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Islanders urged to see their GPs about mental health at earliest opportunity

Dr Woodward from Jersey Talking Therapies says its clients can often enter the service after leaving their condition untreated for years. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A health professional is urging islanders to see a GP as soon as they notice a deterioration in their mental health.

Dr Woodward from Jersey Talking Therapies (JTT) says clients can often enter the service after leaving their condition untreated for years.

JTT provides support to islanders at three different levels:

  • Step 2: Mild presentations - those with first instances of anxiety or depression.
  • Step 3: Moderate presentations - those with recurrent or long-term depression anxiety, or single event PTSD.
  • Step 4: Severe presentations - those with complex PTSD or personality-based disorders.

At present, those at Step 2 can receive access to treatment within eight weeks of initial contact, however the waiting time for treatment at Step 3 is approximately 14 months.

The reason we think we have such a wait at Step 3 is that people wait too long to present to their GP.

I would really encourage anybody who has a first episode of anxiety or depression to access their GP early rather than leaving it later.

– Dr Tara Woodward, Jersey Talking Therapies

Jersey Talking Therapies also offers various groups for mindfulness and coping with emotions, as well as running a self-help service at the library.

  • WATCH: As part of Mental Health Awareness week, ITV News has been along to the LINC Community Peer Support group in Jersey that helps islanders with their mental health through different activities and forming new friendships.

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