NHS Lanarkshire has launched a new website offering advice and support to help people cope with mental health.
The new Lanarkshire Mind Matters website aims to help people with anxiety, depression and sleep issues by offering free resources.
Dr Gary Tanner told us the website provides links to self-help for issues such as anxiety, depression and panic, as well as a range of free online courses and therapy information. .
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The Director of Psychological Services at NHS Lanarkshire added: ‘People can also access ‘Calm Distress’ – a new online therapy course, designed for people aged 16 and over to help manage stress, anxiety, emotions and well-being.
“The idea is simple: to provide high-quality, evidence-based therapy ideas in a way that anyone with an internet connection can access. The course is comprised of pre-recorded videos, as well as downloadable materials .
“During five user-friendly sessions, Calm Distress will guide people through ways they can open up to everyday stress, recognize their warning signs, and learn new ways to cope.
“Each Calm Distress video is around 20 minutes long, giving you a lot of useful information in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea.
“You can watch the videos in any order you want, depending on what you want to focus on – such as difficult thoughts or feelings – and you can come back to them at any time.”
He continued, “There are also booklets to accompany the videos, which you can download and view if you wish. We’ve designed it so you can do what you think works for you, whenever you want.
“Calm Distress is another major step forward in our digital development. Covid-19 has highlighted the need to do things differently, and our staff have been working tirelessly to develop new ideas.
He added: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to access help and advice that they can put into practice immediately. Calm Distress will potentially benefit thousands of people now and in the future.
“Since it started, hundreds of people from all over Lanarkshire have benefited from Calm Distress.
“Psychological Services also continues to offer patient assessment and treatment through telephone, video and outpatient consultations.”
There are a range of resources and support offered on the website, including ‘Calm Distress Therapy Classes’ which help people learn new ways to manage their own emotions and improve their individual well-being.
There is also advice on how to deal with psychological wellbeing during the pandemic, a range of support is available to help people adjust and adjust to pandemic life.
A range of online cognitive behavioral therapy courses are also available to tackle a range of issues including: SilverCloud, Beating The Blues and Daylight and Sleepio.
SilverCloud courses aim to help with a range of issues including physical health difficulties with the concept of teaching strategies to manage emotions.
Beating The Blues is an eight session course that can help with anxiety and depression. To participate in this course, you must be referred by a professional.
The Daylight and Sleepio course offers two online programs to help with anxiety, worry, and sleep issues.
Individual and group therapies are offered by the Adult Psychological Therapy team and there are specialist psychological services for the elderly and people with learning disabilities. These teams are referred by professionals.
The new website also offers a range of advice on how people can help themselves and improve their mental health.
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