Information about mental health and available services.
What's mental health?
Your mental health affects the way you think, feel and behave. The most common mental health problems are:
- panic attacks
- severe stress
- anxiety disorders
If you're worried about your mental health you should contact your doctor. Your doctor may give you medication or direct you to the appropriate treatment or service.
More severe mental health problems may need specialist care and would require a referral to another service that can give the right support and expertise. For example, the Community Mental Health team or Community Addictions team.
Bridges Primary Care Mental Health team (Bridges PCMHT)
Bridges PCMHT is a short-term psychological service. We work with people who have mild to moderate mental health difficulties. We're a free service and support adults who are age 18 and over to help develop their coping skills and improve their mood.
Bridges can help you with common mental health difficulties, such as depression, panic attacks, stress and anxiety disorders. As a short-term psychological service, we generally offer 6 to 8 sessions.
You'll have access to tried and tested ways of working with psychological difficulties. This may involve learning strategies to manage distressing emotions, or developing new ways of approaching challenges in your life.
Services we provide
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a psychological approach that links how we feel with the way we think and the way we behave. Therapy may focus on identifying what has maintained your difficulties and how we can interrupt these 'vicious cycles'. The range of therapies include:
- Group therapy courses
- Guided self help
We also offer one to one counselling. Counselling is a psychotherapeutic approach helpful to a wide range of people with many different issues.
Sessions are led by you, with support from a counsellor to identify worries, behaviours, feelings that are causing you difficulty. This can then help you become more self aware and increase confidence moving forward. Life transitions, low mood, anxiety, relationship issues and loss are some types of issue that you may need to speak about in a safe, dedicated space with your counsellor.
How do I access the service?
You can be referred to our service by your GP or other health care professional or you can self refer.