NHS Community Mental Health Service (CMHT)
The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) assesses, treats and manages care needs and provides support for people experiencing serious mental health problems. The team help you to live as independently as possible in your community.
They are integrated teams of different health and social care professionals – Community Mental Health Nurses; Health Occupational Therapists; Psychiatrists; Psychologists and Social Workers. The teams bring together many different types of knowledge, skills and expertise. They look at you as a whole person so you get the care, treatment and support you need.
CMHT services may include:
Community Mental Health Nursing – supporting you to manage your health and providing treatment in the community
Occupational Therapy – working with you to overcome difficulties with day to day tasks that you need or want to do
Psychiatry – diagnosing mental health problems, prescribing medication and recommending treatment
Psychology – helping you understand how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviour
Social Work services – providing help at home or with your social needs, including help with housing problems, financial support or general advice and support
Your GP needs to refer you to this service. Contact your GP if you are experiencing a mental health problem. They will refer you to the local CMHT if appropriate.
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They are here in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and information. “It is our belief and hope that by empowering people they will have the resources to recover.” Visit their website for information on self help and many links to subjects of interest.
Tel: 0800 83 85 87
(24 hours at weekends, Fri–Mon 6pm–6am
and Mon–Thurs 6pm–2am)