Every year, Mental Health Awareness Week shines a spotlight on mental health and helps to build meaningful connections with friends, family, colleagues and communities.
The theme for this year is one of the most common mental health problems; anxiety. According to a survey by the Mental Health Foundation, a quarter of adults said they felt so anxious that it stopped them from doing the things they want to do some or all of the time.
If you are struggling with anxiety, worry or stress, you can access support free of charge through the NHS.
TALKWORKS (an NHS Talking Therapies Service, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust) can offer support around managing anxiety in a number of different ways, including:
· One-to-one sessions with a therapist (face-to-face, over the phone or by video call)
· Group therapy sessions and wellbeing workshops
· Access to online self-help
· Live text-based therapy
· Support for anxiety in the workplace, including wellbeing workshops for businesses
You do not need a referral from a GP to access TALKWORKS’ services, you can refer yourself online or over the phone.
The service is part of the NHS and free to access for adults (age 18+) living across Devon (outside Plymouth which has its own service called Plymouth Options). For more information on the different treatment options and therapy services, please visit the TALKWORKS website or call 0300 555 3344.
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