Depression and anxiety are by far the most common forms of mental distress in the UK causing substantial disability and distress.
About the service
Talking Changes has been set up to improve access to psychological therapies (also known as talking therapies) across County Durham and Darlington.
The service is part of the national improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) programme. It is run by a joint venture between Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and Mental Health Matters.
Who can we help?
One in four of us will have some sort of mental health problem in our lifetime
and many do not access help. This means there are millions of people in Britain who are either having problems themselves, or know someone else who is experiencing them. These conditions, which range from very mild to quite severe, can occur at any age and many people have to cope with a mixture of problems. It is very common, for example, to experience both depression and anxiety.
The conditions we can help with include:
o Obsessive compulsive disorder
o Other phobias
o Post traumatic stress disorder
Find out more about these conditions here.
How can we help?
Different treatments are recommended for different problems. Talking therapy, self-help approaches, medication and exercise tend to be the most commonly recommended interventions (treatment) for common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. We offer psychological interventions that include talking therapies and self-help programmes.
As well as individual therapy sessions the team will also provide group sessions to help people better manage their anxiety and depression or to share experiences and develop treatment programmes.
Find out more information on the interventions or therapies available here.
Our aim is to make the service as accessible as possible and people can contact Talking Changes directly or through their family doctor.
We also offer a choice of where and when to see therapists and this could mean booking appointments near where the person works instead of where they live. Some treatments will also be offered over the phone or via the internet.