Mental health

Find out how to get support for your mental health.

Get support without seeing a GP

You may get help sooner if you use the services below. You do not need to see a GP first.

Christchurch mental health services

You can browse Christchurch's services directory below.

Independent Mental health advocacy

South West Advocacy Network (SWAN) is a charity specialising in delivering independent advocacy.

If you are being detained under the Mental Health Act, you are legally entitled to support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate.

See things that Independent Mental health advocacy can help with
  • help you understand your rights
  • access information about your treatment
  • understand how to raise concerns about your experience and care
  • Plan for your care
  • request a review of your section
  • prepare and support you during meetings with medical and care staff

If you need urgent help:

NHS urgent mental health helplines are for people of all ages. You can:

  • get 24-hour advice and support – for you or someone else
  • speak to a mental health professional
  • get advice on the best way to get help
Find a local NHS urgent mental health helpline

Request an appointment at the surgery

If the services above are not suitable, you can request an appointment at the surgery.