New Mental Health Service For People In Merton

Aimed at those needing more comprehensive treatment

People in Merton with complex depression and anxiety needs can benefit from a new service to add to the existing psychological therapy services on offer.

The new service began on 1 February 2015 and is being delivered for Merton CCG by South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust from the Birches (Cricket Green) Polyclinic in Mitcham.

It offers evening appointments for people with daytime commitments, including individual and group therapy sessions. In addition, a dedicated Consultant Psychiatrist will ensure people on prescriptions are receiving the right balance of drugs for their own condition.

Dr Andrew Otley, Clinical Director for Mental Health at Merton CCG, said: "We are delighted to announce the establishment of Merton's Complex Depression and Anxiety Service (CDAS), which began on February 1.

"We want to help people overcome the social and practical obstacles of managing long-standing depression and anxiety problems. We recognise that people respond to different types of therapies, which is why we have launched this additional service to provide the best possible treatments. This service will target people who need longer and more comprehensive treatment than what is currently on offer through our IAPT service."

This news follows the recent launch of a service for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and diagnostic autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which took place in January 2015. Merton CCG invested an extra £255,000 in the existing psychological therapy services, providing support for people with conditions like depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

The Complex Depression and Anxiety Service supports people aged 18 and over in Merton, who can be referred by their GP.

February 9, 2015