Discover more about how our approach to Mental Health in Primary Care is changing:
At the TBMG (Thornaby and Ingleby Barwick) practices in Stockton-on-Tees we now offer appointments with Stephanie Jamison, a Mental Health Practitioner.
Stephanie is on hand to provide emotional and practical support whilst improving access to relevant mental health services, allowing for longer appointments than traditional GP appointments and allowing some patients to be seen sooner than they otherwise might have been.
Stephanie will be working alongside our GPs, nurses, and other clinical services to provide a first point of contact service for patients to book in with to give advice, guidance, and treatment for patients with mental health symptoms such as:
- Low Mood
- Hearing Voices/Symptoms of Psychosis
What can I expect?
Stephanie will complete an assessment as part of the initial consultation. The purpose of this assessment is to gain an accurate insight of your needs to provide appropriate guidance and treatment. During an assessment, the following points may be discussed (where appropriate):
- Mental health symptoms
- Physical health and wellbeing
- Housing and financial matters
- Gender and sexuality
- Cultural and ethnic backgrounds
- Drug and alcohol intake
- Thoughts and feelings
- Past experiences, especially of similar problems
- Employment and training requirements
- Issues relevant to your or others’ safety
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, mental health appointments are typically carried out across up to 6 telephone appointments lasting up to 20 minutes each, where you only need to talk about what you're comfortable discussing. Openness and honesty are encouraged to help Stephanie provide the most appropriate diagnosis and/or treatment.
Who is the service for?
The service is for patients that are aged 18+ and are not currently receiving mental health treatment via a secondary service (e.g. hospitals, psychological wellbeing services, community mental health teams (CMHTs), crisis resolution and home treatment teams).
What can I do if I'm under 18?
Find out more about Footsteps Mental Health Service in Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees: For young people aged 11-19, Footsteps is a young person's health centre designed FOR young people, BY young people.
They provide a safe and comfortable environment for all your health concerns with a range of services available to meet your needs. The staff can provide confidential advice and treatment for a range of problems. Check out their website here: https://footstepsteesside.co.uk/
How can I make an appointment about my Mental Health?
Get in touch with your GP surgery to make an appointment with our Mental Health Practitioner:
TBMG: Thornaby & Barwick Medical Group
Thornaby: Trenchard Avenue, Thornaby, TS17 0EE | 01642 762921
Ingleby Barwick: Lowfields Avenue, Ingleby Barwick, TS17 0RJ | 01642 766505