Mental health in Solihull

Mental health in Solihull

If you need to talk to someone now:

  • The Samaritans of Solihull
  • NHS 111 - call 111

Mental health problems are common

Mental health problems are common in the UK today:

  • Almost half of all adults experiencing at least 1 episode of depression in their life
  • 1 in 10 (10 per cent) of children and young people aged between 5 and 16 years of age suffer from a mental health condition which can be diagnosed

Worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can all make it harder for people to cope and poor mental health can affect all aspects of life, including:

  • education
  • employment
  • relationships

Having poor mental health can also impact on your physical health.

Understanding mental health

If you are worried about your mental health, getting help early means that you can be the person you want to be. Life does not have to be dictated by mental illness.

Understanding about the mental health problem is the first step, and learning about the practical steps you can take to tackle it can empower you to face your problems in a positive way.

There are a number of mental health services in Solihull you can access for guidance and support to improve your mental health.

Mental health support from your doctor

Other than your friends and family, the place to start discussing your mental health problems is with your GP.

Your local surgery will be familiar with your medical history and have immediate access to all of your notes.

This will allow them to direct you to the best service, as well as discuss other steps to take, such as tackling the issue with medication.

Your doctor will also be able to talk you through all of the available services that are most appropriate for your treatment.

Out of hours help for mental health

If you need assistance out of hours, when your surgery is closed or if you cannot get an appointment, you should:

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

After an assessment with your GP and a discussion over what would be the most appropriate care for you, you may be referred to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust can provide referred patient services to:

  • homeless people
  • adults
  • older adults aged 65+
  • young people

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust can also provide specialist services, including deaf, perinatal, eating disorder and bipolar mental health services.

It also provides services for drug and alcohol addictions (through Solihull Integrated Addiction Service (SIAS)).

You can look at the latest inspection reports for the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust on the Care Quality Commission website.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT)

If you are over 16 and registered with a GP in Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire, the IAPT service can help with:

  • anxiety
  • depression and low mood
  • panic attacks
  • phobias
  • stress

To book an initial appointment call 0121 728 4895 Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays) or visit https://www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/iapt.

As well as helping you to build on your existing strengths, the service can also help you to learn new coping skills and:

  • talk about your concerns, by telephone or in person
  • listen to you without prejudice
  • give you the opportunity to talk through issues you feel are important, and how they can be addressed

There is a range of options that could help you, including:

  • Psychological Education materials and courses
  • Computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • guided self-help
  • group therapy
  • individual therapy

The IAPT service can also:

National mental health helplines

Expert advice is also available from national helplines.

If you are worried about your own mental health or the mental health of a loved one or someone you care for, the NHS Choices website has a list of national helplines to call.

Support and advice is available for people facing challenges in every aspect of life, including:

  • depression, anxiety and obsession
  • child abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence
  • addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling
  • bereavement
  • crime

Mental health support in Solihull