Do you suffer from mental health problems including:
- Generalised anxiety and stress related problems
- Panic attacks
- Depression, including pre and post natal depression
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
If so, there is a range of options available to you, and you don’t necessarily have to see your GP.
East Surrey CCG has introduced self-referral for psychological therapy, meaning that you can book appointments direct with a therapist if you prefer not to talk to your GP. Alternatively, you can be referred by other healthcare professionals, such as nurses, midwives and therapists.
Self-referral for psychological therapy
If you think you need psychological support, you can contact a provider of psychological therapy services directly and ask for an appointment on the NHS. Direct access is open to all patients aged 18 and over who are registered with a GP practice in the East Surrey CCG area.
If you are experiencing a mental health issue, from mild to severe, there is a choice of five providers who can offer you support. You can either contact the providers directly (see below for contact details) or be referred by your GP or other health professional.
East Surrey CCG IAPT Services
If you are finding it difficult to cope, we can help. Each year one in four of us will experience a mental
health problem. You are not alone. If you are over 18 and registered with a GP in the East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group area – which includes Tandridge, Redhill and Reigate, you can access free help and support directly.
Who can help me?
There is a range of options available and you don’t necessarily have to see your GP. We have introduced self-referral for psychological therapy– so you can book appointments direct with a therapist.
What treatments are available?
There are five available services which look at each person’s individual needs and offer the type of care likely to help the most with a range of conditions, including, for example, depression,panic attacks, OCD, post trauma and phobias, living with a long term condition. You can contact one of these organisations directly and ask for a free appointment on the NHS.
- DHC (Dorking Healthcare)
- Ieso digital Health
- Think Action
- Mind Matters
- Centre for Psychology
After your needs are assessed you will be offered the most appropriate care, which may include a short course of counselling to help you manage your current mental health problem.
Other services available
If you aren't ready for counselling, or feel that it is not for you, there are other services available. https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk is a helpful website that offers further advice and information about improving your physical and mental wellbeing.
Unfortunately First Steps was decommissioned by Surrey County Council in April 2017, but they are working to reshape this public health service.
Getting help in a crisis
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis you should see your GP as soon as possible, or contact: