Please note: The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland cannot provide referrals or recommendations to a psychiatrist.
A GP is usually the first person to help with concerns about a person’s mental health such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, memory problems or dementia. For many mental health problems it is not necessary to see a psychiatrist as a GP will be able to treat them and/or may refer a person to other members of a mental health team, such as a clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, psychotherapist or specialist counsellor.
If a psychiatric referral is required, a GP will either refer you to the local public psychiatrist for your area or may suggest a private psychiatrist if available. In emergency situations, access to mental health services through a local HSE mental health unit may be possible in the absence of a GP.