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In Iceland, there are many rescourcses in relation to mental health issues. The following list is incompleteinexhaustive, but the focus was put on listing most of the rescourcses that individuals can look for themselves without a referral from a health care professional. Therefore, many rescourcses are not listed here as individuals need to be referred to receive them, such as psychiatric wards within hospitals. References to such rescourcses often come from health care, and more information about health care centres clinics can be found below.

Keep in mind that sometimes a therapist or therapy rescourcses are not suitable for the individual, but it is important not to give up but rather to continue looking elsewhere.

Where to look? Basic Information

  1. To someone you trust. The first step is usually to tell someone you trust, whether it is a friend, family member, school counsellor, psychologist or other professional.
  2. To your local health care clinic. The health care clinic is usually the first point of contact when people seek psychological help. The first step is to make an appointment with a physician who may initiate medication or refer your case to other professionals. At numerous health care clinis, there are psychologists that your doctor can refer to.
  3. To the psychologists' private offices. On the website of the Psychological Association of Iceland at www.sal.is there is a search engine that can be used to find psychologists based on location, language, specialisation and other factors.
  4. To private psychiatry offices. A number of psychiatrists provide medicative and conversational therapy in their private offices.
  5. To the emergency reception of a mental field at Landspíitali. There they have psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses who are specialised in the treatment of mental health problems. The emergency reception is open from 12:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 13:00 to 17:00 at weekends. The emergency reception mental department's phone number is 543-4050. In case of an emergency outside these hours, you can reach out to the emergency reception at Landspitali Fossvogur. Outside the capital area, there is one specialised psychiatric ward, in Akureyri. The psychiatric ward in the hospital of Akureyri has an emergency room and a day and outpatient department. The hospital's phone number is 463-0100. Also, the emergency number 112 may be called in emergencies.

Health care clinic

To get assistance with psychological problems at the clinic, you need to make an appointment with a doctor. Physicians learn a lot about psychological problems as part of their special education. A physician may prescribe psychotropic drugs if they deem it necessary, and physicians may refer cases to psychologists within the facility. In addition, physicians and psychologists in a health care clinic can make referrals to numerous parties and institutions such as psychiatrists, psychologists, hospital wards, VIRK rehabilitation, home nursing, mental health teams and more. The mental health services of the health care clinic vary and differs depending on which clinic is involved. Numerous clinics have working psychologists and offer psychological services for children, adolescents and in many cases adults. Some clinic offer HAM group courses (cognitive behavioural therapy) as well as additional resources. Those who do not have a good understanding of Icelandic or English are entitled to interpretation services.

Municipalities

Social services

The role of the social services is to ensure the financial and social security of the residents in the municipalities. Social service projects include general social counselling, financial assistance, housing, day care in homes, elderly matters, social home care, disability matters and children's and youth issues. Information about services must be sought separately in each municipality. The service is open to all residents.

Service centres

Local residents of municipalities can reach out to the service centre that belongs to the neighbourhood they live in. The service centres, or neighbourhood centres, provide citizens with various types of services, e.g. advice and general information on the activities of the municipality.

Community resources related to mental health

Geðhjálp - An association for the improved benefit of people with mental disorders and mental disabilities in the community

Among the services offered by Geðhjálp there is counselling for individuals free of charge, caring for their interests and information sharing. There are also several self-help groups operating in the premises of Geðhjálp, for example for, anxiety, psychosis and schizophrenia as well as a self-help group for Polish people, in Polish.

Hugarafl – Association of users of mental health services

A mental health organisation run by people with lived experience of mental health distress. We work together as equals towards real recovery, healing and empowerment.

Grófin - Mental protection centre in Akureyri

Grófin is a vision from a group of users of mental health services, family members and professionals. The centre offers group work and education for participants in Grófin and their families as well as working on preventive measures.

Bergið, a support and counselling centre for young people up to the age of 25

Offer low-threshold services with a focus on support, education and counselling. An environment for young people who want to get help from professionals and users with diverse experiences. Located on Suðurgata 10 in 101 Reykjavik.

Pieta association against suicide and self-harm.

Individuals can book an interview with a professional free of charge. The organisation welcomes people from the age of 18 with suicidal thoughts or self-harm. Relatives who have lost or have a loved one in trouble can attend support groups and receive counselling.

The Red Cross - Mental health resources

The Red Cross runs the help line 1717 and an online chat on 1717.is. You can contact them 24 hours a day, anonymously. You can receive psychological support, counselling, listening and information about the resourses available. The Red Cross operates the project of visiting friends, who provide companionship and counter social isolation.

The Red Cross runs Frú Ragnheiður in the capital area (Ungfrú Ragnheiður in Akureyri). Frú Ragnheiður's staff has a specially equipped car at their disposal where people with addictions can access clean syringes and clothing.

