06-10-2014: New depression and anxiety service launches in Hull

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A new service to help people experiencing anxiety and depression was launched in Hull on 1 October 2014.

The Hull Depression and Anxiety Service, the first of its kind in the country, is led by City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP CIC) and provides a range of local specialist help and treatment offered by organisations including Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Cruse Bereavement Care, Mind, Relate, Focus, Joan Pickard, Psychology Online and CHCP CIC.

Yvonne Elliott, CHCP CIC’s operational services director of primary care and psychological wellbeing services, explained that the depression and anxiety service, ‘Let’s Talk’, will make it easier for people to get help quickly for mental health problems such as mild to moderate stress, anxiety and depression and bereavement.

“The new service is all about access and choice. People will be able to self-refer themselves to our new service in a number of ways. They can ring, text or go online to make an appointment. Patients will be triaged over the phone and assessed face-to-face within seven days. They will quickly receive a service that best meets their needs.

To make an appointment, phone 01482 247111, go to www.letstalkhull.org.uk or text TALK to 61825.

If someone has more complex or urgent mental health problems then they can directly contact Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s Secondary Mental Health service on 01482 336161. Alison Flack, Service Director at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said, “All the staff within Humber NHS Foundation Trust are very much looking forward to working with CHCP CIC and other partners to continue to provide an excellent, compassionate and effective service supporting adults in Hull who are experiencing depression and anxiety.”

Dr Dan Roper, Chair of NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said, “With the launch of ‘Let’s Talk’ people in Hull will be able to access a range of emotional wellbeing support, delivered in a variety of settings by people who understand their needs.

“It was important that views from service users and clinicians played a major part in shaping the new service. Local GPs have given valuable input, along with the CCG’s Ambassadors who link in with patients and the public.”

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