18 Feb 2019
West London NHS Trust’s Back on Track, which encourages Hammersmith and Fulham residents to talk about their mental health, celebrated its 10th birthday with an afternoon tea on Friday 8 February at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. The celebration coincided with ‘Time to Talk’ day, which was designed to stimulate a national conversation about mental illness.
Around 100 people came along to mark the milestone, including Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith, staff, service users, community groups, and representatives from the Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Clinical Commissioning Group.
Ruth Dennis, Joint Clinical Lead for Back on Track, said: “More than 40,000 people have been helped by Back on Track since we launched 10 years ago. Talking about mental illness is never easy but it can make a real difference to your health and wellbeing. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and don’t know where to turn, please do get in touch.”
Speaking at the event, Andy Slaughter said: “More and more people are talking about mental health in public and in Parliament, and that’s a very good thing. Services like Back on Track are invaluable in helping people to talk about their conditions and challenging the stigma around mental health. . I was honoured to be able to meet service users and hear about the positive impact Back on Track have had on them. My thanks go to the staff of Back on Track for the fantastic work they do for the people of Hammersmith and Fulham.”
Robert Nessling, a former service user added: “I was referred to Back on Track by my GP, as I really didn’t want medication to treat my problems. The three sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy I received allowed me to regain my stability and confidence. In return, I’ve been delighted to be able to support Back on Track, for example representing service users on staff interview panels. I’m truly grateful for all the support I’ve had from Back on Track.”
Anyone over the age of 18 years and is registered at a GP practice in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham can use this free service. They can be referred by their GP or health care professional or can self-refer by calling 0300 123 1156.