Bataskóli Íslands

Bataskóli Íslands offers education for people 18 years of age and older, with mental health challenges, their relatives and staff in the health and welfare field. You can choose from a wide variety of courses designed in collaboration with professionals and people with experience in mental health challenges. The course is free of charge for students.

Hlutverkasetur - Activity centre

The activity centre represents group work to counter social isolation and dysfunction. Projects, education and discussions with the aim of bringing users to the general labour market, starting an education or improving quality of life.

Fjölmennt

Fjölmennt is a continuous education and knowledge centre that organises courses for people with developmental disabilities, people with autism disorders and people with mental disabilities, from the age of 20.

Eating Disorders

The following are the recoursresources that people can reach out to without a referral from a professional. The eating disorder team of the child and adolescent ward receives referrals from professionals, such as workers at health care centres. A detailed list of recoursresources for eating disorders can be found here.

National hospital's eating disorder team

The eating disorder team is a multidisciplinary team that operates in both in day care and outpatient departments. The team consists of psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers/family therapists, nutritionists and counsellors. The eating disorder team is located on the Hvítabandið on Skólavörðustígur. The national hospital's eating disorder team receives referrals from professionals inside and outside LSH, schools and other professionals. People can also contact the eating disorder team themselves by sending an e-mail to atroskun@landspitali.is or by sending them a message on Facebook. Link to the website of the national hospital's eating disorder team: The eating disorder team

12 spora sjálfshjálparsamtök

Aba – Anorexia and bulimia - abaiceland.wordpress.com

Centres and clubs for people with mental disorders

The goal of centres is to break social isolation, reduce prejudice and improve the quality of life of those with mental disorders.

Vin - Reykjavík

Hverfisgata 47, tel. 561-2612, netfang: vin@redcross.is

Laut - Akureyri

Brekkugata 34, tel. 462-6632, netfang: laut@simnet.is

HVER - Akranes

Kirkjubraut 1, tel. 431-2040, netfang: hver@akranes.is

Ásheimar - Egilsstaðir

Miðvangur 22, tel. 470-0795, netfang: asheimar@egilsstadir.is

Vesturafl - Ísafjörður

Mánagata 6, tel. 456-4406, netfang: vesturafl@isafjordur.is

Lækur - Hafnarfjörður

Hörðuvellir 1, tel. 585-5500 eða 664-5746

Dvöl - Kópavogur

Reynihvammur 43, tel. 554-1260 eða 554-7274, netfang: dvol@kopavogur.is

Miðjan, geðræktarmiðstöð - Húsavík

Árgata 12 fyrir 16 ára og eldri, Sólbrekku 28 fyrir 6 – 16 ára. Tel. 464-1201.

Björgin, geðræktarmiðstöð - Suðurnes

Suðurgata 12&15, 230 Reykjanesbæ, tel. 420-3270, netfang: bjorgin@reykjanesbaer.is

Klúbburinn Strókur - Selfoss

Skólavellir 1, tel. 482-1757 The purpose of Strókur is to increase the connection between people with mental disorders and society. At Strókur, everyone gets professional support and club members give each other positive company.

The Geysir Club - Reykjavik

Skipholt 29, tel. 551-5166 Geysir's job is to combat isolation and inability and also to help people get trial recruitment.

Other community resources

The Red Cross

In addition to various mental health resources, The Red Cross provides assistance to individuals in all kinds of difficulties.Resources include a fund that provides emergency grants to those living with great poverty, a trauma fund, clothing cards, telephone friends, friend groups, help to young people in getting back into the community, open houses for immigrants and refugees, and more. Read more about Red Cross resources at raudikrossinn.is.

Hitt húsið

Offer various job-related assistance for young people, leisure activities for young people with disabilities, arts groups, group work and more.

Hringsjá

Hringsjá is an educational and work rehabilitation for people who want to return to the labour market after a break due to illness, accidents or other traumas.

Sjónarhóll, consulting centre

A project in collaboration with several organisations. Provides counselling to family members of children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Samtökin ´78

The Samtökin ´78 provides free counselling to queer people, their relatives and to professionals. Counselling for personal matters, social and psychological counselling and also legal counselling.

Ljósið

Rehabilitation and support centre for people who have had cancer and their relatives. Multiple programmes, various courses and groups.

Alzheimer's association

Association of enthusiasts and relatives of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related diseases. They offer, among other things, advice, educational meetings, support groups and working groups.

Foreldrahús – drug free youth

​Foreldrahús offers psychological services and counselling for children and adolescents in some kind of trouble as well as counselling and support for the whole family. They work with various problems, such as adolescent substance abuse, bullying, social difficulties and behavioural problems. There are also self-support courses, family counselling, parenting groups, parenting self-help sessions and adolescent groups for adolescents with substance abuse problems. They operate by way of the tel. no. 581-1799, open 24 hours a day, wherein a professional takes calls and provides advice and support to the parents.

