THOSE suffering from mental health problems will be given a helping hand thanks to a healthy grant from Stratford Town Trust.
The £143,000 grant has enabled South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group to offer a new service for adults in Stratford suffering from mild and moderate mental health problems.
The new Active Monitoring service will be provided by charity Springfield Mind and will offer early intervention through five sessions of guided self-help.
The grant will fund three practitioners who will work across the town’s GP practices.
If the service proves to be a success it could then be rolled out across south Warwickshire.
Dr Ian Allwood from Bridgehouse Medical Centre in Stratford said: “We are delighted to have been given this special funding from Stratford Town Trust so our patients can benefit from this new innovative approach to mental health matters.
“The new Active Monitoring service has the potential to make a significant difference for patients with common mental health problems.
“Many people currently wait for mental health symptoms to pass or wait to access support services. Now people in Stratford can get more timely support from Springfield Mind. The service is local, quick to access and face-to-face. We will be able to assess the findings from this pilot in Stratford with a view to opening up the service to a wider cohort of patients in the future.”
People suffering with symptoms of common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem will be referred to the service by their GP.