When looking for support, there are many options available to us. Depending on our circumstances, some options may feel better suited to our needs than others.
A G.P. (local doctor) is usually the first service to approach in relation to mental health concerns. You can discuss the support options that are available with your doctor and the things you can do for yourself.
In some cases, a G.P. may refer you to mental health services or to other supports such as counselling or psychology.
Booking a private appointment with a psychologist, counsellor or hypnotherapist is another option available to you. If this is something you are considering, be sure to ask about their qualifications and whether they are registered with an accrediting body.
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is the main body in the UK representing counselling at national and international levels. You can use their online tool to find a qualified therapist.
If you are working, it is possible that your employer may have a mental health support policy in place. Many employers now offer a confidential referral service to a private psychologist or counsellor; some employers will even pay for at least six sessions.
If you feel comfortable, approach a manager or your HR department and tell them how
To be eligible for this service you need to be in permanent or temporary employment (attending work or signed off) and have a mental health condition (disagnosed or undiagnosed) that has resulted in workplace absence, or is causing difficulties to remain in work.
You can call 0300 4568114 and speak to one of their friendly advisors or email email@example.com
The Equality Act protects people from discrimination. It brings together the law that was found in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), the Race Relations Act, and the Sex Discrimination Act.
It protects people from being discriminated against because of certain characteristics, such as gender, age or disability. You might not think of yourself as disabled, but if your mental health condition has a serious impact on your day-to-day life over a long period then it might be considered a disability under this law.
Some of the most important things to know are:
- An employer must not treat a disabled person less favourably than another employee because of disability.
- It is wrong for your employer to treat you badly because they think that you have a disability
- It is wrong to treat you unfavourably where this is linked to disability.
- Employers must make reasonable adjustments to work practices, and provide other aids and adaptations, for disabled employees.
- The law covers you during recruitment, employment and if you are being dismissed for any reason, including redundancy
- Employers are not allowed to use ‘pre-employment questionnaires‘ to ask about your health before you are offered a job
Mind’s legal advice service and legal unit
Mind’s legal advice service – 0300 466 6463 –firstname.lastname@example.org
This provides legal information and general advice on mental health related law covering mental health, mental capacity, community care, human rights and discrimination/equality related to mental health issues.
Community & Non-Statutory Services
You can access a wide range of supports and services from community and non-statutory organisations. Many of these services are low-cost or free and include one-to-one services, family and group supports, counselling, befriending, bereavement support, personal development, respite support and income/employment advice and support. Speak with your doctor
The National Health Service (NHS) provides an easy to use online tool to find mental health support services.
In an emergency situation, when a G.P. is not available, you can access the mental health services through your local hospital.
HOPELineUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information.
If you’re in America and in crises you can call Call 1-800-273-TALK
If you’re based in another location Befrienders Worldwide can help.