The first point of contact for anybody who is concerned about their health is their own GP. The majority of people who use our services are referred to us by their GP.
Many of our services are classed as ‘secondary care’ which means people have been referred to us from primary care (that is the first point of contact you have with the NHS when you have a health problem).
Many people’s health problems can be treated by their GP or at a primary care level, but secondary care services help those people with more severe health problems or those who need more in-depth support.
Some of our services offer self-referral and these include:
- Sheffield Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service – offers free psychological support for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety or stress. IAPT offers a wide range of support including courses, online support, employment advice and one to one therapy. You can find out more about the service and how to access support here.
- Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team (START) – offers support and treatment with substance misuse problems including alcohol, opiates (eg, heroin, morphine, methadone) and non-opiates (all drugs other than opiate based drugs). The service run a Juice Clinic for people experiencing problems with steroid use and a SPICE clinic for people experiencing problems with Novel Psychoactive Substances (or what were formerly known as ‘legal highs’). You can self-refer to any of their services by telephone or by dropping in during opening hours. START also provide advice and support to family and friends of those with substance misuse problems.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, click here for information on help and support.