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Mental Health Support

This is the link for the North Yorkshire Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) service.

IAPT is a national NHS programme designed to increase the availability of talking therapy treatments recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

It is believed that one in four people experience mental ill health at some point in their lives.

Significant events like bereavement, unemployment, relationship breakdown, traumatic events or even stress at work can lead to difficulties requiring help and support. Problems with low mood and anxiety can develop and make it difficult for us to cope with life’s daily demands.

IAPT seeks to use the least intrusive method of care possible to treat people. This is often called a ‘stepped care model’ and means that the patient is generally offered a low-intensity therapy in the first instance. Examples of low-intensity treatment would include computerised cognitive behavioral therapy (cCBT), psycho-educational courses, guided self-help – over the phone or face to face.

If low-intensity treatments are unsuccessful or inappropriate then patients can be ‘stepped up’ to a high-intensity therapy. This often takes the form of one-to-one cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

To make sure that the IAPT service is right for you they will first offer you a brief initial assessment. Most are undertaken over the phone, although alternative arrangements can be made if required. At the end of the assessment, they will discuss what help is available within the service.

Where IAPT is not the most suitable service they can signpost you to alternatives where available.

In a crisis you can contact the mental health crisis team, the links are available on the website here: Mental Health Crisis Teams and IAPT