The practice keeps close ties with the Community Mental Health Team. This team consist of psychiatrists, psychologists, community psychiatric nurses (CPNs), and occupational therapists amongst others, and all patients are initially referred through a centralised system.
Not everyone will benefit from an antidepressant, and there is evidence to support their use in combination with other psychological therapies. There are several different types of antidepressant medications that the GP may suggest following a consultation. They work in different ways and, as with all medications, come with side effects. Please click on this link to find out more about antidepressant medication, and whether it is right for you.
Mental Health Emergency
If you are suffering with mental health problems and need to see a psychiatric specialist in an emergency out of hours, you can contact the Mental Health Assessment Service (MHAS) at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital direct on 0131 537 6000 and ask for the Emergency Team. If it is within practice hours, please contact the surgery where a Duty Doctor will be available.
If you feel you would benefit from counselling then please click here to find out about the various counselling services available in Lothian and how to access these. The majority of these do not require GP referral. Please note that counselling is not provided by the NHS but we can refer for psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Please click on the following links to find out more information about looking after your mental health: