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How can I start depression treatment at Life Works?

How to start depression recovery at Life Works

The road to depression recovery starts with a call to Life Works at 0800 081 0700 or a message through our contact form. The process is less daunting and mysterious than you may think. When you call, you will speak with our depression treatment admissions professionals who will discuss your situation and the issues that you are facing right now. Our staff will be able to help you in a completely non-judgmental and confidential manner.

We will ask you a number of questions that will help to assess your depression and your personal needs. This insures we recommend the most appropriate treatment for you - whether that is residential or outpatient treatment, or one-to-one therapy or onward referral to specialised services if we are not the appropriate service. Our admissions professionals will also be able to address any concerns or queries you may have around treatment.

This service is completely discreet and anything that you share with us will be in total confidence.

What happens next?

After your initial call, Life Works will help you to complete a pre-screening assessment. We can do this with you over the phone or you can come to Life Works and meet with one of our counsellors in person. During the pre-screening assessment, we will discuss in more detail the issues that around your depression you feel you need support with and the best depression treatment options for you.

If we feel that we can offer the best depression treatment for you, and you wish to come in for treatment we will arrange for a comprehensive assessment covering key medical, psychiatric and psychological issues with one of our dedicated primary counsellors.

What will happen when I admit for depression treatment at Life Works?

When you enter depression treatment at Life Works, you will be met by our admissions team who will welcome you and answer any last minute questions you may have.

You will then be introduced to the nursing team who will undertake an initial medical risk assessment of you. It is at this point that you can advise us of any medications you are currently taking including the name of the medication, the dosage and frequency administered, as well as the name of the physician who prescribed the medication.

In order that you come prepared and know what to expect, we have compiled the following information booklet that will help you in planning your stay with Life Works. Download PDF.

Once the medical assessment is completed, we will then introduce you to your primary depression counsellor who will work with you personally throughout your stay with us. We will also assign a ‘buddy’ to you. Your buddy will show you where things are and help you settle into Life Works.

If you are ready to start depression treatment, please call Life Works at 0800 081 0700 or fill out our contact form.

What will treatment be like?

Many individuals who admit to Life Works do not know about the treatment that they are agreeing to and it is common to feel anxiety or fear around what it will be like. To ease your concerns and help you understand what to expect from your treatment, below is an outline of a typical day at Life Works:

08:00-08:30

Breakfast

09:00-12:15

Therapeutic groups and activities

12:15-13:15

Lunch

13:15-14:00

Accompanied walk

14:00-18:00

Therapeutic groups and activities

18:00-19:00

Supper

19:30-21:30

Attend Fellowship meeting (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous, etc.).

Where appropriate, complete homework assignments or participate in various social / therapeutic activities

For more detail about Life Works treatment programme, please see Treatment Methods.

You can start your recovery today by calling Life Works at 0800 081 0700 or filling out our contact form.

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