One in four people will experience mental illness in any year. If that’s you, there is help available. Mental illness is treatable and, with appropriate support and treatment, people do recover.

There are many different kinds of mental illness. You can find out more about different mental illnesses on mental health charity Mind’s website.

You should make an appointment to see your GP if you think you have a mental illness.

Mental health services are free on the NHS, but you will usually need a referral from your GP to access them. There are some mental health services that will allow people to refer themselves for help. This commonly includes services for drug and alcohol problems, as well as some psychological therapy services.

Your GP will assess your circumstances and offer appropriate advice or treatment. They can also refer you to a psychological therapy service or a specialist mental health service for further advice or treatment.

These services may be provided by your GP surgery, a large local health centre, a specialist mental health clinic, or hospital. The treatment may be provided on a one-to-one basis or in a group with others with similar difficulties, and therapy sometimes also involves partners and families.

More information on mental health services can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Out of hours mental health services

If you or someone you know experiences a mental health crisis during our out-of hours periods, there is help available. See below for contact details in your area:

Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow residents
If you need out of hours support (5pm-9am Monday to Friday, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays), please call the 24 hour support line on 0300 1234 244.

For more information, visit the West London Mental Health NHS Trust website.

Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster residents
The out of hours Urgent Advice Line can be contacted on 0800 0234 650 (5pm-9am Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays).

For more information, visit the Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust website.