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 bipolar, psychosis and schizophrenia, which need treatment and support from specialists.
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 need to speak to or see someone urgently 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 or call 999 where necessary.
How can I access these services?
- If you already have a key worker or social worker, speak to them.
- If you do not have a social worker, you can see your GP, talk to a voluntary sector organisation directly or contact the primary care mental health duty team who will arrange a referral for you so someone can talk further with you about your needs.
Primary Care Mental Health Duty Team
The Primary Care Mental Health Duty Team is made up of psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses and support staff.
A range of services are offered, which include individual assessments and signposting to other agencies, information on support services in the community and access to a selection of information on how patients can recover through self-help. The service also offers a number of treatments including individual, group and family therapy.
These services are available to Barnet residents with mental health conditions.