Mental Health

Halton IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

Psychological treatments (talking treatments) provided to help people who are stressed, feeling low in mood (depressed) or very nervous (anxiety).  Halton IAPT Team can help you:

  • Manage and recover from mild to moderate anxiety and depression
  • Understand and change currently unhelpful actions and patterns of thinking
  • Avoid long-term mental health problems

Online Referral for non-urgent service or Tel: 0151 292 6954

Halton Assessment Team

Available 24 hours/7 days a week for new referrals for people not supported by mental health services in hospital or a clinic.

  • Telephone triage or face-to-face assessment to signpost to a service
  • We aim to assess, plan and care for the person within 12 weeks
  • If intervention provided by in our service this can go up to 16 weeks
  • Halton emergency cases covering 8pm to 8am
  • Referrals accepted primarily from GPs, if the person is in a crisis/ emergency then self-referral can be made
  • Referrals from any professional accepted although ask that treatment pathway begins with the persons’ GP
  • Tel: 0151 422 6804
Halton Home Treatment Team
  • Available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week
  • Alternative to hospital admission
  • Only take cases requiring intensive support, have significantly high risks and need a lot of care to ensure they remain out of hospital (i.e. potentially visiting 1-4 times every day).
  • Referrals from a hospital or clinic mental health service only
  • Referrals from GP’s or self-referrals not accepted (unless under a hospital or clinic mental health service and it is out of hours)
  • Tel: 01928 753981
Halton Recovery Team
  • Available 9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday for cases that need care co-ordination and longer-term support – those with a diagnosis of a severe and enduring mental illness (i.e. Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, Severe/Recurrent Depression, etc.)
  • Shared-care caseload service for people prescribed certain medications that the GP cannot prescribe alone and require a Psychiatrist review every 6-12 months but do not require any other support from mental health services
  • Referrals accepted from hospital or clinic mental health service for people requiring more intensive psychological therapy – complex symptoms and higher risks
  • People with less complex symptoms and considered as high risk which require psychological therapy e.g. depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will go to Halton IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) for therapy 
  • Referrals by GP’s, professionals or self-referrals must go through the Halton Assessment Team
  • Tel:  01928 753968

All agencies share a responsibility to provide emotional health and wellbeing information, advice, support and treatment proactively to the children, young people and their families living in Halton.

Halton THRIVE offer seeks to enhance awareness of the full range of mental health promoting practices and to facilitate a multi-agency approach to their use.

 Halton Thrive Service Offer

Mental Health Video


Childline support and help for your mental health

Health Talk – young people’s experiences

Mind for better mental health

MindEd for Parents and Carers – Safe and reliable advice about young people’s mental health, created by experts and parents together

MindEd for Professionals – to get the best out of this website you’ll need to create a FREE learning account to access training, e-learning and resources

NHS Choices – Young People and Mental Health advice and help for young people on mental health problems e.g. depression, anxiety and stress

Samaritans – safe place to talk, get help and advice

Sane is a leading UK mental health charity, helping to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness

Young Minds support for young people