Open Mind is a service that provides psychological assessment and treatment for what are known as mild to moderate common mental health problems, which 1 in 4 of us will suffer with at some stage in our lives.
It is normal to experience changes in your mood and behaviour at times of stress and emotional upset. Your physical health may also affect your mood and stress levels. If these changes continue to affect you, then the Open Mind service could help.
We provide specialised skilled and accredited practitioners who are able to provide psychological therapies (talking therapies) for people experiencing common difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and stress.
Therapies are based on guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). They include courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling for Depression, Mindfulness Based CBT (MBCT) groups, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Guided Self-Help Education and Group therapies.
How to Refer
You may be eligible for help if you are aged 18 or over and registered with a GP practice in Leicester City. You can contact your GP who may arrange a referral to Open Mind, alternatively you can self-refer by one of the options below:
Please note that if you are suffering with ongoing suicidal feelings and attempts, self-harm or a major mental health conditions, a psychiatric referral must be sought instead via your GP. Also, where there is substance/alcohol abuse or problems with violence, other support services should be accessed. Anyone currently receiving psychiatric care must continue with their care programme and is unable to access this programme.
Complete an online self-referral form www.iaptportal.co.uk/leicself.html
Call us on 0116 2927010
Email LeicesterOpenMind@nottshc.nhs.uk to contact someone who can take your details and arrange an appointment for you. We offer clinics in many places across the City, please state where you would prefer to be seen.
What will happen once I have been referred?
Once we receive your referral we will contact you with information about your first appointment.
The first appointment is generally completed on the phone, and your Open Mind therapist will work with you to understand what the problem is and to agree the next steps. Together, you and your therapist will plan a programme of support and self-help activities that match your individual need.