Speak to your GP

The first step is usually to speak to your GP, as they can discuss the best path forward with you. They may be able to support you themselves, or refer you to mental health services for ongoing treatment.

In most cases you have the right to choose which service you are referred to.

Read more about accessing mental health services.

Read more about registering with a GP.

Some services are available without speaking to your GP

You can access IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services by self-referring. These are primarily talking therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Read more about talking therapies.

Do you need urgent mental health support?

Contact the Birmingham and Solihull Urgent Mental Health Helpline (provided by Birmingham Mind), which is open 24/7 on (freephone) 0800 915 9292.

Looking for advice about mental health?

Rethink provides practical advice to adults affected by mental illness. You can get advice about topics including patient rights, benefits and social care.

Looking for further support ?

Read our list of organisations helping people in Birmingham with their mental health. 

Do you need more information?

Please contact our friendly team by email on info@healthwatchbirmingham.co.uk or call (freephone) 0800 652 5278. You can also fill in our quick query form.

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Find out where to get help and advice if you’re struggling with your mental health.

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