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Vita Minds

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VitaMinds – your local NHS mental health support service

Vita Health Group works in partnership with the NHS to provide mental health services to support local residents in various districts throughout the UK.

Known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), VitaMinds is a talking therapy service designed to support individuals by providing the tools needed to get things back on track. It’s a free service available to Brentwood, Billericay & Basildon resident’s and their families.

Vita Health Group Head Office
7 Angel Hill
Bury Saint Edmunds
IP33 1UZ

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  1. GP referred to wrong service

    I asked for a face to face appointment with a consultant psychiatrist to discuss complex trauma/multiple bereavements and chronic stress with false accusations of having mental health issues by GP (never spoke or saw me and lied in electronic referrals twice 13/9/22 &18/10/22 to psychiatrist who confirmed no mental health issues 21/11/22 & 27/4/23 which was ignored by school, college, Essex social services, GP but understood in hospitals by consultants/public!). I was referred to the wrong service by GP 13/9/22 whole said anyone else in this situation would have had a breakdown then referred to wrong service! Vitaminds confirmed I did not have anxiety/depression which I already knew as previously worked in mental health and all specialities for decades. As a mentor/life skills philanthropist I am used to helping vulnerable people and signposting them to support services including A&E in crisis as no ambulance available/NHS 111/GP refusing to communicate. I would recommend this service to others in need as it is phone only and self referral is available. Questionnaires sent in advance help the assessor to help you and if necessary refer back to GP. I think mental health issues are increasing as a legacy of covid/economic issues and are being ignored by CAMHS/government expecting the public to provide support. Appointments are too short in other health services and queues are excessive especially for PTSD/traumatic bereavement, resulting in increasing A&E visits which are costly to NHS. Suicide/self harm/social media addiction should be prevented by improving the law especially for children. Police refuse to help unless danger to life/crime in progress. Accessibility and privacy are very important. Employers/schools are often dismissive. Empowering patients is important so that early intervention can happen avoiding the mon-fri am stress of trying to access primary care services. Education is particularly important for young and older people and the connection to smoking/vaping/alcohol/poverty, poor education/unemployed/homeless/unpaid carers and the need for a whole person approach with integrated services single point of access.