Bernie’s story: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Bernie’s story: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies


hannah has dementia bernie her husband
is her sole carer they have the limited help of a support worker but bernie has
become anxious and stressed naturally he’s worrying about the future he
doesn’t want anyone to think you can’t manage he feels guilty about not being
able to care for her properly he doesn’t want to be a burden to his family and he
doesn’t want her to live in a care home at a weekly lunch at the local dementia
day care center the coordinator notices that Bernie’s been looking down and is
often on edge he asks if he’s okay and offers his support Bernie says he’s fine
he’s not depressed just tired and brushes it off as getting older the
coordinator dave tells bernie it’s common for older people to feel
depressed or anxious and there is a talking therapy service he can go to his
GP has also picked up on Bernie’s low moods and anxiety he tells him that
depression may not be about feeling sad it could be feelings of emptiness or
anger or that things are hopeless but it’s not an inevitable part of getting
older and can easily be treated his GP puts him in touch with a psychological
therapies service also known as I art if Bernie wants to think about it he can
call them direct without a GP referral after a chat and a think bernie agrees
to contact them Symone his psychological well-being
practitioner has helped Bernie to understand that being depressed is
common and nothing to be ashamed of one in four adults experiences mental health
problems throughout their lives Bernie’s using some of the techniques
he’s learned in the IR sessions which have helped him to relax and sleep he’s
working things through and feels less worried more hopeful and he’s out and
about with Hannah and with other carers he enjoys spending time with people who
understand how he feels talking therapies help people with
common mental health problems the service can also help people who
experience low mood or anxiety as the result of managing a long-term health
condition such as diabetes or heart disease

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