One of the outputs of the initial DeStress project (2016-2019) was a set of training materials aiming to support GPs in their consultations with people from areas of economic disadvantage living with mental distress.
In a new study called ‘Implementing effective primary care responses to poverty-related mental distress’ (DeStress-2), we are delivering the DeStress training to General Practices across diverse settings encompassing diverse poverty-affected populations and learning how to optimise its impact for patients and for GPs.
We are undertaking the research across three Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) regions in England; South West England (PenARC); North London (ARC NT); North West England (ARC NWC).
After 18 months, all regions across England will be offered the optimised training resources.
The training aims to change consultation culture away from ‘quick fix’ antidepressant prescribing towards a more scientifically robust personalised bio-psycho-social approach to providing support. Such an approach aims to improve trust and engagement with low-income patients, fosters shared decision-making with patients around treatment and support (including social interventions to address mental distress), co-creates continuity in support, and recognises and seeks to build on personal strengths.
The one-hour DeStress training sessions are delivered by our training teams which comprise a GP and one of our community partners (someone with lived experience of poverty-related mental distress). The training is delivered in a way that endorses existing good practice and encourages team-based support for change.
If you are a GP in South West England, North Thames or North West England and you are interested in your practice receiving the DeStress training, please contact the lead for the study in your area: