NHS Berkshire has announced the new adaptation of its talking therapies, allowing residents who are struggling with mental health to have support throughout the coronavirus lockdown.

The Talking Therapies service, managed by the NHS, has been adapted to help meet demands of the lockdown, and has been this mental health awareness week (May 18- 23).

The service now allows residents to speak to therapists via telephone, email or video consultation in order to help those suffering with low mood, stress, anxiety, bereavement, domestic abuse or post-natal depression in a safe manner.

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Dr Alison Salvadori, consultant clinical psychologist and acting head of service, said: “I am proud to say that the Talking Therapies service has adapted, almost overnight, to offering all our treatments either online or over the telephone.

"This has been important so that we can continue to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people, whilst keeping our staff and clients safe."

The Talking Therapies also provide services for veterans, providing treatment for a range of military related difficulties such as PTSD, depression, anger and other complex and challenging needs.

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Suzanne, who has used the new service, says: "The online course has been well produced. I have found the work book and videos to be clear, informative and easy to follow.

"Every week I find a little nugget that is really helpful.

"The weekly email, phone call and check-up form have allowed me to feel connected and supported at all times."

If you are struggling with mental health, call Talking Therapies on 0300 365 2000 or visit talkingtherapies.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/.