Warwick Residents to benefit from a new mental health support service – locally funded and locally based
An innovative new mental health service has been launched from July 2020 for Warwick residents. Funded by the local Charities in Warwick, the Active Monitoring service will deliver a range of tools to support local people with issues which include stress, depression, low self-esteem and anger, through local GP practices.
Active Monitoring is being made available to patients aged 11 years and over with a CV34 postcode at Priory Medical Centre and Chase Meadow Health Centre. The service offers self-help tools and techniques supporting the patient to manage and maintain their wellbeing.
The service can help those who have the following concerns:
The new service is suitable for anyone experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the support is provided either on the telephone, over video conferencing, or within the surgery whilst maintaining social distancing measures.
Maria Fennell, Chief Executive of Springfield Mind said: “Springfield Mind is committed to promoting wellbeing and to prevent mental health problems in Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We are thrilled to be able to put this into practice locally using our Active Monitoring Practitioners, who have been funded for three years to deliver the service. Our clear vision looks to make sure that the public can achieve their own personal wellbeing and the support that Active Monitoring offers will help to realise that for many people.”
Dr Nick Yates, GP lead at Priory Medical Centre, said: “This new service assures the public that the NHS remains focussed on enhancing access to medical health services for the population of South Warwickshire. Mental health has been recognised as a local need as well as being a critical component of the NHS Long Term Plan and I am delighted that our residents will now be able to get support through this new service.”
Sarah Hargreaves, Practice Manager at Chase Meadow Health Centre, said: “Patients often ask for the provision of services to be delivered closer to home and by delivering this service from our two medical centres in Warwick, this supports that ask; in light of the current pandemic this is even more relevant.”
Dr Ann Thurley, the Chair of the Projects and Grants Committee of The Charity of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler, said: “The Warwick Charities of King Henry VIII Endowed Trust, Warwick Relief in Need, Warwick United Charities, Warwick Provident Dispensary and Oken are delighted to give this special funding to enable not only adult patients but also the younger generation to benefit from this new innovative approach to help common mental problems.”
“We have all been very aware that mental health services will be even further stretched if not overwhelmed by the added repercussions of COVID-19 on mental health and therefore Springfield Mind will ensure that help will be readily available to respond to the mental health needs of the people of Warwick.”
The new service can be accessed by speaking with your GP or a health professional. Active Monitoring is provided by Springfield Mind and funded by a grant provided by local Charities in Warwick led by the Charity of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler.