As many as one in four people will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their lives. Mental health problems range from reactions to normal life events, such as bereavement and relationship breakdowns and depression, to more complex conditions such as schizophrenia.
If you are experiencing mental health problems it is important to know that you are not alone and there is plenty of help out there to improve your mental well-being. The first place to get help is your GP. They are best placed to offer you initial advice on how to deal with your symptoms and talk to you about available treatments and support services in your area. Please refer to our Primary Care Plus Mental Health Service.
There are a number of talking therapies available to adults in Westminster who may be experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety or depresstion. Click here to find out how you can reach out in Westminster.
During office hours (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
If you already use our services, during office hours your first point of contact should be the person that you usually see (your care coordinator, or named lead professional). Their contact details, or the contact details of your care team, are contained in your care plan and on your Crisis Card.
Out of hours (5pm-9am, Monday to Friday; and Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays)
The Single Point of Access offers mental health triage for routine, urgent and emergency referrals, information and advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year.
0800 0234 650
If you, or a friend or relative are experiencing mental health problems for the first time and need emergency treatment or advice during office hours, then you should contact your general practitioner (GP).
To find out more about mental health and for a range of useful tools to help with your mental wellbeing, visit the NHS choices website.
There are also a number of charities that provide support and advice to people with mental health illnesses. The links below take you to their websites.