Turning Point for mental health

Turning Point has been celebrating the success of its new Talking Therapies service that helps people with common mental health problems.

The charity launched the service to allow people dealing with the likes of depression and anxiety to access talking therapies services away from a traditional GP or medical setting.

Last month, Turning Point held an open day to mark the success of the new service in Wakefield and Castleford.

CEO Lord Victor Adebowale, MP Yvette Cooper and Coun David Jones attended, along with various local stakeholders.

Jason Carr, senior operations manager, said: “Our Talking Shops based on the high streets in Wakefield and Castleford mean that we have a clear public presence, encouraging people to come to us and talk about their mental health. In the last year we have provided support to nearly 7,000 people, and 99 per cent of people who are referred to us enter treatment within six weeks, reflecting our aim to provide support to people as soon as possible.”

The Talking Therapies service offers people rapid access to treatment through online self-referrals, Talking Shops on Wakefield and Castleford high streets, which are open seven days a week, and through the My Turning Point online tool.

Jo Webster, chief officer at Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As a commissioner, we need to ensure that we provide innovative and flexible mental health services that meet the needs of Wakefield residents.

“The Turning Point Talking Shops are open seven days a week, ensuring that those who lead busy lifestyles can access the services they need when convenient to them.”

Ms Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, added: “Many people suffering from depression or anxiety or different mental health problems really need somewhere to turn. Support and counselling services are vital for individuals, for families, but also for our whole community. I’ve seen the good work Turning Point has done in the community over many years so it was great to drop in for their open day too.”

Anyone aged 18 years or older who is registered with a GP surgery in the Wakefield district can access the Talking Therapies service at talking.turning-point.co.uk/wakefield/contact-us