Usually all assessments start with your doctor. Your GP will assess your needs. With your GP, you will be able to decide the best course of action.
Your GP may treat you directly or refer you to mental health services.
Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help.
People living in Northern Ireland can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. Deaf and hard of hearing Textphone users can call Lifeline on 18001 0808 808 8000. Calls to Lifeline are free to people living in Northern Ireland who are calling from UK landlines and mobiles. The Lifeline website is https://www.lifelinehelpline.info/(external link opens in a new window / tab)
Free, confidential calls on 116 123, or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about the Samaritans at https://www.samaritans.org/(external link opens in a new window / tab)
Inspire Mental Health teams provide support services to people with lived experience of mental ill health, through:
Supported Housing Services
Providing a home and community 24/7 for people living with mental ill health across Northern Ireland.
Community Wellbeing Schemes
Community-based recovery focused wellbeing support for people living with mental ill health.
Support and advice for people living in their own homes.
Information and support for people experiencing a mental health crisis, along with their families and carers.
Self-Harm Intervention Programme
A specialist programme for people who are self-harming, or are at risk of self-harming, and their families.
Providing support and information for people who have a family member in a mental health crisis.
You can find out more here:
mental health services | Inspire (inspirewellbeing.org)
Extern is a social justice charity providing a range of services and advice in areas including:
- homeless or facing homelessness
- the Traveller community
- people who have been through the criminal justice system
- living with the impact of suicide
- dealing with mental health
- dealing with drug and alcohol issues
You can find out more at this website: Extern: Transforming Lives, Transforming Society or on +44 (0)28 9084 0555