Mental health difficulties affect many of us. A good estimate is that one in four of us will experience such problems in our lives.
Well done, you have made the first step in your recovery by recognising you need help. Coming forward for help is not always easy but it is always helpful. It can take time to recover but there are many treatments and people available to make this happen as swiftly as possible.
Talking to your GP
For many of us our GP is the easiest person we can speak to and is the fastest at getting us to the right help. You may wish to make an appointment with your GP to chat with them about what you need.
Your GP knows about the services in your area and will be able to link you into those very quickly.
Statutory Mental Health Services (NHS and Social Care)
The Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) each have a range of teams that will be able to help you. Remember most people recover from mental health problems without needing to ever go into hospital.
Primary Care Mental Health Teams (PCMHT) help people who are often having mental health problems for the first time, whilst Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) work with people with more complex or longer lasting mental health issues. There are a range of specialist services to meet the needs of a variety of specific issues including crisis, trauma, drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, and psychotherapy.
Working within these teams are mental health practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds, each with their own skills to provide you with the best chance to recover.
These services provide a wide range of interventions or types of treatment that include psychological “talking” therapies, medication review, support, carers support, help with housing, financial guidance and links to employability.
Other services available to you
The Samaritans – offering support 24 hours a day in full confidence.
Call for free: 116 123
Breathing Space – offer a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information
Breathing Space is funded by the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Unit. The service is managed by NHS 24.
Call: 0800 83 85 87