Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service provides support and psychological therapies for common mental health problems, such as:
- Stress and anxiety.
- Low moods and depression.
- Panic disorder.
- Specific phobias.
- Social Phobia.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Health Anxiety.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
- Bulimia (mild).
- Binge eating disorder.
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).
- Body dysmorphic disorder.
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service replaced the service known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) on 1 November 2019 and is a partnership between Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds GP Confederation, Northpoint Wellbeing, Community Links, Touchstone, Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service, Homestart Leeds, Ieso Digital Health, SilverCloud Health and SignHealth.
How can people access this service?
If you are over 17 years of age, registered with a Leeds GP and experiencing one or more of the mental health difficulties mentioned above, you can self-refer on the service website.
Professionals can refer to the service using this form:
What kinds of a support does the service offer?
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service can offer workshops, group classes, a range of online support options and face-to-face sessions. The service follows the ‘stepped care model’, which offers the lowest level intervention or treatment first.
What is the Stress Control class?
‘Stress Control’ class is a six session course offered by Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service. The course covers different topics including feeling anxious, stress, sleeping problems, depression and panic. Classes are designed to help someone start to improve their wellbeing straight away. People on the course will learn:
- About anxiety and stress and why they are such common problems.
- New self-help tools, skills and techniques which can help tackle anxiety and stress.
- Ways of coping and tips to improve emotional health.
Participants will not have to talk in front of other people in the class, be asked to take part in group work or discuss personal problems. If someone is worried about feeling panicky they can bring someone with them and sit at the back of the room near the door. They can pop out for a breath of air at any point during a session. The course is delivered at a number of locations across the city by qualified practitioners. Classes are available during the day or evening and run for two hours. People will need to attend all six sessions. Find out about class availability on the online bookings page.
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service LGBTQIA+ drop-in sessions for support to access therapy are held at at Wharf Chambers on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 3pm to 5pm. It’s a safe space to chat about mental health and find information about what Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service offer. They can help people complete referrals or offer referrals for an additional 1 to 3 sessions with a peer supporter who has lived experience of a mental health issue.