Mental HealthTake a small step and make a huge difference.
Many people with mental health difficulties can wait years before seeking support. Every day you live with a condition that is treatable, no matter what stage it’s at, is a day you haven’t lived to its fullest. You can change this.
It’s never too late or too early to seek support from people who have the knowledge and skills that can empower you to enjoy life again. You are not alone, we are here to support you every step of the way.
First step to recovery
There are many reasons people wait before reaching out for support. Getting clarity and awareness can help with this and start you on your way to recovery.
You may be experiencing things you don’t realise are symptoms — sleeplessness, lack of concentration or feeling sad for no apparent reason. It may seem insignificant now, but they can have an affect your life over a longer period of time if left untreated.
You may think that how you feel isn’t bad enough, that you’re exaggerating or making a fuss over nothing. It’s OK to take action at first signs. Simply talking about it out loud to someone can often clarify and give perspective on things.
Being able to afford treatment is often a concern, but we believe everyone is entitled to mental wellness support and there is always a way. Your GP along with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services can identify a treatment plan that’s best for you.
Identifying the right person to talk to, who also understands, can be daunting. Your GP will know and understand your physical and mental health history, so this is the first person we recommend you talk to.
Empowering yourself to get the most out of life is a healthy and assertive step. If you take action to address difficulties you are experiencing, this is positive. It’s a personal journey and only the people you choose need be involved.
Your support team
Talking things through with your GP or one of the nurses on our support and information line is the first step to your recovery. Your GP can provide you with a referral letter that will give you access to a free mental health assessment over the telephone (or via audio visual technology), by a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. A range of communications technologies including telephone and audio visual technologies such as ‘Skype’ or ‘face time’ will be used to provide the assessment. The choice of communication with the Referral and Assessment service will be based on the preference of the service user.
This will allow for more prompt and efficient Mental Health assessments and onward referral to the most appropriate service.
Service users can access this assessment from their own home, without the need to travel to a clinic. If you have any queries, please contact the Referral & Assessment Service on (01) 2493 635 or you can contact our switchboard out of hours (01) 2493 200.
Your tailored path to recovery
Following your prompt assessment of mental health needs by a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, via telephone or audio-visual technologies, recommendations will be made regarding the most appropriate treatment options and available services.
We will also send your GP a copy of your assessment ensuring you are supported by people who you can trust and who understand your condition, your concerns and your recovery plan.
Your treatment plan may be designed to access St Patrick’s Mental Health Services — including our nationwide network of Dean Clinics, St Patricks University Hospital and St Edmundsbury Wellness & Recovery Centre. Alternatively it may recommend community based programmes or local support groups.
In addition, your GP will be sent a copy of your assessment so you are now fully supported by people you can trust who understand your condition and your concerns.
Taking the first step is possible
Everyone is entitled to good mental health, taking that first step to recovery can be hard, but we want to help you, and we know we can. Don’t be afraid to talk to us or your GP about any worries or symptoms you may have. We’ll assess symptoms, whether they’re small and early stage or more advanced, as a valid reason to take the first step on a path to empower recovery.
Different types of mental health difficulties
Having access to the facts that will help you understand your mental health, can play a key part in your road to recovery. On our website, we have up-to-date information on a range of mental health difficulties.