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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

Rethink, the national mental health charity has advice on speaking to your doctor and how to prepare so you get the most out of your appointment.

2. Refer yourself for support

To do this, get in touch with:

  • A local organisation that provides talking therapies as part of the NHS programme 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' (IAPT) – 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.

Other services

  • 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).

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.

To find out more on eligibility for social care, read: Social care and assessment

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