Emotional problems are common and for one in five of us, they can be severe enough to justify seeking professional advice. If you or someone close to you has emotional problems and mental health issues, there are a number of health professionals who can help: your GP, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a psychotherapist or counsellor.
When you have an emotional or mental health problem your GP is a great place to start. GPs often work in partnership with mental health professionals. They can assess your overall health to make sure there are no physical reasons contributing to your emotional problems. They can also prepare a mental health plan, refer you to the right person and prescribe appropriate medicines if required.