Doctors urge patients not to suffer in silence when it comes to their mental health

  • 11 May 2021

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During Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), doctors at a Weston-super-Mare practice are urging people not to ‘suffer in silence’ and to seek help with mental health issues by speaking to their GP.

Horizon Health Centre on Lonsdale Avenue appointed two new mental health practitioners during the pandemic to help increase the support they offer to the local population.

A Community Psychiatric Nurse and Mental Health worker are seeing around 30 patients a day at Horizon Health Centre and are providing a more holistic approach to mental health.

Dr Martin Jones, GP at Horizon Health Centre and Clinical Lead for Pier Health Group, said:

Our two mental health practitioners started just over six months ago and are already making a huge difference to the patients they treat. They have a clear understanding of our patients needs and offer both proactive and reactive support to ensure their patients receive the appropriate care.

Not only do they see and treat patients, but they build a mutual trust and understanding to ensure they have the help they need, working with a range of other agencies. They are also able to manage medication and support people in times of crisis.

Because of the success at Horizon, two additional mental health staff will be starting at Graham Road Surgery in the coming weeks. This is amazing work but we want to continue to remind people struggling with mental health challenges that there is support available.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and it’s more important than ever that people look after their health and well-being. This last year has brought lots of changes and challenges to our lives and has understandably caused many people a great deal of anxiety, which can be especially difficult for those who already struggle with mental health.

Kerri Bradley, Community Psychiatric Nurse at Horizon Health Centre, added:

We have been seeing patients at Horizon for the last six months and during this time we have supported hundreds of people with their mental health. We really urge both our male and female patients and young people to reach out to us if you have any concerns about your mental health. We are able to offer you emotional support, advice and signpost you to services for further ongoing help.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we want to reassure people that mental health services are still running and we would encourage people to access these if they need them. Please don’t suffer in silence - reach out for support if you are struggling to cope.

Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and runs from 10-16 May. It aims to raise awareness of mental health.

This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’ – this is because millions of us turned to nature to help us get through the pandemic. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways.

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

If you are concerned about your mental health, please speak to your GP. Alternatively, you can self-refer via the Vita Health website: Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - Vita (vitahealthgroup.co.uk)

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