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mentalhealth2June 13 2016

New resources to help people reluctant to speak to their GP about mental health have been launched by the mental health charity, Mind.

The ‘Find the words’ guide and online video are part of a new campaign designed to offer advice on how to take the first step in raising the subject of mental health with their doctor or practice nurse and to have a conversation about it.

It starts with possible reasons why a patient may want to discuss mental health, and then gives advice on what to say to the GP, questions to think about in advance of the appointment and how to prepare for the appointment.

Mind points out that around one-third of all GP appointments are related to mental health. Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at Mind, said that GPs are usually the first port of call for physical and mental health complaints, “so they’re used to dealing with these types of issues.” He added: “Many of us worry about speaking to our GP if we’re struggling with any health problem. When it comes to talking about our mental health, it can be harder still. But bottling things up can make things worse. It’s better to ask for help earlier on.

“Nevertheless, it can be overwhelming having a conversation about what you are thinking or feeling with your GP or practice nurse, someone you may hardly know. That’s why we’ve put together a new guide with some tips on how to prepare for your appointment and make the most of the short time you get with them.”

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Mind announcement

Mind ‘Find the words’ initiative

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