Mental health should not have to be a privilege, and everyone has a right to receive support and help when they need it most.
There are numerous mental health services available locally and nationally, but many people often wonder what the differences are between free and private mental health and addiction treatment.
An important starting point, when considering mental health services, is to ask yourself the following questions.
This will help you search for the right services – either free or private – for you:
- How urgently do I need care?
- Am I willing to pay for therapy? And if so, how much?
- Do I want a specialised therapist?
- Is a 12-step programme or self-help course enough to help me?
- How much do I value confidentiality and privacy?
- Do I want to choose therapy or have someone choose for me?
- How long do I want to be in therapy?
- Do I want a higher success rate for recovery?
By knowing the answers to these questions, along with a list of the services available, you will be able to narrow down your options.
What free services are available on the NHS?
1. Assessment and referral from your GP
One of the first steps to receiving three NHS mental health care, is by making an appointment with your GP for a diagnosis and referral.
Whereas this first stage may be relatively quick, there is a very long waiting list for referrals to residential rehab, funding and in-person therapy sessions. More about therapy options.
The local mental health services will depend on where you live, and which mental illness you are suffering from.
Some cities and urban areas such as London can have a waiting time of up to a year for in-person therapy.
So, if you need mental healthcare urgently then you must consider these waiting times.
2. Online Mental Health Programs
Struggling with mild depression or anxiety, a free online mental health programme might be suggested, rather than physical sessions with therapists.
The online mental health programme will include exercises, but you can complete in your own time as well as an email address for a mental health professional.
The online self-help course has little to no waiting time, however his only effective for those with very mild cases.
3. Helplines and Talking Therapies
The NHS offer helplines where an individual can talk through their problem confidentially over the phone.
There is 24-hour advice and support available, and you will speak with a healthcare professional. they will perform an assessment over the phone and decide on the best course of care for you.
Learn more about NHS talking therapies here.
4. Local mental health services
If you would like to browse NHS services near you, you can use the link below:
These services include GP surgeries, self-help groups, and therapists locally based to you.
However, be mindful that if you are based in a city, waiting times for these services might be longer.
5. Charities and self-help groups
There are many charities and organisations that offer support groups, helplines, and free online advice:
Charities for mental health:
Organisations such as AA and NA, offer support groups which use a 12-step programme to motivate individuals to maintain long term sobriety.
These support groups also currently available online, making them accessible to all.
What if I want private a mental health treatment?
While NHS services usually come with a waiting list, private admissions and services are immediate.
If you need urgent care, you will be able to see a registered therapist or be admitted into a residential facility within just 24 hours.
While the NH S comes with the appeal of being free, waiting months or even a year for your desired treatment can end up costing you.
Find the right treatment option for you today. Call us on 0808 1150 446.
Private treatment is immediate and cost-effective
Private mental health and addiction care will give you the access you need to the UK’s leading consultant psychiatrists, who are trained to diagnose and medicate specific mental health and complex co-occurring conditions.
Want private rehab, but not sure if you can afford it? There are many funding options. Take a look.
Private treatment programmes will allow you to choose and tailor the therapy you want, whereas the NHS services will give you the type of therapy they believe to be the best.
NHS therapies tend to be short-term and limited, unlike private therapy which is fully integrated and well-rounded.
A problem shared is a problem halved
If you are struggling with mental health problems, we are here for you; to tell you that there is so much support available, and recovery is possible.
Chat to us today on our 24/7 confidential helpline. Call 0808 1150 446.
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