LMWS is a city-wide service that provides support and psychological therapies for common mental health problems, such as anxiety, stress and depression for people aged 17 and over.
Courses include stress and anxiety, mindfulnessness, panic attacks, understanding self-esteem and managing stress in parenthood. The online bereavement sessions could enable you to better understand your feelings and provide techniques to cope as you adjust to life following a bereavement. This service is for people who were bereaved more than six months ago.
The service follows the ‘stepped care model’, which offers the lowest level intervention or treatment first. This means that you may feel much better quite quickly with a simple and short treatment. However, if your symptoms don’t improve, you can then be ‘stepped up’ to a further treatment which may be of benefit.
The service offers therapies for some eating disorders including mild Bulimia and Binge eating disorder.
If you’re over 17 years of age and registered with a Leeds GP, you can self-refer on the service website. A number of questions will pop-up – these are to make sure you are being directed to the right service. You don’t need to see your GP to access this service although your GP will be updated about your treatment.
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service replaced the service known as IAPT in November 2019.
LMWS 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.
Support for new mums and parents-to-be
You can self-refer through the service website. Priority is given to women who are pregnant or in the first year after the birth of their baby. This means you don’t have to join the general waiting list, however, as this is not a crisis service there is usually a short wait. This service is open to anyone over 17 years old registered with a Leeds area GP, so it’s also available for partners or other family members.
Support includes Omnitherapy online video courses you can access immediately, with topics including postnatal depression and managing stress in parenthood. There are also live online group classes, telephone and online video support and face-to-face support for people who are not able to access treatment online.