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Don’t Wait to Enjoy Life Again - Empowering your mental health recovery
Contact your G.P.
Your GP can provide you with a referral letter that will give you access to a free mental health assessment at your nearest Dean Clinic.Your GP and Dean Clinic team will help you clarify and have greater awareness of exactly what you’re dealing with.
Support & Information
The Support & Information Service is a free telephone and email service staffed by our experienced mental health nurses.
You don’t have to wait to enjoy life again.
Many people struggle for too long with mental health issues that affect their daily lives. Every day you live with a treatable condition affects how you live life no matter what stage it’s at. You can change this. It’s never too late or too early to seek support from people who have the knowledge and skills to empower you to enjoy life again. You are not alone, we are here to support you every step of the way.
We understand and can help
There are many reasons people wait before reaching out for support. Some of the reasons can be;
- You may be experiencing things that you don’t realise are symptoms. For example you may be experiencing sleeplessness, lack of concentration or feeling sad for no apparent reason. These are symptoms which may seem insignificant now, but over a longer period of time, can have an affect on your life.
- You may think that how you feel isn’t bad enough and that you’re exaggerating or making a fuss over nothing. The result is, many people wait until things get more extreme. It’s ok to take action at first signs, simply talking about it out loud to someone can often clarify things you may doubt.
- Being able to afford treatment is often a concern. Our people can help you identify the treatment plan best for you, and your circumstances. So there’s no need to worry.
- Finding the right person to talk to, who understands, can be daunting. Your GP is the first person we recommend you talk to. This is because this is a person you will already have a relationship of trust with, and they will also know your medical history.
Empowering yourself to get the most out of life is a healthy thing. If you take action to address the difficulties you are experiencing, this is a positive step. It’s a personal journey and only people you choose to involve in this journey need be involved.
Your support team
Talking things through with your GP or with one of our helpline team is the first step to your recovery. Your GP can provide you with a referral letter that will give you access to a free mental health assessment at your nearest Dean Clinic.Your GP and Dean Clinic team will help you clarify and have greater awareness of exactly what you’re dealing with.
Your tailored path to recovery
The free mental health assessment is a relaxed conversation lasting about 60-90 minutes with one to two medical professionals whose areas of expertise are a best fit for the symptoms you are going through. Your assessment is made up of emotional, psychological, cognitive and physical evaluations, performed in a structured way around your specific needs. You and your dedicated team will talk through:
- The issues that prompted you to take action
- The background of these issues bringing you up to now
- Any previous mental health difficulties
- Past illnesses, other conditions
- Personal history – relationships, bereavement and other factors
- Social circumstances – employment/unemployment, the nature of your work, living environment, family and friends.
The next step is understanding what you can do to lessen or remove the impact that symptoms are having on your quality of life. Your Dean Clinic team will review the information they’ve gathered from the assessment and identify the treatment plan they feel is best for you. They will personally take you through the treatment plan recommendations. The reason for this is that it gives you a chance to have a two way conversation and ask questions or get guidance on anything that you need more clarity about. It also means the team can fine tune the plan with you to make sure it can be easily accommodated within your life and work reality.
A treatment plan may be as simple as identifying exercises, therapies or changes in habits and diet. It may or may not include medication. Your treatment plan may be designed to give you access the St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services – including our nationwide network of Dean Clinics, St Patricks University Hospital or St Edmundsbury Wellness & Recovery Centre. Alternatively it may recommend community based programmes or local support groups.
We will also send your GP a copy of your assessment ensuring you are supported by people who you can trust and who understand your condition, your concerns and your recovery plan.
Taking the first step is possible
Every one of us is entitled to Good Mental Health. This includes you. If you are struggling, it doesn’t mean you are weak, just that you are human. We all go through different types of struggles, and we all need support at some time or other. Don’t be afraid to talk to us or your GP about any worries or symptoms you may have. We want to help, we know we can.
You don’t have to wait to enjoy life, and with the right support we can all have calmer, happier, and more fulfilled lives.
Our helpline and email service is manned by experienced mental health nurses 9-5 Monday to Friday. We also have an answering and call-back facility outside of hours.
Call 01 249 3333 or email email@example.com