As part of a national roll out, West London NHS Trust’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service has been renamed NHS Talking Therapies and residents over 18 in Ealing can get free help for a range of issues including depression, OCD, stress and anxiety.
As well as the new name for the service, the NHS service has also simplified the way to be referred to it which allows people over the age of 18 to self-refer themselves. Following research, the NHS says that by simplifying the process for access to the service, it aims to encourage more people to come forward at an earlier stage of need.
Dr Ruth Dennis, head of Psychology for the Psychological Medicine service line said: “This change is a positive step forward in our mission to make primary mental health support more accessible to the public. We believe that the new name, Talking Therapies, better reflects the ethos of our service and will be more meaningful for individuals seeking support.”
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