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07 September 2015
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) haslaunched a range of mental health self-help guides to give people easy accessto advice about a range mental health problems.
The guides are available to download in print or to listento as an audio file and each comes with a video introduction, making them somuch more than a booklet.
The guides, which cover 23 different mental health subjects includinganxiety, bereavement, eating disorders, sleeping problems and stress, have beenwritten by clinical psychologists with contributions from service users andhealthcare staff.
The guides are available from BCCG’s website http://www.selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/bccg/
Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and a GP said:“We wanted to have high quality information easily available which could helppeople take steps to improve their mental health.
“The guides are meant as an introduction to mental healthself-help techniques, which for some people, may be all that is needed.”
The self-help guides are not a substitute for the support ofa health professional or mental health specialist. Specialist mental healthservices in Bedfordshire are provided by East London NHS Foundation Trust(ELFT).
John Wilkins, Deputy Chief Executive for ELFT, and ManagingDirector for Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service said: “We welcomethe self-help guides which can provide valuable information for people who haveconcerns about a wide number of issues which affect their mental or emotionalwellbeing. They will support people to begin to make small changes themselvesand can complement the support given by a therapist or mental healthprofessional.”
The guides are part of a self-help campaign, called FiveWays to Wellbeing, that BCCG is running with Central Bedfordshire and BedfordBorough councils. For more information, go to BCCG’s website https://www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/page/?id=4284
For more information contact 01525 864406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
BCCG commissioned the guides from Northumberland and TyneCCG who first published the scheme which has won numerous awards.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible forplanning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 peoplewho live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mentalhealth services.
BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and otherclinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS.All 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is dividedinto five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale,Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 55 GPpractices in Bedfordshire are members.