A guide to taking the first steps, making empowered decisions and getting the right support for you.
Although the NHS is the largest provider of healthcare in the UK, there are often other support options to help you cope with a mental health problem. These include various community and third sector (charity) organisations such as:
These kinds of services are normally free or low cost, and can offer a range of support, such as:
However, they are not likely to:
These kind of services aren't always easy to find, so it's worth asking around.
You can often self-refer to these services, and you may also be referred by your GP.
This information was published in December 2017. We will revise it in 2020.
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