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Pop-Up Surgery for Birmingham Healthy Minds

Published: 31/10/2014


Birmingham Healthy Minds will be holding a pop-up surgery next week to help people who are experiencing low mood, anxiety or other common mental health problems.

Anyone aged 16 or over and registered with a Birmingham GP can pop into the African and Caribbean Millennium Centre between 10am and 1pm on Friday, 7 November for free information, advice, support, and a consultation.

The centre is at 339 Dudley Road, Winson Green, B18 4EZ and there is no need to make an appointment.
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Ann Iyer, psychological therapist and manager from Birmingham Healthy Minds said: “Birmingham Healthy Minds is a talking therapies service that can be particularly helpful when people are dealing with difficult things in their lives such as relationship issues, family problems, stress related to employment or when they are worried about exams.

“These difficulties are very common, can be experienced by anyone and can lead to depression, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem.

“Birmingham Healthy Minds offers cognitive behavioural therapy in group sessions for 10-12 people, one-to-one therapy, and self-help programmes to assist people to understand their feelings and symptoms so that they can manage them and make changes if they wish,” she explained.

“People do sometimes find it difficult to make an appointment with Birmingham Healthy Minds or to ask their GP to refer them so the pop-up surgery gives them an opportunity to just walk in and have a consultation with one of our trained staff. They will be advised whether Birmingham Healthy Minds is the best service to help them with their current difficulties and if there is a more appropriate service we may be able to advise them how to access it.”
 
The concept of holding a pop-up surgery is to improve the Birmingham community’s access to information, advice, support and treatment for everyday mental health problems. However, if unable to attend people aged 16 and over and registered with a GP in Birmingham can refer themselves to the service.

Birmingham Health Minds covers the whole of the city with sessions held regularly in venues including GP practices, health centres and children’s centres.

For more information or to access the service, phone 0121 301 2525, Monday to Friday between 9.30am - 4.30pm, visit www.birminghamhealthyminds.org or text BHM to 60777.