19 May 2020

Worries about work, social, physical and psychological wellbeing are the most frequent coronavirus lockdown mental health concerns people are sharing with the Trust’s talking therapies services.

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) provides talking therapies through Newham Talking Therapies, Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies, Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service and Richmond Talking Therapies.

They provide a range of NICE-recommended psychological interventions for adults experiencing issues including low mood, anxiety, stress and traumas and are also providing support for people with coronavirus concerns.

The services are highlighting the issues most discussed by clients during the lockdown as part of national Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, which runs from May 18-24.

The theme is kindness and the teams are sharing common themes to reassure people they aren’t alone if feeling worried and that help and support is in place for those who need it.

They are offering interventions by telephone and digital platforms to those living in or register with a GP in Newham, Bedfordshire, Tower Hamlets or Richmond.  Self and professional referrals are welcomed by telephone or online referral.

Regular webinars on specific themes are also on offer to help service users to develop skills to manage their problems or concerns better.

“This is a challenging time for us all and it is important we all look after our mental health and that of those around us,” said Monton Jienpetivate, Associate Clinical Director for Primary Care Psychological Therapies. 

“If you are anxious, stressed or worried, please contact us. Our teams of qualified and experienced therapists look forward to hearing from you.”

Full details of how to access help and what is on offer can be found on the service websites:

Newham Talking Therapies
Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service
Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies
Richmond Talking Therapies