NHS campaign in bid to get Havering talking about mental health

PUBLISHED: 09:55 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:56 23 May 2016

Lauren Barrett  has spoken about how Talking Therapies helped her

Lauren Barrett has spoken about how Talking Therapies helped her


A new campaign is hoping to increase the use of free, confidential Talking Therapies and improve mental health care.

Launched to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, it will highlight the expert support available to people, without them having to book an appointment with their GP.

Lauren Barrett, 23, from Hornchurch, contacted Talking Therapies after the stress of university work and finding a job became too much.

She said: “I’ve always been an anxious and worried person in life. I thought it was just who I was, but my friends noticed I was getting more stressed than other people about things and wanted to help.

“Some of them had used therapy and thought it would help me.

“I was very worried at first about whether Talking Therapies was for me, but once I’d read about it I recognised a lot of symptoms in myself and everything made sense. So I decided to give them a call.

“My Talking Therapies specialist was really good, she always explained things and helped me work out where my anxiety stemmed from. Once I’d worked this out I felt a lot better straight away.

“My sessions have given me confidence and made me more comfortable with lots of things. It has given me strategies to use when I start to feel worried. Now if I feel anxious I can question what it is that makes me feel that way and work out how to resolve it.

“I used to put things off which I was worried about and that made me feel worse. Talking Therapies has helped me learn not to do this. It was tough and scary to begin with but I feel much better now.”

Lauren said she would recommend Talking Therapies to others. She added: “I used to be embarrassed about how I felt but now I talk about it all the time. Being open about my anxiety has really helped me.”

The sessions are tailored to each person. After contacting the service people have a conversation with a specialist and together work out the best treatment options.

Go to or call 0300 300 1554.

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