Patients with Mental Health Problems
The practice caters for the needs of patients with mental health problems in the following ways:
- The practice employs its own counsellor to support patients with mental health issues, thereby allowing patients to be seen in a GP practice setting
- The practice provides accommodation for another mental health provider and alcohol counsellors to see patients in the familiar surroundings of their own surgery
- The practice’s appointments system allows for longer appointments for patients with mental health problems
- Doctors will often pre-book telephone calls with mental health patients so they can review the patient’s progress
- Patients who experience difficulties in attending appointments during busy periods will be offered appointments at the beginning or end of the day to reduce anxiety
- A doctor makes an annual visit to a specialist mental health care home to review all the patients’ medication
About Mental Health
Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem at some point in their lives, which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.
Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Schizophrenia, depression and personality disorders are all examples of mental health problems. Diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia generally develop in old age, whereas eating disorders are more common in young people.
Alzheimer's Society - Diagnosis interview with Terry Pratchett
The Alzheimer's Society is the leading care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers.
They provide further information and education, support for carers, and quality day and home care on the Alzheimer's Society Video Site
Mental Health Wellbeing Podcasts
You can subscribe to wellbeing podcasts on the Mental Health Foundation Website.
The website of the Mental Health Foundation outlines the charity’s work in research, policy, service development and service user involvement. The site offers information and publications to download on research, good practice in services and on mental health problems and key issues.
Mental Health - Healthtalkonline
Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.
An information sheet helping to understand mroe about Alzheimer's Disease
An information sheet helping to understand more about the causes, treatment and understanding of Depression
Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia. Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. We offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey
Mental Health Foundation
Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
For further information regarding mental health issues please see the links below.