Here GPs are the first port of call for any kind of health related problem whether it’s mental or physical. GPs can prescribe medication to you and refer you to specialist teams that can provide you with more help, whether it’s a mental health team, or something like cardiology, neurology etc who are based at a hospital.
There are two main mental health teams here - CAMHS (for under 18s) and CMHT (for over 18s) . So for example, when I first started having problems when I was 15, I got referred to CAMHS. This year I got referred to the CMHT as I am 18. I had a crisis a week before I turned 18 and CAMHS refused to see me as they have long waiting lists so there would have been no point. So I started seeing the CMHT shortly after I turned 18.
The CMHT have more specialist teams. The only ones I am aware of are the eating disorder services and the early intervention for psychosis (EIP). My mental health nurse from the CMHT referred me to the EIP because some of the things I was telling him made him think I have psychosis. But now the EIP don’t think I have psychosis but I still have appointments with them for a while. I think they are tricking me into thinking I am getting better just because I did well in my GCSEs and A-levels and have plans to do a scientific degree at university in the future.
I know that all might sound complicated - it is. Perhaps @JH85 could explain it better.