Mental health services

Most people will be affected by mental ill health at some point in their lives, whether it is through personal experience, or that of a family member or friend; it can affect the lives of anyone regardless of wealth, colour, class, or gender.

The NHS in Nottingham works for people with mental health issues to commission (buy) services, ensuring they get the right help and support. We work with people who have experienced mental health issues, social care providers and voluntary services.

A person’s whole life can be affected by a mental health condition. We commission services for children, adults and older people. These services offer support from initial diagnosis to treatment in hospital (if it is needed), with the aim of helping people to get back on their feet.

Frequently occurring illnesses including anxiety and depression are treated by services such as psychological (talking) therapies - accessed through your GP practice or via self referral direct to the providers. If you are registered with a Nottingham City GP you can choose when and where to receive your talking therapies. The service is free on the NHS, even if it is delivered by a private provider. We are extending the number of providers that you can choose from and talking therapies are now provided by Let’s Talk WellbeingInsight HealthcareTrent PTS and Turning Point. These services offer assessments and a range of evidence-based treatments with qualified therapists.

Click here to find out more about what talking therapies are and how to access them.

Less frequently occurring conditions such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder are treated by services provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

We also commission a range of primary care mental health and wellbeing services to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities across Nottingham City. These services include:

  • Wellness in Mind - information, advice and support for anyone in Nottingham experiencing issues with their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Primary Health and Wellbeing College (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) - a range of recovery-focused educational courses aimed at supporting people in recognising their potential, through self-management, to deal with the emotional health challenges they experience and to achieve the things they want to in life.
  • Healthy Working Futures - help for people struggling to remain in work or are having difficulties getting back into work due to a physical or mental health condition.
  • Your Voice, Your Choice - an issue-based advocacy service for mental health service users offering impartial help and guidance.
  • STEPS - promotes mental health awareness and wellbeing among Nottingham City’s black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities through outreach workers and peer supporters. Group and 1-to-1 support also available.
  • Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Service – provides specialist support to people who have experienced any form of sexual violence, whether recently or in the past. 


    Open Door Project – Offer a range of recovery based and social activities including coping skills courses, discussion groups, cookery groups, walking, art, reading and relaxation etc.
  • Reading Well – a national scheme based on evidence that shows self-help reading can support people with common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, sometimes on its own or with other forms of treatment.