Thursday, 27 July 2017
On Tuesday, MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan joined South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) as they officially launched the new talking therapies service Talk Wandsworth which is commissioned by Wandsworth CCG.
From its new base in the heart of Tooting, Talk Wandsworth offers a variety of psychological treatments for people over the age of 18 who live or work in Wandsworth and are experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessions and traumatic stress.
Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan said: “Mental health is an incredibly important issue and I am very proud to officially launch a service that will break down the barrier for access to mental health services as well as reduce the stigma associated at times with mental health. By providing easier access closer to the community we can really make a difference to the lives of people in Tooting.”
The service includes a wider range of assessment and treatment options, including: Skype-based and face-to-face assessment, two new digital therapy options – SilverCloud (an online therapy system providing CBT support) and IESO (one-to-one live therapy delivered using typed conversation), individual counselling for patients where this is the most appropriate treatment, and a range of new well-being interventions teaching people techniques to help manage problems such as stress, anxiety and sleeping difficulties.
With the new, centrally located hub in Tooting and extended opening hours including evenings and Saturdays making it even easier to access the service, Talk Wandsworth will also continue to provide an outreach service, expanding the range of community locations that the service is provided from across Wandsworth.
These services are also available to people for whom English is not their first language, via an interpreter or a staff member who speaks their language.
SWLSTG NHS Trust Chair Peter Molyneux said: “Talk Wandsworth is just another example of how our Trust is providing more mental health services closer in the community. We recognise that our services need to reflect the changing times and offer support in a more practical, timely and accessible way. This new services will offer people suffering from mental health greater choice about the type of support they receive, when they want it and how they would like it to take place.”
For people who wish to refer themselves to the service, they can do this directly either by telephone, e-mail or website.