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Under Stress? Free Help Available


4:38pm 14th August 2013

Health officials say more of us in Dorset are suffering from stress and anxiety, with worries about our jobs and financial security.

We're being reminded of free talking therapies that are available on the NHS.

They're available to anyone over 18 registered with a Dorset GP surgery.

Colin Hicks from Dorset HealthCare said: "We offer a range of interventions which have been shown to be effective in helping people to deal with their difficulties.  These include telephone support, face to face interventions, group work and online self-help programmes.  The support is based on cognitive behavioural therapy and other forms of counselling which help you to understand your difficulties and develop the skills you need to overcome them and improve your quality of life."

Some of the difficulties people might access the service for include:

"         Depression and low mood
"         Problems with anxiety and worry
"         Obsessive compulsive disorder
"         Post traumatic stress disorder
"         Phobia and fears
"         Panic attacks
"         Stress
"         Trauma/abuse
"         Complicated bereavement
"         Low self esteem/self confidence issues
"         Relationship issues

Dorset HealthCare's Steps 2 Wellbeing Service accepts self-referrals, so anyone can contact the service directly.  To contact the service visit www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk and click on 'Self Referral' or call or email one of the five locations across Dorset.

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