If you have decided to speak to your doctor about your mental health you could be feeling anxious. While most of us are used to talking about our physical health, we might not be used to talking about our mental health. The good news is that your doctor is used to speaking to people about their mental health. Knowing this can make you feel more comfortable.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. 

Before Your Appointment 

In order to get the most from your appointment we would like you to consider doing the following:

  • Asking for a double appointment if you think that 10 minutes won’t be enough
  • Writing down everything that you want to tell your doctor
  • Think about taking someone to the appointment with you so they can offer you support

 

If you’re not ready to speak to a doctor consider speaking to someone who works for mental health services in Selby. 

During Your Appointment 

Your doctor could ask you about:

  • Your symptoms (Both physical and emotional)
  • If you think there may be any underlying causes to the way you’re feeling 
  • What triggers your feelings, if anything 
  • How you are affected by your mental health concerns
  • How your family/friends are affected 
  • Your history of alcohol/drug use
  • Your medical history
  • Your family’s mental health history
  • Any active plans that you may have to self-harm
  • Whether you have received any support from mental health services.

The doctor might ask you to keep a note of how you are feeling. This will enable them to keep an eye on you, ensuring they can offer you the right kind of treatment.

Your Treatment Options

The doctor might discuss some treatment options with you. These options can help you to manage some or all of your symptoms. 

You might also be given details about your local mental health team. You could also be offered a treatment plan. This plan could involve taking medication or talking to a therapist. 

Do not worry, your doctor will tell you how the medication and/or talking to a therapist can help. They might also suggest that you make some changes to your lifestyle if they think it is a factor. 

It’s also likely that you will be asked to make another appointment. This is so your doctor can continue to assess you and your needs. 

Your doctor can help you to feel better and get your life back on track. This is why it is so important that you ask for help. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk