Using Mental Health Services

Most people initially access services by seeing their GP who can then make a referral if needed. Some services, for example talking therapy services, accept referrals directly from individuals.

If you are currently being supported by a mental health team, you are able to request information about your care and treatment and should do this via your care co-ordinator/keyworker.

People being supported by mental health teams should have a care plan, a written agreement of how you will work together towards your recovery. This plan should be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure that it is working and is still relevant. The framework under which care is organised is called the ‘Care Programme Approach’ and more details about this can be found here:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/care-programme-approach.aspx

For information about how to access NHS mental health services in England, visit

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/mental-health-services-explained/Pages/accessing%20services.aspx

In Scotland –

https://www.samh.org.uk/

In Wales

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/healthtopics/conditions/mentalhealth

In Northern Ireland –

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/mental-health-services