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Friday, 04 October 2019

Celebrate World Mental Health Day with Merton Uplift and find out about this free NHS service available to local people

Celebrate World Mental Health Day with Merton Uplift and find out about this free NHS service available to local people

To celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Merton Uplift, free NHS primary care mental health service, is hosting a celebration event to give local people the opportunity to come along and find out more about the services and the benefits it can offer local people.

Having a mental health problem remains the number one reason for not working. Nine out of ten people believe that disclosure of either a past or present mental health problem would damage their career.  Much is already happening to tackle this issue but we need to do more to raise awareness, reduce stigma and discrimination and to get people with mental health problems into work.

From its base in Merton, and other community locations across the borough, Merton Uplift offers a variety of NICE recommended psychological treatments for people over the age of 18 who live in Merton or are registered with a Merton GP and are experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessions and traumatic stress. The service, which is run by South West London at St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) in partnership with Carers Support for Merton, Focus 4-1 and Wimbledon Guild as well as a range of other organisations in Merton, offers:

  • One assessment for each patient – avoiding multiple appointments
  • Greater choice for patients on treatment locations and times to make support easy for everyone
  • Digital service options including Ieso, SilverCloud and Skype
  • Greater help for people with long term conditions with Central London Community Healthcare Trust and other providers

Merton Uplift is based on the values of empowerment and preventing ill health through recognising people's own strengths and capabilities, supporting them to reconnect with their communities and networks.

SWLSTG Clinical Director, Victoria Hill, said: “In developing Merton Uplift we have worked closely with local community groups to understand how we could make our services more accessible. As a result we are able to offer an innovative service that will help thousands of people to get easy access to the help they need to get better. Our ambition is to create a culture change and start new conversations with people about health and wellbeing with the ultimate aim of building resilience within the community. We look forward to celebrating the World Mental Health Day by celebrating the services available to Merton residents.”

The celebration event will take place from 10am to 12noon on Thursday 10 October at the Antoinette Hotel in Wimbledon.

To find out more about Merton Uplift and the services it provides visit www.mertonuplift.nhs.uk or call 020 3513 5888.