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Mid Essex IAPT Service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

Please note: Our service is not able to provide immediate support in an emergency. If you require immediate urgent help, please contact your GP or call the Crisis Line on 0330 726 0130

Every year, four out of 10 people in the UK experience common psychological problems, such as depression, stress, anxiety, panic and obsessive compulsive disorders.

The Mid Essex Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme offers a new approach to help adults suffering from common psychological problems.

What is the IAPT programme? IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. IAPT was developed nationally to provide psychological therapies proven to help adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

Who can be seen by Mid Essex IAPT? We welcome people aged 18 and above registered with a Mid Essex GP who are experiencing difficulties such as:

  • Depression
  • Generalised anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Health anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Social anxiety

We also work with 17 year olds if we are best placed to support them. If you have a severe mental illness, e.g. schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder, a diagnosed personality disorder or high levels of self-harm or suicidal thoughts with plans to act on them, your care needs would be better met by a secondary care service, such as a community mental health team.  Your GP can refer you to this.  Mid Essex IAPT does not work with people currently under secondary care as they will be supported by this service instead.

How do you get access to the service? You can either ask your GP to refer you or you can refer yourself by using our online fast track form (click here for to access the form). If you have one of our leaflets, you could also send us the fast track form that is inside this. If your GP or another health professional refers you, we will send you a fast track form to obtain more information from you. Once we have received a fast track form from you, this will be screened and you will be allocated to a clinician who can assess you. We aim to see people as quickly as we can for assessment but they may be a short wait before you are contacted regarding this. How to contact the service: Tel: 01376 308704

Address for correspondence: Mid Essex IAPT Tekhnicon House Springwood Drive Braintree Essex CM7 2YN

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