilverCloud programme at your own pace, where you will learn effective ways of managing feelings of anxiety, depression and stress. You will have up to six online reviews with your supporter, roughly every two weeks, to help you make progress.
The self help modules are easy to use with tools and activities to help you think better, manage your life and livewell. The goal of each module is for you to take the information and techniques learned – and to start applying them in your day-to-day life. At regular intervals, your supporter will check your progress and provide feedback and guidance.
Is this service right for me?
- I am currently experiencing low mood and/or anxiety.
- I would like to make active changes to improve my wellbeing.
- I can commit to 1-2 hours a week logging onto the online programme, independently in my own time.
- I can commit to regular practice of helpful techniques to improve my mood.
- I have access to the internet.
If you answered yes to the above five questions, then we recommend signing up by clicking the link below.
Mid and North Essex Mind
Provides help and support for those with mental health issues for adults and young people
Telephone: 01206 764600