Free mental health support sessions offered to Richmondshire residents

Free mental health support sessions are being made available to Richmondshire residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The service is being run by the Heartbeat Alliance, which is made up of GP surgeries in Richmondshire and Hambleton, and The Retreat, a York-based mental healthcare provider.

The session are for anyone experiencing:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress, panic and fear

A spokesperson for The Retreat said: “We know many people are experiencing increased problems with their well-being in the current circumstances.

“It can be hard to access mental health services or to know what support is available.

“We are offering free mental health support sessions to patients of your GP practice who are 18 years of age or over.

“These sessions will be with a qualified psychotherapist who will listen and explore what might help you, either on the phone or via online video meeting.”

Although the service is not therapy, coordinators say it could help users to understand what they are feeling and what might help, as well as giving
them information and options regarding further support.

The service is not suitable for people who are under the care of a community mental health team, or who feel they are in need of immediate/urgent treatment in order to keep either themselves or someone else safe.

Users of the service will be offered a free 30-minute session with a therapist.

They may then be offered up to four more 30 minute sessions, or six group sessions.

To use the service you don’t need to speak to your GP first.

For more information call 01904 412551 and let the person answering the phone know that you are registered with a Heartbeat Alliance GP.

For more details visit https://www.heartbeatalliance.org.uk/Services/Our-Services [kofi]