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Clinical Psychology and Counselling

Mental Health Support Numbers

The Gibraltar Health Authority would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the general public, who require advice and support on any mental health issues, that they can do so by either, requesting referral by their general practitioner, or by contacting one of the following numbers:

Community Mental Health Team at Coaling island, between the hours of 8am to 5pm, for advice and support. Tel: 20042307/20041659;

Mental Welfare Office at the Primary Care Centre, between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm for advice and support. Tel: 20007831;

For any Emergencies after 5pm on weekdays, and at any time in the day on weekends and public holidays, please contact our on-call team composed of a Mental Welfare Officer, Consultant Psychiatrist, qualified nurse and nurse manager on Tel: 20007831.

Alternatively, Clubhouse Gibraltar is open Mondays to Fridays and can be contacted on Tel 20068423 or by email at [email protected]

GibSams charity helpline is open Mondays to Fridays from 4:00 pm to midnight and 7:00pm until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.  GibSams can be reached on Tel: 116123.

The Gibraltar Mental Welfare Society can also be contacted regarding any concerns about a mental health related issue and their e-mail addresses are [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

In the event of a person experiencing a mental health crisis, they can call the above numbers and/or present to the Accident & Emergency Department at St Bernard’s Hospital, where they will be triaged and assessed by the relevant clinicians.

The current contribution of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Counselling to the GHA Mental Health Service includes counselling in Primary Care for patients referred by General Practitioners, and a wide variety of psychological interventions for people referred from the Community Mental Health Team, Ocean Views Facility, GHA secondary care and external agencies including Social Services and the Department of Education.

The department currently has a psychotherapist working mainly in the Primary Care Centre, a counselling psychologist with a special interest and expertise in psychological interventions for children and families.

There are also two clinical psychologists who work mainly with patients from Ocean Views Facility, the Community Mental Health Team and patients referred from secondary care. All members of staff employed in the department are qualified or working towards qualification at least to a Masters level in psychotherapy or clinical psychology. The post of assistant psychologist was established in 2010, with the aim of providing an opportunity for students with a good honours degree in psychology to gain experience in the field of clinical psychology prior to application to Doctorate training courses in the UK. Additionally we have one counsellor who has an honorary contract and works one session per week on a voluntary basis.

The department’s involvement in Secondary Care services continues to increase. Specifically,staff members from the department now participate in the Diabetes Review Clinics and offer psychological support to patients newly diagnosed with this condition. They also contribute to the Palliative Care Link Group and the Motor Neuron Disease and Bariatric Surgery Multidisciplinary Teams.