At It’s OK we are unable to provide any individual help. Please see below for a list of in-person and online ways to get help and support for your mental health.
IN-PERSON HELP AND CRISIS SUPPORT
If you or someone you know is experiencing a wellbeing crisis and/or wants to end their life, please contact the ambulance (999) or your GP as soon as possible. If you or the person feels they cannot keep themselves safe, stay with someone until help arrives. Please know that there is no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings. The most important thing is to seek support so that you or the person you are concerned about do not have to struggle with those feelings alone. If suicidal feelings become intense or develop into urges and/or plans please seek emergency support as soon as possible.
Therapy for common disorders such as depression and anxiety are now widely available across England thanks to the Improving Access to Therapies (IAPT) services. Each borough or locality has its own therapy service which can vary in size, waiting times, and therapeutic options available. The most commonly available therapy is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Most services have a local website where you can look up how to get access to their service. Some require referrals via a GP, whilst others accept self-referrals. *
Mental Health Referrals
Adults aged 18 and over need to access Adult Mental Health Services. Both Adults and CAMHS services provide support for depression, problems with food, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety, and more. There are local NHS services around the UK, with teams made up of nurses, therapists, psychologists, support workers and social workers, as well as other professionals. You can refer yourself for an assessment with either service to see what help you could get. We would suggest initially visiting your local GP to see what help can be offered to you there. Referrals can often take from 6 weeks to 12 months so please not this is often not a short term solution. To find therapies in your local area, please go to http://bit.do/findtherapynhs *
*due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 referrals may be slower than usual.