When should I seek mental health support?
Be assured, it is normal to experience some negative thoughts, feelings and emotions whilst injured or in pain; our Injury and Pain Psychology Coaching can help you with these.
When to Seek Mental Health Support
If you are experiencing mental health concerns such as the examples listed below, you should first go to your GP or a registered mental health profession for support (see ‘How to Find Mental Health Support and What Will Happen’ below). This is because mental health concerns such as these are known to reduce the effectiveness of our support methods.
We can however help you with Injury and Pain Psychology Coaching when you have seen your GP or mental health professional and:
- They do not consider you to have a concern that requires their support.
- You have started receiving support from them and can confirm that they have agreed that we can support you with injury or pain-specific psychology coaching. If it helps, we can also alongside your GP/Mental Health Professional to best ensure that our services are complementary. Please see this link for our Service Explanation letter to show your GP/Mental Health Professional.
Mental Health Concern Examples: You should first seek support from your GP or a mental health professional if you are experiencing any of these, or similar:
- Feel unhappy, sad, or irritable most of the time.
- Feel worried, nervous, overwhelmed, and/or anxious most of the time.
- Have emotional struggles that are interfering with your ability to function at work, at college/Uni, at home, or in relationships.
- Have thoughts of harming yourself and/or others. If so, please see and act upon ‘Urgent Support for Your Mental Health’ below.
- Struggle with substance abuse or other addictions.
- Have had or are having a significant life change or loss, e.g., the illness or death of a loved one or the loss of a significant relationship.
- Have an eating disorder and/or struggle with body image.
- Have experienced abuse or trauma at any time in your life and are struggling with how that affects you now.
- Have difficulty with your sexual orientation.
Please note that if during coaching we are concerned about your mental health, we will refer or signpost you to mental health support and continue with coaching once supported has started as outlined above.
How to Find Mental Health Support and What Will Happen
- Your GP. They will offer you advice based on your situation and might refer you to your local NHS Psychological Therapies Service (IAPS).
- Your local IAPS. You can also self-refer to a IAPS: This link will help you find your local service and give more information of the mental health concerns they support.
- A British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Clinical Psychologist. This link to the BPS Society Register will help you find one.
Do You Need Urgent Help For Your Mental Health?
Get immediate advice and assessment. This link gives information of NHS and
some NHS-approved services that are available to help you.
CALL 999 or GO TO A&E, if you feel that yours or someone’s life is at risk
or you cannot keep yourself or someone else safe.