This section gives information about talking therapies. It explains the different kinds of therapies available and how to get them. It also explains how you can get treatment on the NHS and privately. You might find this useful if you’re thinking about getting talking therapy. Or if you care for someone who is getting talking therapy.
Social Care Care and support planning
If you are entitled to social care, you can plan what care and support you will get from your local authority (LA). This is called care and support planning. This section explains how you can plan your care, who is involved and when you have to pay for services. This section is for anyone with a mental illness that is entitled to social care from their LA. If you care for someone with mental illness, you may also find this information helpful.
Social Care Assessment Under the Care Act 2014
If you have a mental illness you may need support from social services. This section explains who is eligible for social care support and how you can get an assessment from your local authority. Your local authority has to follow The Care Act 2014. This section is for anyone with a mental illness that would like support from their local authority. If you care for someone with mental illness who needs social care support you may find this information helpful too.
Care home fees - who pays?
If you need residential care in a care home your local authority may ask you to pay towards the cost. This section looks at local authority rules on charging for residential accommodation. This section is an overview because the rules are complicated. This section is for people with mental illnesses and their carers.
This section looks at what it means to recover from a mental illness. Recovery means different things to different people. We focus on personal recovery and suggest different ways that you can help your own recovery. Also, we know that often people need support to recover. We hope that this information will help you to work out what recovery means to you, and help you find ways in which you can focus on your recovery. If your loved one has a mental illness, you may find this section helpful too.
100 Ways to Support Recovery
100 Ways to Support Recovery is a free practical guide for mental health professionals to work in a recovery-oriented way. Since publication in 2009, the first edition has been updated with references to new knowledge on how you can support someone with a mental illness.
Staying well with bipolar
What’s the best way to stay well when you have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder? Our guide base on the personal experiences of 32 of our supporters can help you spot the early warning signs that you are become unwell, how to look after yourself and the treatment you might need.
Going into hospital
If you have a mental illness, most of your treatment will be outside hospital. Doctors call this treatment in the community. But you may need to go into hospital if you become unwell. This page has practical information about going into hospital. Each hospital is different, so we can only give an overview of what you can expect.
NHS Mental Health Teams (MHTs)
Mental health teams are part of the NHS. They support people living in the community who have complex or serious mental health problems. This page focuses on secondary mental health teams. What they can do to help you and how you can get referred to them. It also explains what to do if you have problems with your mental health team.