Views from residents are wanted

People in south east Northumberland who have experienced common mental health issues are being asked for their views to help shape a new mental health service.

Often known as ‘Talking Therapies’, psychological therapies are a critical part of providing local people with quick access to talking therapies as an alternative to medication.

Dr Eileen Higgins, central locality director for NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “In Northumberland an estimated one in six people suffer from mental health problems and account for one in four GP consultations.

“Depression has been identified as the third most common reason for a GP consultation.

“And mental illness and stress related conditions are now the most common causes of sickness absence in the country.

“We will use the feedback to shape a new service specification.”

NHS Northumberland CCG is keen to hear from anyone who would like to give their views as anxiety and depression can affect everyone.

The CCG is particularly keen to hear from people aged over 65 and people of working age with long-term health conditions such as diabetes.

People can take part in an online survey via www.northumberlandccg.nhs.uk or alternatively can request a paper copy.