General Article Talking to your GP about your mental health

Topic Selected: Mental Health Book Volume: 415

If you’ve noticed changes to how you think and feel that are concerning you, talk to your GP about them. There might be an obvious cause for your feelings – like a bereavement or work stress – or you might not know why you feel the way you do. It’s ok to seek help either way.

Many of us find it hard to find the words to talk about how we’re feeling. But you don’t have to put off making an appointment until you’re at crisis point. Being prepared can make your appointment feel a little easier. The sooner you go, the sooner you can start to feel better.

Getting the most out of your appointment

Being prepared can help you get the most out of your appointment.

  • If you have a few things to talk about, ask for a longer appointment when you book it in. You can book a 20 minute appointment rather than the usual ten minutes if you need it.
  • Ask if you want a specific GP: for example, a male or female GP, or one that speaks your first language.
  • Ask a friend or relative to come with you for supp...

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