Mental Health


Mental health issues affect us all in terms of adjustment to stressful life events and in supportive roles and relationships as parents, partners, employers, friends and families.  One in four people will experience mental health problems at some time in their life and stress can be a normal part of life. However excessive pressures or demands at work, at home or at school, together with feelings of being unable to cope can lead to unhealthy levels of stress. Stress and worry can affect us in several ways, affecting how we feel, how we think and behave. Physical symptoms may include exhaustion, loss of/increased appetite, headaches, crying, sleeplessness, and oversleeping.

You should always ask for advice from your GP if you are worried and feel you cannot cope alone.

Your doctor may be the first person you talk to about your mental health problems. If you have a good relationship with your doctor, you may find that it is helpful just to know there is someone you can talk to about the feelings you are having. Your GP will probably prescribe anti-depressants or sleeping tablets, or may refer you to more specialist services, if he/she feels these will help you.


Our brief intervention service is free under the PHO for individuals who think they may need some help to become emotionally well.  Your Doctor can refer you to our counsellor for this.  The sessions are held here at the medical centre.

The Primary Mental Health Service will provide short term brief interventions and treatment, to people referred by their General Practice, with a diagnosed mild to moderate mental health illness/episode.

This may involve:

  • Assessment of your current situation
  • Education and information around healthy lifestyles, mental illness and medication
  • Provide information, advice, treatment and support around mental health wellbeing
  • Referral to community agencies as appropriate


FMHS provide a screening assessment which identifies the individuals mental health needs and where these needs can be met.  They aim to match the needs of the individual with the right level of service intervention which may include recommending other services.  They provide interventions which are evidence and practice based.

You may wish to refer yourself or your child. Referers are frequently GP’s, Hospital Departments, Schools, Public Health Nurses, Youth Aid, CYFS. 

Once your referral is received they will contact you and your referer within approximately two weeks. You are welcome to have a support person accompany you to your appointments.


For further information if you think you or someone you know is depressed:

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