Understanding the help system

For people with mental health problems, there are series of different help and treatment offers. However, sometimes it is not easy to navigate your way through them.

For children, adolescents and young adults up to the age of 21 years* who have mental health problems, for their parents and for other attachment persons, there are different help and treatment offers to those for adults.

Under Crisis support, you will find contact centres in Hamburg for situations in which quick help is necessary. Further contact partners for longer-term support in your area can be found under Finding therapy.

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Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz (BGV) (Hrsg.) (2011). Therapieführer - Verzeichnis diagnostischer, therapeutischer und rehabilitativer Angebote in Hamburg (17. wiederholt überarbeitete Auflage). Hamburg: Behörde für Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz (BGV).

Written by:

Nina Weymann (Psychological psychotherapist), Dr. Lisa Tlach (Psychologist), Dr. Jörg Dirmaier (Psychological psychotherapist), Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Härter (Physician and psychological psychotherapist)

Date of creation: 10.08.2011
Date of last editing of content: 10.06.2015
Date of next editing of content: currently under revision