Supporting your patients with stress, anxiety and depression
The options below are for patients who are experiencing problems with anxiety (including OCD) and/or depression or low mood or are feeling stressed. The great majority of patients will benefit from one of these options.
If your patient has severe or long term problems, including psychosis or bipolar disorder, or complex problems related to abusive or distressing experiences in childhood or to assault or traumatic experiences in adulthood, then please refer them to your local Community Mental Health Team (details below). Patients can access a range of support via the CMHT, including psychological therapy if appropriate.
So for patients who are experiencing problems with anxiety, depression, low mood or stress a first option is to look at information on Moodcafe (www.moodcafe.co.uk) which can help your patients. Moodcafe has a range of resources for you to discuss with patients and has links to many additional sources of advice and support. Moodcafe also gives information about the Fife Book Prescription Scheme (self help books selected by Fife psychology Department and available from all Fife libraries).
As a next option, you have the choice to book your patients directly onto Step on Stress (a CBT course to teach people to manage anxiety and stress) or Back on TRAC (a CBT course to help people overcome depression and low mood). Or you can refer them (via SCI gateway) to the Beating the Blues online CBT programme (for depression and low mood). You can also give them an AT Fife prescription (see below) for them to take away and consider options.
You can also direct patients to book an assessment to consider Change Up which is relevant to a range of problems such as generalised anxiety, panic attacks and OCD (details of how to do this are on the Change Up page). If the outcome of the assessment is that Change Up is not suitable, your patient will be directed to speak to you again about other sources of help.
You can still refer patients to the Psychology service using SCI gateway if you believe that none of the options outlined above are suitable and/or your patient has completed one or more of them previously.