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Mental health services

Information about mental ill health and services.

If you are in crisis including having thoughts of suicide, please contact your GP immediately. If you wish to speak to someone right now, please call:

  • The Samaritans 116 123 (free)
  • Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 (free)
    6pm - 2am Mon - Thu
    6pm - 6am Fri - Mon

What is mental ill health?

Mental health affects the way you think feel and behave. Good mental health helps you enjoy life and cope with problems.

Mental health difficulties will affect about 1 in 4 of us at some time in our lives. Three quarters of us know someone with a mental health problem.

Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long term conditions. The most commonly experienced mental health problems are:

  • Depression.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Severe stress.
  • Anxiety disorder.

Mental health problems last for varying periods of time depending on the individual and the support they have around them. About two thirds of people with long term mental health problems will recover.

People in the highest and lowest income groups are more likely to have experienced mental ill-health than people in middle income groups. People in rural areas are more likely than people in urban areas to experience mental ill-health.

There are risk factors which can increase the likelihood of mental health problems, including negative life events, social isolation and exclusion, deprivation and inequality.

There are also things that people can experience which protect their mental health, including:

  • Having social support/networks/people to talk to.
  • Having opportunities for activities which enhance well-being such as creative, physical or spiritual activities.
  • Financial security.
  • Being more in control of life events and their impact.
  • Feeling safe.

If you are worried about your mental health you should contact your GP, particularly if you are feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts. He/she will be able to direct you to the appropriate treatment/service.

Some advice on actions you can take to improve your mental health as part of your general well being can be found at:

Wise Connections helps people aged 65 and over and their carers who are feeling anxious, down or depressed.

Contact them on 0141 451 0590 or see the pdf icon Leaflet [158kb].

What support can be offered to people with a mental health problem?

Where do I go if there is a problem?

The first stop should be your GP. He/She will know your medical history and will be able to direct you to the right treatment.

Your GP will try and find out what is wrong with you and may be able to help you himself/herself, may refer you to a local organisation or service that can offer practical support or may decide that you need more specialist help.

What support is available?


If you and your GP agree that medication might be of benefit, then he/she will prescribe medication that will help.

Specialist support

More severe mental health difficulties require specialist care and you may be referred to the Community Mental Health Team and be seen by the Psychiatrist and other members of the team such as a Community Psychiatric Nurse, Mental Health Officer, Clinical Psychologist or Occupational Therapist. The Community Mental Health Team can see you at Barrhead Health and Care Centre, Eastwood Health and Care Centre in Clarkston or at home if necessary.

Some people may need to be admitted to hospital for a period of treatment. Most people will be admitted to Leverndale Hospital, however sometimes due to availability, you may need to be admitted to another hospital for a short period of time.

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