Advice on Mental Health Issues
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If you are in mental distress, it is imperative that you see your GP as soon as possible. He or she can refer you to a psychiatrist and/or therapist or, if appropriate, prescribe medication. If you are already seeing a mental health professional, any relapse or increase in symptoms should be reported to that person as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis such as an acute psychotic episode or strong suicidal thinking, you should contact your GP, out-of-hours doctor or the emergency services straight away. At the very least, have a look at this page and/or contact a crisis hotline or email service. Please see this page for a list of international hotlines and crisis support email groups.
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