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One of the things you told us was that you needed to be able to access help quickly and easily.
So, we’ve planned changes that mean that if you’re experiencing mental health difficulties and need help, whichever health, social care or education worker you reach out to they will make sure you get the support you need.
That could be your GP, a nurse, a
social care professional, a 111 call advisor, a member of your community team, or even a support worker in your school.
There’ll be no wrong door when you’re seeking help.
Whoever you choose to speak to will know what to do next, and will act quickly to make sure you get the help you need.
For example, Areeb has been managing his bi-polar with medication for the past 20 years. Recently, Areeb has been well and has not had to see his community team for over two years.
However, Areeb started noticing some early warning signs, like talking quickly and increased activity levels, so he reached out to his GP for some help.
Areeb’s GP does not need to make a referral for Areeb to speak to a specialist, as she’s able to speak to a consultant psychiatrist directly. The psychiatrist gives the GP some advice on medication changes. This means that Areeb doesn’t have to speak to a second person or retell his story.
At Areeb’s six-week review, his GP notices that Areeb is continuing to struggle, so arranges for him to be reviewed by a mental health specialist.
Areeb is able to access these specialist services quickly, and within 3 months his moods have stabilised and he is able to continue to manage his condition with the help of services in his community.