About mental health therapists and practitioners
Looking after our mental health is important for everyone. If you, or someone you know requires support, it’s important to find the right kind of help early on, and your GP can help you to do this. Mental health professionals are now available at your local GP practice to help you get the support you need, when you need it.
If you, or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, speak to someone at your local GP surgery who can arrange the right kind of support for you.
Mental health therapists and practitioners can help with:
- talking therapies to support patients on a wide range of topic and issues
- providing tools and techniques to help manage symptoms
- supporting people who are experiencing the psychological effects of managing long-term conditions, such as diabetes
What are the benefits for GPs?
- alleviate time spent on mental health consultations
- improve patient journey and overall experience
- faster access to appropriate mental health expertise
- early detection of mental health difficulties
- active case management to reduce number of patients who fall between primary and secondary care services
How can patients book to see or access advice from a first contact practitioner?
Sessions are usually one-on-one, but can also be in couple or group settings, by phone or online. Referrals can be made directly via the local psychological therapies (IAPT) service, GP, clinical pharmacists, practice nurses and healthcare assistants.
This service is provided by Vita Health Group.