Stress, worry, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems affect one in four of us regardless of our age, gender or background. However, due to the fear of being judged or secluded, too many of us do not feel comfortable talking about our emotional state with others, and hesitate to seek support, to the extent of choosing to live our lives by hiding our problems, or ignoring them until symptoms worsen.
Fortunately, something as simple as talking about mental health can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.
It’s Time to Talk Day on Thursday 7 February 2019, which is about bringing together the right ingredients to have conversations about mental health.
And the conversation starts with you!
Identifying our own distress, understanding our needs and taking steps to reach out for help is a big step toward bringing about a positive change in our lives.
To make reaching out easier for you, as health and social care providers in West London, we spoke to the members of the community, who said they wanted a service that puts them in control of their own recovery and supports them with their physical, social and mental health needs.
Community Living Well does just that!
It’s a collaborative offer of different services from the NHS and voluntary sector for people with common and stable mental health difficulties. It makes it easy for you, and anyone who cares for you, to access a wide range of clinical and wellbeing support.
It does so by offering:
- A variety of Psychological Therapies, both face-to-face and in groups, including Mother Tongue Counselling (in Arabic and Farsi languages) to help you develop better understanding of your problems and experiences, learning healthy strategies to manage difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
- 1-to-1 support from Primary Care Liaison Nurses for medical and lifestyle management.
- Employment Support to find or retain work; 1-to-1 support to effectively Navigate through services around benefits, debt or accommodation issues.
- Peer Support to reduce isolation and build skills.
Make your mental health needs a priority this year, and if you are an adult registered with a GP in Kensington & Chelsea, Queen’s Park or Paddington, ask your GP or get in touch with us directly to sign up to Community Living Well Services:
Tel: 020 3317 4200