Mental health services

If you're concerned about your mental health, or the mental health of a family member or friend, you can ask for help from the Mental Health Service. You can refer yourself or ask your GP.

You may then be referred onto a mental health team for support, as detailed below. 

Intensive home based treatment team

The intensive home base treatment team can offer you an alternative to hospital admission if you're experiencing an acute mental health episode or crisis. They'll provide you, and your carer, where appropriate, with a round the clock service until the crisis is resolved, and will then make arrangements to refer you to longer-term support and/or treatment agencies.

The team is based at the Oakwell Centre, Kendray Hospital. You can't refer yourself - you would usually be referred by your GP, or another health or social care professional.

Community mental health teams

There are four teams in Barnsley that care for adults over 16 years of age who are experiencing acute or long term mental health problems.

The teams include community psychiatric nurses (sometimes referred to as CPNs), social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, support workers, counsellors, cognitive analytical therapists, psychotherapists and cognitive behavioural psychotherapists.

The teams are organised by GP and area and are open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. There is a single point of access for new referrals on (01226) 645000.

If we accept your referral, we'll send you an appointment to come for an initial screening to determine the kind of support that you need.If you're referred to a community mental health team by a professional, you'll need to be aware of and agreeable to it or we won't accept the referral.

Assertive outreach team

This service offers support to people who may be vulnerable or at risk because they find it hard to accept help.

If you ask for help from the team, they'll work with you and other services, to improve your living conditions and quality of life. 

The service is available every day from 8am to 8pm during the week and 9am to 5pm at weekends.

You'll be referred to the services by a community mental health team, if your condition has relapsed, or you're struggling to manage your day-to-day affairs. 

Local support services

  • The Recovery College, also known as 'The Exchange' on Gawber Road, Barnsley offers a variety of informal courses that are run in small groups and are open to anyone.  
  • Making Space is an independent organisation that supports carers and families of people with a mental health problem.
  • MIND is a national charity for people with mental health problems with a branch in Barnsley.  They offer counselling, support groups and help to get back into work.
  • Together for Mental Wellbeing is an independent organisation offering services including support groups, drop-ins and individual counselling. They can sometimes provide a regular support worker, to help people to socialise and manage daily affairs. 
  • Creative Recovery is an arts based charity offering creative activities to support mental well-being.