How can I get help for my mental health?

A GP can provide either treatment or can refer you to a specialist for extra help. Effective treatments are available and early identification and care can reduce harm and improve quality of life. If you are uncertain or nervous about speaking to a GP, take a friend or family member with you.

Let your GP know if you are getting help from anyone else, such as other doctors, self-help groups, family and friends, or natural therapists. Remember to provide your GP with your full list of medications (including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and natural therapies), and ask your GP for a general health check to see what else might be adding to the way you feel.

Many general practices can provide a practice nurse to help you with your appointments. You can speak to a practice nurse if you are uncertain or nervous about speaking to a GP.

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