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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Service expects autumnal rise in stress and anxiety

Published: 09/09/2014

Birmingham Healthy Minds
is raising awareness of how the “talking therapies” service can help people with common mental health problems that can affect anyone including stress and anxiety.

The campaign – which includes a series of radio adverts and posters at bus stops in selected areas  - also highlights that people can refer themselves to the free NHS service and do not have to be referred by their GP or other healthcare professional.

The only criteria are that they must be aged 16 or over and registered with a GP practice in Birmingham.

The service is provided by the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and is being promoted on Capital Radio for the next two weeks and with posters on display at half a dozen bus stops on the high streets of busy areas including Soho Road, Dudley Road, Snow Hill and Broad Street

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Kully Ingram, Partnership Manager for Birmingham Healthy Minds, said: “Birmingham Healthy Minds aims is to provide support to people experiencing problems such as anxiety, low confidence or self-esteem, depression, low mood and stress.  These problems are extremely common and can be caused by everyday life difficulties relating to family, work, study and personal issues.

“In September and October we usually see an increase in problems such as anxiety, stress and feeling low which correlate to the start of the academic year and people feeling anxious about leaving home and going to university, as well as a decline in the weather and less daylight. Parents may also suffer low mood resulting from a teenager going to university and what is known as the ‘empty nest syndrome.’

“We have noticed that figures dip again in the run-up to Christmas because people are so busy and don’t have time to think about their problems but January and February is traditionally a difficult time due to the post-festive slump and the credit card bills landing.”

People can refer themselves by phoning, texting or emailing Birmingham Healthy Minds, using the Amman Walk-In service available at two centres in the city, or be referred by their Birmingham GP. The service offers information, advice and cognitive behavioural therapy which helps people identify thoughts, emotions and behaviour patterns they may wish to change.

Click here to read about Christine’s story of how a referral to Birmingham Healthy Minds led to her completing a cognitive behavioural therapy course and learning some simple techniques to help her manage her anxiety.

For more information or to self-refer, call Birmingham Healthy Minds on 0121 301 2525, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm; or text BHM to 60777; or visit www.birminghamhealthyminds.org