Why can’t I just book an appointment to see my GP?

Why can’t I just book an appointment to see my GP? This and its related question, “Why can’t I see a GP”, are clearly at the forefront of all of our minds at present and are often in the Press. We’d like to help address these valid questions by sharing some information and insights into

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Mental Health Information

With 1 in 4 adults experiencing a mental health problem in any given year it is important to know where to turn if you find yourself, or someone you know struggling to cope with their mental health.

For more information on mental health conditions, self-help and NHS mental health services visit: www.nhs.uk/mental-health/

Organisation’s Offering Support

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, visit A&E immediately or call 999.

Steps 2 Wellbeing 

Steps 2 Wellbeing is an NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) mental health service for adults living in Dorset and Southampton. It provides a range of low and high-intensity treatments for common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, and PTSD. The service also offers support for people living with long-term health conditions. 

Patients can refer themselves to the service via their website or they can be referred through their GP or other health care provider.

Web: www.steps2wellbeing.co.uk

Dorset Mental Health Forum 

The Dorset Mental Health Forum is a local peer-led charity. They exist to improve the lives of everyone affected by mental illness by promoting wellbeing and recovery. Established in 1992, they employ people with lived experience of mental health problems whenever possible.

Dorset Mind 

At Dorset Mind we aim to create a communitywhere living with and talking about mental health becomes acceptable for everyone. We campaign for change and offer support services for adults and young people, both in group settings and one-to-one.

The Foundation for Positive Mental Health 

The Foundation for Positive Mental Health are a charity dedicated to promoting skills training for positive mental health, to enhance everyday wellbeing, increase resilience to, and recovery from, mental health difficulties.

Web: www.foundationforpositivementalhealth.com


NeuroLove believe that young people are best placed to guide, support, and empower their peers on issues relating to mental health and wellbeing. Neurolove.org is a site set up to support young people manage the changing times we are currently living in.

Mental Health Foundation

Prevention is at the heart of what the Mental Health Foundation do. Their vision is good mental health for all. Their mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.

Web: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Doc Ready

It can be very difficult to talk to people when you’re having problems with your mental health. Doc Ready helps you prepare for the first time you visit a Doctor to discuss your mental health.


Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through a network of local groups and services, expert information, and successful campaigning. Their goal is to make sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.


Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.


SANE is a leading UK mental health charity. They work to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.

Combat Stress 

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For a century, they’ve helped former servicemen and women with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Young Minds

Young Minds is leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever their challenges.


Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) gives advice and support for young people who feel like they want to take their own life, and all their advice is confidential.

Outdoor Tennis for Mental Wellbeing