Healthy Minds is for people over the age of 16 years, who are registered with a GP in the Stockport area.

We offer support and treatment if you're experiencing problems such as low mood, stress, anxiety, panic attacks or difficulty sleeping.

We can work with you if you have post-natal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, or eating difficulties. We can also help you to manage the emotional impact of a long-term physical health problem, or chronic pain.

With the help and support from our team of therapists and counsellors, these feelings and symptoms can be managed, guiding you to a successful recovery.

SilverCloud has a range online programmes that will help to teach you techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy. There are many activities to complete, which help you to make practical changes in your thinking and behaviour, to manage your mood or anxiety.

The programme is private and secure, and is very interactive and flexible. It can also be used on any phone or tablet device, so that you always have access to it.

In most cases, you’ll get instant access to the programme. A therapist will provide up to six weekly online reviews to help you to get the most out of the programme.

Click here to sign up to Silvercloud.

 

What to expect after completing the SilverCloud referral form

You will receive an email from SilverCloud asking you to complete a questionnaire and select a treatment programme to work through. Please keep an eye on your junk email box as often emails end up there. 

This information will be reviewed by us and then we'll contact you. This could be by phone, text or letter.

How does SilverCloud work?

SilverCloud is an online cognitive behavioural therapy programme. It's flexible, effective, easy to use, and puts you in control of your own progress. You can work through at your own pace and complete the tasks at times to suit you. 

You will speak to a psychological wellbeing practitioner on the telephone at the start of your treatment. You will also receive weekly emails from them as they will review the progress you are making. 

After you complete a SilverCloud programme

You will have access to the materials on SilverCloud for 12 months, and we would encourage you to continue to access the programme during this period to help you to continue to practice your new skills.

If you sign up and change your mind

Once you are allocated to a therapist you will have weekly reviews via email. If at any point, you have questions about the programme or you feel it isn’t right for you, please leave us a message to let us know. We will be happy to discuss alternative treatment options with you. 

If we notice that you don’t log on to your account for two weeks once treatment has started, and you haven’t left us any messages, at that point, we will assume you do not wish to continue with SilverCloud and will discharge you back to the care of your GP. 

More information

Watch this SilverCloud video for more information

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to us about your difficulties and find a level of treatment that is right for you, you can self-refer by completing the online form. You can also be referred by your GP or health professional.

We work in partnership with self-help services in order to minimise our waiting times, and sometimes we may offer you the option of having your initial assessment with this service. You may decline this option by stating this in your self-referral.

We're working hard so we can keep supporting you through this difficult time.

Instead of face-to-face appointments or groups, we will be offering support via telephone, video platform, or online via Silvercloud (see the tab above for more info).

You may find it more difficult to get through to us, but please bear with us.

We hope you and your family are staying as safe and well as possible, and we're sorry for any inconvenience.

If you find that your distress is out of control and you need immediate help, please find a list of numbers to keep you safe.

Following the closure of the online professional referral portal, professional referrals to Healthy Minds are still accepted. However please carefully consider whether it’s appropriate for the patient.

The service is for people with mild to moderate common mental health problems (e.g. depression and anxiety), with a strong focus on self-help. This is why self-referral is the preferred route. 

If a professional referral is appropriate, you can email a referral form to us. Pennine Care staff can access a copy of the referral form on the staff intranet. Otherwise please contact us for a copy. Outpatient psychiatry letters are also still accepted.

There's a strong link between debt and mental health problems, with a number of people referring to us in need of debt advice.

You can get free debt advice from the Money Advice Service. Click here for more info.