One in four people will be affected by mental health problems at some point in their life. Mental health problems can range from anxieties and worries caused by everyday life to more serious long-term conditions such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia, which need treatment and support from specialists.
For information about how to recognise the symptoms of a mental health problem, visit the Rethink website.
A wide range of services is available for people with mental health problems in Barnet. If you are concerned that you or someone you know has a mental health problem, in the first instance you should go to your local GP surgery.
If you urgently need to speak to or see someone about your mental health outside of GP hours, then you can either go to your nearest walk-in centre or A&E or contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90. Call 999 where necessary.
How can I access mental health services?
- You can see your GP, or contact the Barnet Triage Service who will arrange a referral for you so someone can talk further with you about your needs.
This service is made up of psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses and support staff. They can assess your mental health needs, signpost or refer to other agencies, and provide information on how patients can recover through self-help. The service also offers a number of treatments including individual, group and family therapy.
- There are some services which you are able to refer yourself to, such as Psychological Therapies. This includes a range of treatment programmes including one to one therapy, counselling and group work. Visit the Let’s Talk website for more information.
- Or you can talk directly to a voluntary sector organisation offering mental health support. They can give advice about services available locally, and offer you group and individual support to overcome mental health problems (see below for details of local organisations).
- If you need urgent mental health treatment you can now self-refer to the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment (CRHT) team. The team sees patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in their home or in the community i.e. GP surgery, A&E department etc. You can contact the Barnet team on 0208 702 4040.
If you are already a patient of the Trust and need urgent care you should contact your care co-ordinator in the first instance between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours please contact the CRHT team (details above). For further information please visit the trust web site at www.beh-mht.nhs.uk
Support from local voluntary organisations
This is a mental health and wellbeing service which anyone in Barnet who has experienced mental health problems can access for free.
Eclipse offers activity and special interest groups, individual and group recovery support, training and employment opportunities and advice on wellbeing. It also works to tackle discrimination of those with mental health problems. Find out more on the Eclipse Barnet website.
Barnet Multilingual Wellbeing Service
Barnet Multilingual Wellbeing Service is a partnership by mother tongue counselling services. The group aim to support and signpost people to specialist services and teams within Barnet. They are based at the Information and Advice Centre at Edgware Community Hospital (Burnt Oak Broadway, HA8 0AD).
Tel: 020 8732 6655
Barnet Voice for Mental Health (link) run two weekly support sessions for local people with mental health problems. These include a range of activities such as reading, walking, art, and games; depending on the interests of those attending. Sessions take place on a Monday afternoon in Edgware, and a Friday afternoon in Finchley. See our social care connect directory for details.
Mental health advocacy services
There are a range of advocacy services for people with mental health support needs in Barnet, including:
- Mind in Barnet offers services to help people find solutions to their individual needs and wishes.
- Barnet Voice for Mental Health provide a voice for users of mental health services to influence the development and delivery of mental health services.
- Healthwatch Barnet aims to help people to get the best from local health and social care services, by influencing how services are planned and delivered.
You can see a full list of mental health support and advocacy organisations in our social care connect directory.