For many young people who are having difficulty with their mental health, the first professional you might want to speak to is your doctor. All doctors will have had training in mental health, though some might have more experience than others.
It’s important to talk to your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing, in some cases these might relate to other physical health problems and it’s important to get a proper check up.
Some services need a referral from your doctor so that you can access them. Your doctor may be aware of services available in your area and can recommend ones to you, but if you’re aware of ones you think it would help to access you can suggest to your doctor that they make that referral for you.How to connect with this service → Changes to our service due to Coronavirus →
hours: Varies by different practices
website: Find a local GP
with: Abuse / Sexual Violence Addiction Anger Anxiety Bullying Depression Eating problems Grief Hearing Voices/Seeing Things Loneliness Regret Relationships Self Harm Sexuality/Gender Issues Stress Tired all the time
Age range: All Ages
Time: Varies by different practices
Do I need my parents permission if I'm under 18?: yes
How do I connect with my local GP?
Usually it’s a case of phoning to book an appointment, or if you’re under 18 by asking your parent or guardian to make an appointment for you.
You’ll often be seen by your GP in a few days, though there are often busy times so you might be waiting a little longer. Many GP practices also offer a walk-in service.
If your family doesn’t have a GP, or if you are looking to find a new GP, a full list of GPs in your local area can be found on the HSE website.
How have GP services changed due to Coronavirus?
Most GPs are now doing their appointments by phone, unless there is a particular reason that they have to see you in person. It’s advised to call your GP’s office and they will give you more information on how they work at the moment.