Help at hand for 26,000 people in Warrington with common mental health problem

Help at hand for 26,000 people in Warrington with common mental health problem

Help at hand for 26,000 people in Warrington with common mental health problem

Help at hand for 26,000 people in Warrington with common mental health problem

First published in News

MORE than 26,000 people in Warrington have been identified as having a common mental health problem, according to latest figures.

The Warrington Primary Care Psychological Service, which has moved into new premises on Bewsey Street to meet the demand, believe a 49 per cent referral increase is down to a number of factors including better screening.

Emma Weighill-Baskerville, head of client services and clinical lead, said: “Within Warrington there are 26,239 people identified as having a common mental health problem.

“This figure does not tell us the severity of the illness or its social impact but it does tell us that there are a lot of people in Warrington who could use some sort of psychological support.

“As a service we analyse our demographic data and work hard in the community to promote psychological support in hard to reach minority groups, people who would find it difficult to access the help for a mental illness owed to cultural, language or access barriers.”

Mental Health Matters runs the Warrington service which treats everything from mild depression to anxiety attacks that prevent patients from leaving the house.

They added nationally people are becoming more aware of mental illness and are getting better at talking about it to each other and their GP.

Miss Weighill-Baskerville added: “Depression and anxiety if left untreated can cause severe debilitating effects on people’s lives, affecting all aspects of physical health, work and family relationships.

“Overall I think the Warrington population are getting better at identifying when they need support and realising that treatment for depression or anxiety is the same as seeking treatment for a psychical health problem.

“Stigma around mental illness is improving and mental wellness is far more attractive.”

Residents can self-refer to the free NHS service by calling 401720 or visit warringtoniapt.org.uk and mentalhealthmatters.com.

ONE Birchwood mum has found the service has made a huge difference to her life after showing symptoms of post traumatic stress when her baby was born two months early.

Charlotte Haworth said she would wake up in the night sweating after having flashbacks and nightmares over being stuck in the hospital and unable to get out.

She was referred to the service when her daughter Becky was six months old and said writing down her experiences made a huge difference.

The 34-year-old added: “It was my first child and a stressful birth which meant I had to spend 10 days in hospital in Salford.

“It’s overwhelming becoming a parent and hard enough anyway but I hadn’t got a pram or cot or even into the mindset of being a mum.

“I had just moved from Manchester so I felt isolated but then started going to Sure Start and then Bosom Buddies referred me to Mental Health Matters to give me a bit more support.

“I was in floods of tears after I told them what I had been through but it was good to be given a reason why I was experiencing the flashbacks.

“You don’t recover from those things overnight but it’s about recognising things that could be triggers and I built a really good rapport with my therapist.

“I think there is a stigma attached to mental health and people get this image you’re going to be locked away if you’re depressed but it’s not like that at all.

“On Facebook everyone gives the impression they’re trying to be a super mum and new mums are expected to get on with it but it’s a very difficult time and people who need help shouldn’t be afraid to ask.”

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12:54pm Tue 27 May 14

Warrington Wife says...

Really, I so hope so? Alot of people are suffering from depression of all sorts, myself in the past and I managed to get great help from my doctor.

My sister has had serious mental health issues for around 8 years now, she has been deemed fit to work? She can't even make a cup of tea for herself or be alone in public for too long, her psychiatrist was never contacted and they can't intervene unless they have been contacted. Why can't they be given the power to intervene for these poor people. If your an alcoholic or a drug addict you get help and benefits to assist your issue? (Just an example I am not pointing a finger)
Really, I so hope so? Alot of people are suffering from depression of all sorts, myself in the past and I managed to get great help from my doctor. My sister has had serious mental health issues for around 8 years now, she has been deemed fit to work? She can't even make a cup of tea for herself or be alone in public for too long, her psychiatrist was never contacted and they can't intervene unless they have been contacted. Why can't they be given the power to intervene for these poor people. If your an alcoholic or a drug addict you get help and benefits to assist your issue? (Just an example I am not pointing a finger) Warrington Wife
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10:06am Wed 28 May 14

Freeborn John says...

The figure of 26,239 is interesting, both for its sheer size and for the fact that Ms Weighill-Baskerville can produce such an exact figure.
Does it reflect the current epidemic of over prescription of tranquillisers by GPs I wonder?
I rather suspect it does.
The figure of 26,239 is interesting, both for its sheer size and for the fact that Ms Weighill-Baskerville can produce such an exact figure. Does it reflect the current epidemic of over prescription of tranquillisers by GPs I wonder? I rather suspect it does. Freeborn John
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5:16pm Thu 29 May 14

pittsy says...

Hi we help run a support group on Facebook for people in warrington, we currently have 150 members and try to offer support for all who require it, the group is closed so only members can see posts
Search for warrington mental health support group and join us
Hi we help run a support group on Facebook for people in warrington, we currently have 150 members and try to offer support for all who require it, the group is closed so only members can see posts Search for warrington mental health support group and join us pittsy
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