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New study aimed at improving mental health care in Essex

Essex logoHealthwatch Essex is looking for people to take part in focus groups as part of the latest research study being conducted into how people who sometimes experience sadness, stress or anxiety take care of their mental health.

The study comes at a time when plans to transform health and care services are at the forefront of the agenda. Over recent weeks STPs (Sustainability and Transformation Plans) have been published to outline the broad aims of the changes needed to services to meet the demands of the coming years.

Tom Nutt, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Essex, said, “There has been, understandably, a lot of attention placed on possible changes to services such as A&E as part of the developing STP planning.

“However, self-care is very much part and parcel of the necessary changes to how health and care services are delivered if we are going to be successful in not only changing how services are delivered, but how people think about accessing them.”

Healthwatch Essex is looking for people being treated for anxiety and/or depression to share their experiences and opinions on how the NHS should better support them to take care of their mental health.

As an independent organisation that helps support improvements in health and social care for the people of Essex, Healthwatch Essex is looking for people to take part in a focus group.

The study will aim to improve mental health care in Essex and will involve Healthwatch Essex working closely with GP practices and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services to find out how people can better take care of their mental health.

To register your interest in attending a focus group please click here or call 01376 572829. Focus groups will be taking place in Chelmsford on 6th January, Harlow on 13th January and Rayleigh on 20th January.

Participants who attend a focus group will receive a £20 voucher (+travel).