steps2change in Chesterfield to close

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A service which supports people who are suffering from stress, anxiety and depression is to close – putting almost 40 jobs at risk.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said financial pressures mean it will not extend a contract to continue providing steps2change at Spire Walk, Chesterfield, meaning the service will end in September.

The trust is currently in talks with the service’s 37 members of staff about their future.

A trust spokesman said: “The service is one of five qualified providers for the Derbyshire area, offering a wide range of talking therapy services designed to treat mild to moderate mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression.

“This decision was taken by the trust as delivering the service was no longer deemed to be a commercially viable option.

“We are now in discussions with the local clinical commissioning group which commissions the service in order to find a solution for the future care of our patients once the contract ends. The trust is also consulting with the 37 staff regarding their future employment.

“In the meantime, we will continue to provide safe and reliable psychological therapy services to existing patients until alternative arrangements can be put in place.”

The steps2change website states: “One in four of us experience mental health problems at some point in our lives.

“If you feel that your daily life is being affected by conditions such as stress, anxiety or depression, then we’re here to help.

“We offer a variety of treatments, tailored to suit your needs.

“Best of all, the treatments we use are recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence – and are proven to be effective.”