South London and Maudsley is backing the NHS landmark campaign ‘Help’ to get the nation talking about taking better care of their mental health.
Backed by some of the UK’s biggest artists, the campaign will encourage people struggling with their mental health to seek support.
Since the start of the pandemic some 2.3 million people have come forward for NHS talking therapies, but with new figures out today showing that over 50% of people were concerned about their mental health last year – and around half also experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, and the majority not seeking professional help – many more could benefit.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust offers Talking therapies, or psychological therapies, which are effective and confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners.
They can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression. You can find out more about Talking Therapies in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark on our Talking Therapies page. To find out more about talking therapies visit the NHS website.
David Bradley, Chief Executive David Bradley said:
“Mental ill health impacts one in four people at some point in their life and it is really important that people come forward to seek mental health support to help them to stay well. Talking Therapies can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression - I would encourage anyone experiencing these feelings to come forward to get help. You are not alone.
“Through South London Listens and our two-year programme of mental ill health prevention, we are working to identify and respond to the needs of our communities in partnership with our partners, residents and service users following the Covid-19 pandemic.”
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NHS mental health director Claire Murdoch said:
“The pandemic has taken a toll on the nation’s mental health, and we know January can be a particularly tough month for many.
“Over a million people already use NHS talking therapies every year, but we know we can help millions more just by telling them it’s there for them and that is exactly what this campaign is all about.
“If you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or are feeling low, it’s important you know you are not alone and that it is okay to get help. No one should suffer in silence. NHS staff have pulled out all the stops throughout the pandemic to keep mental health care services open, and it’s fantastic to see some of the biggest names in music back our campaign and encourage people to get the support they need”.