A NEW mental health service is being launched to help adults in Andover who are worried about their mental health.

Patients registered at Shepherd’s Spring Medical Centre and St Mary’s Surgery can now use the Andover Primary Care Mental Health Service to seek help.

The service, which will be rolled out to all of Andover’s general practices by the end of June, offers telephone or video support to people experiencing anxiety, depression, low mood, stress or other mental health difficulties.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, people are being encouraged to contact the service, which has been created in partnership with Andover MIND and iTalk. The service is also developing close links with local specialist mental health teams, social care, housing and the voluntary sector.

Dr Ruth Dyson, from Shepherds Spring Medical Centre, said, “This is a really exciting project which has come at a time of great need.

“We are aware that the Covid-19 outbreak has increased stress, anxiety and isolation for many patients at a time when general practice resources are limited.

“This service provides support and advice for those who most need it without putting extra pressure on GPs.”

People can arrange a referral to the service by discussing with their GP or other healthcare professional, or by requesting a referral from their GP surgery’s reception team.

A clinician from the service will call them back to discuss their problems in detail and arrange ongoing advice and support.

All patients will remain under the care of their GP throughout their referral into the service.