Help At Hand For Mental Health

Time to Talk Day on Thursday 5th February

Local help is available to Wandsworth residents experiencing stress, low mood and emotional difficulties, says NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  To coincide with national Time to Talk Day on Thursday 5th February 2015, NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding Wandsworth residents they can self-refer to the talking therapies mental health service in the borough by calling 020 3513 6264 or emailing


Local GP and Chair of NHS Wandsworth CCG Dr Nicola Jones said, “At some point in our lives, we’ll find some emotions or experiences hard to deal with on our own – so please remember that help is available.  Our Wandsworth talking therapies service can help you develop ways of coping, be more in control and find ways to overcome stress, low moods or emotional difficulties.  Talking therapies offer an opportunity to build skills and techniques to help deal with your difficult emotions and experiences, and improve your quality of life.”

NHS Wandsworth CCG’s talking therapies service is part of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. 

What talking therapy involves
Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a professional than to relatives or friends. During individual talking therapy, a trained therapist listens to you and helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you. The Wandsworth IAPT Service offers several different types of talking therapies. All encourage you to look at your problems in a different way with someone who’ll respect and encourage your opinions and the decisions you make. 
The Service also offers a number of courses, including mindfulness, anger management, and mood management, as well workshops for insomnia and self-confidence building. Meeting and sharing with other people who have similar worries is very powerful, and for many people is better than one to one therapy.

February 2, 2015