The IAPT service, which stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, is a free NHS service that can provide support for common mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, low mood, or sleep problems.
Calderdale NHS are trying to get more older people to access the service.
Jess Clough, senior psychological wellbeing practitioner for the Calderdale IAPT service, explains:
We have found that older people (65+ years) appear to not access IAPT services as much as other adults. We would love to change this and encourage more older people to get the support they need through our service, particularly now as many older adults will have understandably found the previous few years to be difficult. We have found that older people who do access IAPT benefit more so than working age adults.
Calderdale IAPT Service are able to offer support by providing coping mechanisms via one-to-one sessions, group sessions, and also have online options. They can offer this support over the phone, via video, or in person. If you think you’d benefit from some support to improve your wellbeing, please let them know.
You will first of all complete an initial assessment to make sure the IAPT team fully understand your main problem. During this assessment, they would also discuss the different treatment options they think would be beneficial. The assessment lasts up to 45 minutes and they can do this over the phone or in person.
To book an initial assessment, please call 01484 343 700 to chat to our friendly admin team, or you can refer online at https://calderdaleiapt.nhs.uk/