If you're having mental health problems, you're not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.
Mental health services are free on the NHS, but in most cases you will need a referral from your GP to access them.
There are some mental health services that will allow people to refer themselves. This commonly includes services for drug problems and alcohol problems, as well as some psychological therapies (IAPT).
For a full breakdown of services, teams and pathways, see the glossary on the NHS website.
If your mental health difficulty is related to stress in your workplace, you can ask your employer what occupational health services are available to you. Check out the Time to Change website, which has a section dedicated to employers.
If you are at school or college, mental health care may be arranged for you. Read information on child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) on the NHS website.
Some mental health problems can be managed without the help of a GP. There are a variety of materials available and local organisations offering help, as well as online services. You can also try the NHS mood assessment quiz, which is designed to recommend resources to help you better understand how you feel.
For local support and information services, use the 'Services near you' search on the NHS website (links below):
- mental health support services
- mental health support services for young people
- NHS Moodzone:
If you want to talk to someone right away, this mental health helpline page has a list of organisations you can call for immediate assistance. These are helplines with specially trained volunteers who'll listen to you, understand what you're going through, and help you through the immediate crisis.
The Samaritans operates a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people who want to talk in confidence. Call them on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.
You can also read advice about dealing with a mental health crisis or emergency.