Supported Self Help Derby City

As you might have already heard, Supported Self Help is Derbyshire Mind’s early intervention service that enables professionals like yourselves to refer clients directly to our dedicated mental health practitioners, Jamie and Beth, as soon as they present with mental wellbeing problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or stress. Individuals can also self-refer if they feel they would benefit from the service.

What Exactly is Supported Self Help:
This empowering service focuses on improving clients’ awareness and understanding of their mental health problems, as well as helping them to improve their mental health and wellbeing by equipping them with practical tools, approaches and resources designed to address unhelpful thought patterns and improve their self-care.
After an initial assessment session, clients will select to follow one of seven core pathways that meets their current mental health needs. This could be: anxiety and panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, stress, feeling alone, grief and loss, or managing anger.
The client will then go on to meet weekly with their practitioner to find out how they are getting on and receive ongoing support. Individuals meet with their practitioner in welcoming surroundings close to home, such as Normanton Library, Staywell on St Mary’s Gate, and our HQ in Mackworth. Alternatively, clients can choose to have telephone or video call appointments with their practitioner if that is better for them.

Who Is It For:
Supported Self Help is designed for anyone living in Derby and the surrounding areas, who is starting to struggle with mild-moderate mental health symptoms, such as low mood, worry, anger, low self-esteem and so on.  It is for individuals who are not already under the care of any other mental health services such as CMHT or talking therapy. Supported Self Help is not suitable for people in crisis or experiencing active addiction, is it is not a counselling service, and it is only for those aged 18 and over. (If you are familiar with IAPT's stepped care model, Supported Self Help would essentially sit at around step 1 to 2.)

We utilise clinical measurement tools (GAD-7, PHQ-9 and SWEMWEBS) at the start, middle and end of the client’s journey.
When this service was delivered previously from GP surgeries, under the old name of ‘Active Monitoring’, we found that over 85% of patients experienced significant improvements to their mental health as measured by their wellbeing scores. The qualitative feedback from surgery teams and GPs, as well as patients, was also always overwhelmingly positive. As we begin delivering the service as a community-based service under the new name of ‘Supported Self Help’ we are fully expecting equally fantastic clinical outcomes.

Want to Make a Referral:
To make a referral into the Guided Self-Help service please head over to our dedicated webpage:
Here you will see an option for clients to make a self-referral and an option for Professionals to make a referral on a client’s behalf. Just follow the link, complete the form, and we will contact the client within 3 working days to discuss the service and invite them to an assessment session.

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