Thurrock’s brand new psychological therapies and Recovery College service is now offering a range of therapies, courses and materials for people over 18 who are suffering from depression and/or anxiety.
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and Recovery College service is provided by Inclusion Thurrock and is an important step forward in enhancing how we support better mental health in the area. Find out more about the services provided:
Since its launch in April, over 5,000 appointments have been booked and 1,500 Thurrock residents have been helped by the range of therapies that form part of the psychological/talking therapies service.
Talking therapies involve talking to someone trained to help you deal with negative feelings. They give people the chance to talk about their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behaviour and mood, helping people work out where negative feelings come from and why they are there.
These therapies have been shown to be at least as effective in treating depression as flu vaccines are in preventing flu.
As well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), online CBT and counselling, a number of wider services are available, including support relating to advocacy, employment, debt, housing, bereavement and drug and alcohol misuse.
In partnership with Thurrock Mind, Inclusion Thurrock has recently launched the Recovery College. The college provides educational courses across Thurrock that help people learn what gives us the best chance of staying well.
Open to all but particularly beneficial to those experiencing low mood or depression, the courses cover topics such as staying well, food and mood, caring for carers, understanding depression and understanding anxiety.
The courses are partly produced and delivered by people that have personally experienced mental health issues known as Peer Trainers.
Find out more
If you feel that poor mental health is having a negative impact on your quality of life, you can talk to your GP about a referral, call Inclusion Thurrock directly on 01375 898680 or self-refer using the online form. The service is open to everyone in Thurrock over the age of 18, and the phone line is open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
For more information on the services, visit the Inclusion Thurrock website.