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Time to Talk Day: Local GP discusses mental health concerns

Campaign “Time to Change” is encouraging people to open up about their mental health problems. 

They’re advising sufferers to have a conversation about their concerns, either with a local GP or with friends, on this years Time to Talk Day. 

Many people feel the topic is taboo and worry about the stigma attached to people trying to cope with mental health concerns.

To make it easier, the social movement suggests they speak with those closest to them over tea and biscuits. 

“We’re living in an era where there’s an increase in stress in our lives,” said Doctor Raj Kumar, Clinical Lead for Mental Health for Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs. 

Just some of the factors causing stress include relationship difficulties, financial issues, and work worries. 

“These can lead to a number of symptoms, such as stress, sleep problems or low mood,” Dr Kumar added. 

One in four adults are impacted by some form of mental health problem, according to the movement. 

But it’s not just them, one in ten children are also showing signs of mental health struggles. 

“These issues are increasingly coming to our attention as adults and children become better at expressing themselves,” he explained. 

People who need help are normally referred to a specialist who can provide advice and information on the subject.

“For most people, it’s something they can manage with the help of an expert,” Dr Kumar said.

“A large amount of those who experience these issues can overcome them through talking therapy service.” 

My Talking Therapies works across Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham to provide personal support and practical techniques to overcome some of the symptoms mentioned.   

They also offer workshops, group sessions, and guided self-help workbooks. 

If you need help, you can visit My Talking Therapies at www.mytalkingtherapies.org.uk




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