The municipality in which you live will offer a wide variety of treatments and support for people who are experiencing mental health problems. Here are some of the services that are available to you:
The Family's House
The Family's House ("Familiens hus") are multidisciplinary centres which are available in about half of the municipalities. At these centres, children, young people and their families can get help to look after their mental and physical wellbeing, without first having to be referred or put on a waiting list. Please contact your municipality.
Healthy Life Centres
Over half of municipalities and districts in Norway have a Healthy Life Centre ("frisklivssentral"), where you can get help to change your lifestyle or cope with various ailments and diseases. Some of them can also help you to cope with depression and stress, sleeping difficulties and alcohol use. Contact your municipality or one of the Healthy Life Centres.
Psychologists in municipalities
The health and care services of many municipalities employ psychologists, who offer short-term therapy for mild or moderate mental health problems and disorders. This service is free. Contact your municipality or GP.
Most municipalities offer outreach services or multi-disciplinary treatment and support teams, which help people with mental health and drug problems in different areas of life. You can access these services where you live or in your community. Contact your municipality.
Urgent mental healthcare
Urgent mental healthcare ("Rask psykisk helsehjelp", website in Norwegian) is a municipal low-threshold service offered to adults over 18 years of age (over 16 in some municipalities) suffering from various types of anxiety and mild and moderate problems with depression – possibly with sleeping difficulties accompanied by incipient drug problems.
The service is free and offers direct support without referral from a doctor. The goal is to offer you help within one to two weeks to ensure that your problems do not become established. The service is available or being introduced across a total of 45 municipalities/districts.