CPFT clinician praises high-profile figures for helping to reduce mental health stigma

Likes of Prince Harry and Andrew Flintoff will inspire others - Dr Manaan Kar Ray

CPFT clinician praises high-profile figures for helping to reduce mental health stigma
10 May 2017

CPFT clinician praises high-profile figures for helping to reduce mental health stigma

A senior clinician at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has praised the likes of Prince Harry and Andrew Flintoff for opening up about their mental health issues.

Dr Manaan Kar Ray, clinical director for adult and specialist services at the mental health and community care provider, said high-profile figures speaking out was helping to reduce stigma and promoting others to seek treatment.

Speaking during Mental Health Awareness Week, Dr Kar Ray said: “It is always welcome when high-profile figures raise awareness of mental health.

“The likes of Prince Harry or Andrew Flintoff are role models and they can reach out to so many people.

“They make people realise that their mental health issues are not unique, that they are not alone, and that there is hope and help out there.

“I hope they keep telling their stories and keep encouraging others to seek the support they need.

“Not everyone will need the help of professionals because sometimes just opening up to a friend can be enough, but I would encourage anyone who is experiencing mental ill health to look at the wide variety of treatments we provide at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation or to speak to their GP.”

Among the services offered by the Trust, there is the First Response Service. Anyone living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who is experiencing a mental health crisis can phone the NHS 111 emergency helpline and select option 2 and speak to a trained mental health professional.

The Trust also operates the Psychological Wellbeing Service for anyone experiencing depression, anxiety or stress. Anyone who is registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can refer themselves directly to the service by using the form on the CPFT website – www.cpft.nhs.uk – or by calling 0300 300 0055.

Treatments available include personal therapy, guided self-help, and group sessions including training in Mindfulness. There is also an online programme Silvercloud.

CPFT is also placing mental health staff in GP surgeries across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help give people easier access to mental health treatment.

ENDS

Andy Burrows
Media and Marketing Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795

 

 

 

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