Over 65s urged to try out talking therapies

27th September 2018

People aged over 65 in Rotherham experiencing anxiety, low mood or other common mental health conditions are being urged to try a free talking therapy service.

Called the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), the service is provided by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH). It offers talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling for depression, which are used to treat feelings of low mood, anxiety, and particularly fears or problems coping with daily life and relationships.

James Bell, RDaSH Team Manager, Rotherham IAPT, said: β€œIn Rotherham one in four people over 65 are affected by depression but this age group is the least likely to seek support. This means that conditions like depression go undiagnosed and untreated. I would urge anyone to get in touch and take advantage of the talking therapies on offer.”

The talking therapies are available free to Rotherham residents aged 18 years and over. Local people can self-refer into the service and access a range of talking therapies and information that includes prevention and self-help literature.

For more information or to self-refer simply telephone Rotherham IAPT on 01709 447755 or visit http://www.talkingsense.org/