Mental health services
As many as one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
Mental health problems range from reactions to normal life events, such as bereavement, relationship breakdowns and depression, to more complex conditions such as schizophrenia.
Accessing mental health services
The first place to get help is your GP or the Richmond Wellbeing Service. 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.
If you are experiencing mental health problems it is important to know that you are not alone and there is help out there to improve your mental well-being.
There is a full directory of mental health services and support available in Richmond on the Mind website. Whether you are suffering from mental health difficulties yourself, or you have a friend or family member who is struggling, you can use this directory to find support.
A network of community-based informal support services for vulnerable adults is also provided by the Community Independent Living Service (CILS).
Emergency mental health services
In an emergency, if your GP practice is closed, you should go to your nearest hospital's A&E and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty.
There is also a lot of information about mental health and dementia services and support available online:
A comprehensive guide to mental health and living well. The site includes free audio guides to boost your mood, advice on coping with bereavement, links to local services and much more.