Princes’ mental health comments will help others – CPFT clinician

Dr James Clarke from Trust's Psychological Wellbeing Service says more people will be encouraged to get help

Princes’ mental health comments will help others – CPFT clinician
18 April 2017

Princes’ mental health comments will help others – CPFT clinician
Dr James Clarke from Trust's Psychological Wellbeing Service says more people will be encouraged to get help


A senior clinician at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has praised Princes William and Harry for encouraging people to seek help for their mental health.

Dr James Clarke, service lead for the Trust’s Psychological Wellbeing Service (right), said their comments would help others to realise they are not alone, and reduce the stigma around mental health issues.

Prince Harry revealed yesterday (Monday, 17 April) that he had sought counselling after spending nearly 20 years "not thinking" about the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Today, Prince William has said the British "stiff upper lip" should not be allowed to endanger people's health, and that he wants his children to be able to express their feelings.

Dr Clarke said: “As a Trust which provides mental health services it is always a massive positive when high profile figures such as Prince William and Prince Harry open up about issues involving mental health. Their comments will provide great comfort for those who find themselves in a similar position and I am sure will encourage people to come forward and get the help they need.

“We know that mental ill-health will affect one in four people and their comments will help continue to reduce the stigma which still exists.

“I hope this will encourage anyone affected by depression, anxiety and stress, who is registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, to refer themselves directly to our Psychological Wellbeing Service.”

The Psychological Wellbeing Service was relaunched in September 2015 meaning people no longer needed to be referred via their GP. In the last 18 months, the service has received more than 1,000 referrals per month.

Treatments available include individual therapy, guided self-help, group sessions including training in Mindfulness, a range of psychotherapy courses and online options. People can refer themselves via www.cpft.nhs.uk or call 0300 300 0055.

As well as mental health services, CPFT provides community health, learning disability and social care services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

ENDS

For more information please contact:

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

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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