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We work in partnership with health trusts and other organisations throughout the County to provide specialist mental health services to support people affected by mental health problems.
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Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time and one in four people will experience some form of mental illness. There are many different types of mental health issues, from mild problems to more severe and enduring problems. Some examples include: abuse and neglect; addictions; Alzheimer's disease; anxiety; dementia; depression; eating disorders; grief and loss; and stress and trauma.
If you, a relative or a friend has a mental health problem, it can be treated and recovery rates are good. Your doctor or GP will be able to explain more about the various treatments available for mental health problems.
Getting help for mental health issues
The first point of call for mental health problems should be your doctor or GP. They will then either treat you or refer you to your local community mental health team for help. You can find your local doctor or GP using the NHS - find and choose services website.
One aspect of treating someone with mental health problems is the Mental Health Act (1983) assessment. This is an assessment as to whether someone requires compulsory treatment for their mental illness, or can be supported in another way and outside hospital. You can find more information on the role of the approved mental health professional page.
The Mental Capacity Act
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a statutory framework to empower and protect vulnerable people who are not able to make their own decisions. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is an addition to that act, which came into force in April 2009. You can find more information from the frequently asked questions below.
Mental health - frequently asked questions
The mental capacity act - frequently asked questions
The mental capacity act and professionals - frequently asked questions