Building on the success of the Grimsby branch, North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus is set to open its second Open Minds centre on August 9.
The centre, at 13-15 Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, is being opened in order to provide better access for people living in and around Cleethorpes. The building was previously used by The Red Cross.
Open Minds opened its main building in Osborne Street, Grimsby, in February 2008. It provides a support service for people aged over 16 who are experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress. The service encourages self-referral, quick access, a choice of interventions and promotes positive mental health and well-being.
Services offered at Osborne Street include Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), compliant/ evidence based interventions (based on cognitive behavioural therapy), large educational classes (eg stress control), exercise and dance workshops, relaxation, guided walks and meditation.
Since opening in 2008 the service has received 5,893 referrals and the staff team has increased from five to 23. From September 2009 the service has also received funding from IAPT, which is a government initiative to provide quick access to psychological (talking) therapies for the population as well as helping people to stay in employment. An employment specialist was also recruited to provide practical support for people experiencing depression or anxiety that is affecting their ability to work.
Alastair Penman, head of adult community mental health services at the Care Trust Plus, said: “Open Minds in North East Lincolnshire has received both regional and national acclaim for the ease of access and the therapeutic ambience of the service.
“Due to continued expansion, we are delighted to offer services within the Cleethorpes area to complement the services already offered in Grimsby and Immingham. The extension of this service is a welcome step to improve the access to talking therapies for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.”
The new Cleethorpes centre will provide more one-to-one appointments for psychological therapies and will offer people the choice of where they would like to be seen for their appointments.
It will also provide information about all the other services provided by Open Minds. Self-help materials, information and books will also be available in the reception area.
The Open Minds service can be contacted on (01472) 625100.