Mental Health Practitioners

What is a Mental Health Practitioner?

Mental Health Practitioners (MHPs) act as the first point of contact for non-crisis mental health support in your GP practice. Whilst mental health can be complex, there are many things that can be done to support your mental wellbeing.

Who can see a Mental Health Practitioner?

To see a Mental Health Practitioner, you must be aged 18-64, be registered at one of our GP practices, and not be open to secondary care mental health services or community mental health team.

What can a Mental Health Practitioner offer me?

  • A formal assessment of your mental health needs
  • Advice and support around managing your mental health
  • Signposting you to other services.
  • Where appropriate, onward referrals to specialist mental health services.
  • Follow up sessions to build on psychosocial interventions where needed.
  • Support to transition into the community from secondary care

Please note that we are not a crisis service. For support in a crisis, please see the resources at the bottom of this page.

We are not a counselling service, but we can signpost you to appropriate services to receive talking therapies if needed. These services may be offered in your local community by a charity, or provided by your NHS trust.

Crisis Resources

If you find yourself in a mental health crisis, support is available. Please avoid visiting hospital A&E (Accident and Emergency) departments unless you have a physical health emergency.

  • Call 111 to speak to the national NHS helpline for anyone with an urgent healthcare need that isn’t a 999 emergency.
  • Call 0800 731 2864 (Option 1) for the local SLaM 24 hour mental health crisis line. You can find more details about SLaM and how to get in touch via this link.
  • Call the Samaritans (open 24/7): 116 123
    Text Shout (open 24/7): Text SHOUT to 85258 for confidential assistance in crisis.
  • If anyone is at risk of serious harm call 999 and ask for an ambulance, or the police.

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