It's not always easy to talk to your GP about your deepest feelings. Even getting to the point where you accept you may have a mental health problem can be difficult.
That's why we've made our Find the Words guide on how to make the most of the few minutes you have with your GP or practice nurse.
Our Find the Words guide can help you prepare for your first conversation with your GP or practice nurse and find ways to express how you're feeling.
Our mental and physical health are closely connected. Some mental health problems might stop us from getting enough sleep, or make it harder to keep active and eat healthily. Equally, experiencing physical health problems can lead to anxiety, low mood or depression.
It's important that you and your doctor or nurse talk about your health as a whole. Treating mental and physical health together will help us to get the support we need to stay well.
Read Paul's blog about how his GP supported him to find ways of treating his mental and physical health as a whole.
Getting the right help to cope with a mental health problem doesn't always happen straight away, and there may be times where you're not happy with the support you're getting. There are steps you can take to raise concerns and access help in other ways.
If you feel you haven't had the support you needed for a mental health problem, we have information that may help you.
If you've had a bad experience with mental health services you can report it to the Care Quality Commission. By sharing your experience you help the CQC get a picture of where improvements need to be made.