Healthwatch Essex want you to talk about your experiences with mental health

A LEADING health organisation is looking for people to take part in research that looks at emotions and mental health.

Healthwatch Essex is looking for people to join its 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.

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 Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

“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.”

To take part, you need to be currently treated for anxiety or depression to share experiences and opinions on how the NHS should better support them to take care of their mental health.

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

To register your interest, email selfcare@healthwatchessex.org.uk

Focus groups will be taking place in Chelmsford on January 6 and Rayleigh on January 20.

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