Make boosting your mental health and wellbeing your number one resolution for 2015 – that’s the message from experts at psychological therapy service Let’s Talk.
At this time of year, our thoughts often turn to what we want to do differently over the next 12 months. Many people pledge to lose weight, others hope to give up smoking or get more exercise.
Our mental wellbeing should also be a high priority, because if you don’t feel emotionally well, you won’t feel happy and fulfilled in your personal, professional or social lives.
Let’s Talk is a completely free service from the NHS that can help, and Community Services Manager Rosemary Neale said now was the perfect time to think about taking the first steps towards making a change.
"With a New Year just beginning, we have the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start," Rosemary explained.
"Conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress affect 1 in 4 of us, but there is absolutely no reason to suffer in silence and allow these things to prevent us enjoying our lives to the full.
"We provide advice over the telephone, but also one to one support in person as well as courses run in groups.
"With the wide range of services we offer, there’s no need to struggle on alone. Taking the first step is the hardest part, but now is the ideal time to do it."
Let’s Talk is an Improving Access to Psychological Therapy service (IAPT). Provided by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, all of its services are completely free.
The courses provided by Let’s Talk include:
Stress and Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Low Self Esteem
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue
Courses are run all over Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, including in Ross, Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Hereford, Leominster, Cirencester, and Moreton-in-Marsh.
The service can be contacted on 0800 073 2200, and courses can be booked either over the telephone or online at www.²gether.nhs.uk/feelbetter