Cumbria

NHS Personality Disorder Hub Service

The Personality Disorder Hub is a trust-wide service providing assessment, treatment and care co-ordination for individuals over the age of 18 who have a personality disorder and present with significant risk of self-harm or suicide. They also provide scaffolding to staff in other teams who are working with people with personality difficulties.

How to get Referred: Via care co-ordinators in Community Treatment Teams

NHS Community Mental Health Service (CMHT)

The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) assesses, treats and manages care needs and provides support for people experiencing serious mental health problems. The team help you to live as independently as possible in your community.

They are integrated teams of different health and social care professionals – Community Mental Health Nurses; Health Occupational Therapists; Psychiatrists; Psychologists and Social Workers. The teams bring together many different types of knowledge, skills and expertise. They look at you as a whole person so you get the care, treatment and support you need.

CMHT services may include:

Community Mental Health Nursing – supporting you to manage your health and providing treatment in the community
Occupational Therapy – working with you to overcome difficulties with day to day tasks that you need or want to do
Psychiatry – diagnosing mental health problems, prescribing medication and recommending treatment
Psychology – helping you understand how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviour
Social Work services – providing help at home or with your social needs, including help with housing problems, financial support or general advice and support

Your GP needs to refer you to this service. Contact your GP if you are experiencing a mental health problem. They will refer you to the local CMHT if appropriate.

First Step Cumbria

First Step provides evidence-based talking therapies experiencing mild to moderate common mental health problems such depression and anxiety disorders.

First Step is part of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and provides free, talking therapies to adults (18+) in North Cumbria (for individuals living in South Cumbria please visit https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/first-step).

First Step can help with a range of common mental health problems including mild to moderate depression, anxiety disorders (such as chronic worry, panic attacks, health anxiety and obsessions), mild bulimia, anger or sleep problems).

First Step warmly welcomes students, adults over 18 of all genders, sexual orientations and ethnicities, as well as people with a learning disability or difference, and/or autism.

Their practitioners will listen to your experience and work with you to understand how you have been feeling. Together you will decide what sort of help might work best for you.

Talking treatments (the commons ones being cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling) are designed to help you to understand and change your ways of thinking, feeling and acting which can then help you to do the things you want to do and live a more satisfying life.

They work primarily within working hours, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, however they do have some slightly earlier or later sessions available. Please discuss this at your telephone assessment if this will be beneficial to you. They see people at a variety of venues, GP surgeries or central community venues.

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