Mental health - getting help
Mental health issues can happen to anyone at any time. For help and advice for you or someone you know, there are two options to choose from:
1. Contact your doctor
- Contact your doctor and book an appointment.
2. Refer yourself for support
To do this, get in touch with one of the range of services available:
- A local organisation that provides talking therapies as part of the NHS programme 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' (IAPT) – These services provide one-to-one, group based and online talking therapies as well as self help resources. See a list of these organisations by area.
- Community Connections Surrey – The services here can be used by anyone interested in receiving support for emotional wellbeing. Included is one-to-one support, as well as group support for things like depression, eating disorders, and bi-polar disorder.
- For more information on current support including virtual support, self help options and a wide range of useful resources visit Healthy Surrey.
3. Adult Social Care
- Adult Social Care supports people with mental health needs when it affects their daily life. Your GP may refer you to the local mental health service for appropriate support and you may be supported by both services at some points in your recovery to ensure your needs are met and that you are able to live life to the full and do things that matter to you.
Will I have to pay?
Most mental health services are provided free by the NHS. However, social care support, and what you pay towards it, is determined by what your needs are, how much money you have, and what level and type of care and support you require.
Try our quick and easy-to use online checklist to get an indication of whether you are likely to qualify for social care support. As well as providing you with information on the support you could access locally, the checklist will also tell you if it might be worth spending time to do a full support needs assessment.
If you think you are unlikely to qualify for support from us, visit our staying independent section which contains lots of information about services that could support you to stay at home for longer. You can also find out what local support options are available for you to arrange yourself by visiting Surrey Information Point.
To find out more, read How social care can help.
- Community Mental Health Recovery Services (CMHRSs)
CMHRSs are teams of mental health professionals from Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey County Council. They offer day-to-day support for adults aged 18 to 64 with mental ill-health. You will need to be referred by your GP (see above).
- Community Mental Health Teams for Older People (CMHTs)
CMHTs are teams of mental health professionals from Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey County Council. They offer support to people over the age of 65 with mental illness, cognitive function deterioration, or dementia. You will need to be referred by your GP (see above).