One in four of us in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year – and the most common mental health difficulties are stress, anxiety and depression. To make it easier for adults in Fife to obtain psychological help for common emotional problems we’ve launched a new website, Access Therapies Fife.
Research has shown that people can really benefit from attending courses and working with groups to learn new skills to manage stress, anxiety, low moods or how to become more confident and assertive – these changes and skills can lead to improvements in mental health. Taking this first step by using the help and advice tools available may also avoid the waits sometimes associated with going through your GP or another health professional.
What does the website offer:
- Courses – Step on Stress, Back on Trac, Assertiveness and Improving Well-being – these courses help to focus on the relationships between thoughts, behaviours and feelings and how to deal with these.
- Change Up – a weekly therapy group which helps people overcome a range of emotional problems.
- Self-help options.
- Information on local support and resources.
All courses and groups are held across Fife and run regularly throughout the year.
“This new website will make it easier and quicker for adults across Fife to access high quality psychological help – the options available are important additions to the psychological services provided in Fife,” said Dr Frances Baty, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Adult Health Psychology, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership
At the launch of the new website at Lynebank Hospital, Julie Paterson, Divisional General Manager (Fife-wide), Fife Health & Social Care Partnership added, “Within the mental health service we hope to help people achieve their aspirations, while offering help when they need it. This website is a significant development in psychological therapies through self-referral and builds on our ambition to remove barriers that deter people from seeking help”.
Access Therapies website – https://www.accesstherapiesfife.scot.nhs.uk/
Dr Frances Baty| Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Adult Mental Health Psychology, Fife
Hazel Williamson| Communications Officer, Health & Social Care Partnership