Mental Health Support - IAPT


Your Health

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a service provided by the NHS Partnership Trust and CW Mind for people who are feeling stressed, anxious, low in mood or depressed. IAPT can provide advice, information and therapy.

Who is it for?

How can I contact IAPT?

How does IAPT help me?

  • You will be able to talk about your concerns; this may be by telephone or in person.
  • You will be listened to without judgment.
  • You will have an opportunity to talk through issues you feel are important and how these can be addressed.

If IAPT is the best service to help you, you will be offered a choice of evidence based Psychological Interventions that are appropriate for your needs. This may include the following:

  • Psychological Education courses.
  • Computerised CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
  • Guided self-help, helping you manage your symptoms.
  • Group or Individual Therapy
  • Books on prescription where available and recommended helpful reading

Self harm 

Your Health

Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It is a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.

Sometimes when people self-harm they intend to die but often the intention is more to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. Self-harm can also be a cry for help.

If you are self-harming, you should see your GP for help. You can also call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 for support or visit the website of Mind (a mental health charity) for further advice.

Your GP will usually offer to refer you to healthcare professionals at a local community mental health service for further assessment. This assessment will result in your care team working out a treatment plan with you.

Treatment for people who self-harm will usually involve seeing a therapist to discuss your feelings and thoughts and how these affect your behaviour and wellbeing. If you are badly depressed it could also involve taking antidepressant medication.

Read more about getting help if you self-harm.


A dementia diagnosis can come as a shock to the person with the condition and those around them.  However, there are sources of help and support for everyone involved.

It's natural to worry about the future, but it is important to remember that you're not alone. The NHS, social services and voluntary organisations will be able to provide advice and support.

If the person you care for has ongoing medical care needs, they may qualify for free NHS continuing care, which will be assessed by NHS staff.

Find out more about assessments and what to expect from the NHS and social services.

Dementia Support Services in Coventry

Alzheimers Society (Coventry)


The Alzheimer's Society provides the following dementia support services in Coventry: - Information and advice to people with dementia and their carers - 1:1 support for people affected by dementia in resolving issues - A range of peer support groups for people affected by dementia - Dementia education courses for carers of people with dementia - Day care for people with dementia. They provide information, support and specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. This includes dementia support, day care, Alzheimer café, helpline, a support group for people with dementia and carer support groups. They also provide accredited training for professionals.

They now offer culturally specific services  to people from the South Asian Community in Coventry: Information Programme for South Asian Families (IPSAF) and Asian Singing for the Brain.  We also have a generic Singing for the Brain Service.

Crossroads Care Coventry & Warwickshire


  • Tel: 024 76 258816
  • Address: 6 Queen Victoria Road, Coventry, CV1 3JH I Get directions

Some of the services offered:

Crossroads Care Coventry & Warwickshire’s mission is to support carers by direct help and to customise our services to the individual needs of our service users. We will offer a service which empowers and enriches the quality of life of both the carer and the person they care for....(click read more)

We are committed to providing high quality services to meet the needs of people with specific care requirements, whilst ensuring we relieve the stresses and strains of the family or friends who care for them.
As a charity our resources are used to provide services and to train staff, ensuring we meet your needs in the way you decide. Our care support staff are fully trained and have the skills to enable people to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Home Based Respite Care:

This is when a carer support worker comes to your home and takes the place of the carer for an agreed time to give the carer a break.

Overnight Services:
This is when a care support worker comes to you home and stays overnight usually 10pm to 7am and provides whatever personal care support is needed. This then allows the carer to have an undisturbed night's sleep

Community Based Services:
This is when the service is provided in the community. The person with care needs is supported to access community activities of their choice which enhances their quality of life and well being. 

Domestic Service:
This is a service to support those people who, for whatever reason, find carrying out essential domestic tasks difficult. We provide an hourly based service on request. Crossroads also provides specialist services to people recovering from a stroke, to people with dementia and a palliative care service.