The NHS and your GP can offer different types of support. This can include:
support within the community
Sometimes you can refer yourself for support. The level of mental health support can depend on your circumstances and where you live.
If you need mental health therapy, contact the psychological therapies service. This is sometimes known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). You can refer yourself or ask your GP about the service.
The service is available to anyone who:
does not already have NHS support for their mental health
lives in England
is aged 18 and over
Support can include:
help with common mental health issues, like anxiety and depression
Social prescribing can vary widely, so ask your GP what's available in your area.
They may refer you to a link worker in England or a community connector in Wales who can help you think about your health and wellbeing needs.
You may need to pay for activities or sessions, but these are usually discounted.
Other ways to get mental health support
There are other ways to get mental health support. You might want a second opinion or to get more advice if the NHS cannot offer everything you need. For example, you might see an NHS therapist once a month. If you need support in between your appointments, a charity might also be able to help.
You can get a second opinion by asking to speak with a different GP or doctor. If you would like support with this or to make a complaint, contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
Support from charities and organisations can depend on where you live. The Hub of Hope is a national database for mental health support. You can search for support and services that are available to you.
Relaxation techniques can help some people. Being able to relax your mind can help if you are feeling stressed or anxious. This can take a while to get used to, but there are lots of techniques you can try.
Mindshift can help you develop strategies to deal with difficult situations. It’s based on CBT techniques.
MyLife meditation app offers short, guided meditations, yoga and acupressure videos tuned to how you feel.
Clear Fear is a free app for helping you to recognise, manage and reduce your anxiety and fear.
Journaling or keeping a diary allows you to keep track of symptoms and process emotions. You also can write about the good things that have happened that day. Some people find it relaxing and enjoy focusing on how they are feeling.
Combined Minds is a free app for parents of young people with anxiety.
Your GP can offer mental health support for your child. The NHS has a children and young people’s mental health service (CYPMHS). This can also be referred to as CAMHS (children and adolescent mental health services).