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Community Mental Health Team

We help older people experiencing mental health problems. We can assess your condition and provide you with care and support that’s tailored to your individual needs. We want to help you live as independently as possible.  

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Who uses this service?

We support any older person living in Hampshire (normally aged 65 or over) who is experiencing mental health problems. This might be due to:

  • Organic mental illness – this type of illness is usually caused by disease affecting the brain. Dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease is an example of organic illnesses.

  • Functional mental illness - this type of illness has a predominantly psychological cause. It may include conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, mood disorders or anxiety.

Get access to this service

Contact your GP to request a referral to this service. Your GP will talk to you about your options and will make a referral to our service if they feel it will meet your needs. 

When you’ve been referred to us, we will carry out a specialist assessment which is designed to find out what care and support you need. We may also make an initial diagnosis of your condition during this assessment.

How we can help

Our teams work in the local community – this might include visits to your home, or at a local clinic.

We tailor our care according to your individual needs. Some of the ways we may be able to help include:

  • Assessing and diagnosing your condition

  • Providing medical care

  • Psychological (talking) therapies

  • Group and 1:1 therapy sessions

  • Occupational therapy 

  • Providing support and information for carers

  • Inpatient services (for 24 hour care)

We can also referrals to other teams, such as our specialist memory services.

Find your nearest Community Mental Health Team