Mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas

Talking to your doctor about your mental health might not seem easy. We’re all used to talking about our physical health, but mental health seems to be a trickier subject. 

However, you don’t need to worry. Your doctor will be used to speaking to patients about their mental health. This is why you should ideally feel comfortable speaking to your doctor. 

You can also talk to us if you wish. 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 Doctor’s Appointment 

To get the most from your doctor’s appointment we recommend that you:

  • Ask for a double appointment if you don’t think a 10 minute appointment will be long enough
  • Make a note of everything you want to tell the doctor
  • Consider taking someone you trust so they can support you

During Your Doctor’s Appointment 

During your appointment, your doctor might ask you about:

  • Your emotional and physical symptoms 
  • What the underlying cause(s) might be 
  • If anything triggers your feelings and what the triggers are 
  • How you and your family are affected 
  • Your alcohol and drug use
  • Your medical history and your family’s medical history regarding mental health
  • Any plans that you have to self-harm

Your doctor might also ask you to fill in a questionnaire. This is so that they can help to keep track of your condition. 

It’s likely that the results of the questionnaire will help your doctor make a diagnosis. This allows them to offer you help with mental health.

Treatment

Your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. These options such as accessing mental health services can help you to manage your symptoms.

Your doctor might also give you details about the Selby mental health or York team. In addition to this, you may be offered a treatment plan which could involve you taking medication.

Don’t worry, your doctor will explain how the medication can help.

If they think you need to make any changes to your lifestyle, such as reducing your alcohol intake, your doctor will speak with you about it. 

It’s likely that you will be encouraged to make a follow-up appointment. This appointment will help your doctor to assess you and ensure you’re receiving the care you need.  

Your doctor can help you to feel better. They can help you to get the support you need. This is why it’s important you ask for help. 

 

Why not call us? 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.

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