Tilvera, an organisation about infertility

Various types of education and support, grants and café talks.

Association of single parents

Provides mediation, seminars and counselling on various issues such as custody, divorces, social problems and more, including telephone counselling.

W.O.M.E.N, an organisation for women of foreign origin in Iceland

The organisation is open to all women of a foreign origin residing in Iceland. They offer, among other things, free interview services, self-image support courses and group work.

Remote Services

1717 og 1717.is

The Red Cross runs the help line 1717 and online chat on 1717.is. You can contact them 24 hours a day, anonymously. You can get psychological support, counselling, listening and information about the resourses available.

Psychologists remote services

Numerous professionals offer remote services using the Kara connect software, which is specially designed to provide online treatment securely. A list of psychologists using Kara connect: karaconnect.com/salfraedingar

Tolumsaman.is

Remote services of Kvíðameðferðarstöðin.

Minlidan.is

Mín líðan offers online psychotherapy for the symptoms of depression and social anxiety.

Sal.is

If you check the location "Internet" in the search engine of psychologists on sal.is you can see a list of psychologists who provide services over the Internet. That list is incomplete.

Betrisvefn.is

Betri svefn offers education on sleep and insomnia treatment, both through the Internet and in individual sessions with psychologists.

Students

Educational and career counselling - All Icelandic universities

Services, instructions and support for students. Varies by school.

Psychological counselling study and career counsellors - University of Iceland

Individual interviews with psychologists for students at UI. Reservations need to be booked.

University psychological counselling - University of Iceland

The university's students and their children are offered psychology services from graduate students in clinical psychology who provide counselling under the professional guidance of certified psychologists.

SÁLRÆKT Psychological group treatment - University of Iceland

For university students who want to solve psychological problems and improve their mental health. Psychologists and director of the psychology guide in the therapy.

Psychology Services, Group Therapy - University of Reykjavik

Students of the University of Reykjavik can apply for psychology services within the University. This includes a psychological interview and a six-week group therapy for depression and anxiety for the students who request it.

Grief and loss

Grief Centre

The grief centre provides education and counselling to the grieving and those who work on their welfare. Teaching lessons, group work and various events. The grief centre is a collaborative project of four grief processing companies: Ný Dögun, Birta national organisation, Ljónshjarta and Gleym mér ei sponsor organisation.

Ný dögun: Support in grief

Operates various support groups within care centres.

Ljónshjarta

An organisation to support young people (20-50 years) who have lost a spouse and their children.

Gleym mér ei

An organisation that exists for those who suffer a loss during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Birta national organisation

National organisation of parents and guardians of children and young people who have died unexpectedly.

Pieta - organisation against suicide and self-harm.

Relatives who have lost or have a loved one in trouble due to suicide, suicide risk or self-harm can attend support groups and receive counselling.

12 step associations:

AA - Alcoholics - aa.is

Aba - Anorexia and bulimia - abaiceland.wordpress.com

Al-anon - Relatives of alcoholics - al-anon.is

Coda - Anonymous codependence - coda.is

DA - Anonymous debtors - daisland.wordpress.com

DRA - Two way problem - draonline.org/en/

GA - Gambling addiction - gasamtokin.is

GSA - Food addiction - gsa.is

NA - Drug Addiction - nai.is

OA - Food addiction or eating disorders - oa.is

SASA - Victims of sexual abuse

SLAA - Love and sexual addiction - slaa.is

Friends in recovery - Incontinence in general - viniribata.is

Resources related to violence

Stígamót

Victims of sexual abuse can come to Stigamót for free interviews.

Kvennaathvarfið

The women's refuge, Kvennaathvarfið, is a refuge for women who cannot live at home because of violence. They are offered to stay in the refuge. Victims and relatives can also receive free interviews.

Drekaslóð

Drekaslóð is an educational and service centre for victims of abuse. Offers individual interviews, couple interviews, family interviews and various group activities.

Bjarkarhlíð

Bjarkarhlíð is a centre for victims of violence. There, individuals are given the opportunity to receive an interview and consultation with social workers, police and lawyers free of charge and on their terms.

Heimilisfriður, treatment and knowledge centre on abuse in close relationships

Subsidised psychotherapy for abusers in close relationships of both sexes and risk assessment interviews with the victim of abuse. For those who use mental and physical abuse.

Neurological developmental disorders

The ADHD organisation

The ADHD is a national organisation to support children and adults with ADD, hyperactivity and related disorders.

Einhverfusamtökin - Autism association

Offer support groups for teens and adults with autism and relatives. Groups operated in Reykjavik, the Westman Islands and in Akureyri.

Specialisterne, specialisterne.is

Offer free job training and job skills assessment for individuals on the autism spectrum as well as assist with job search and create job opportunities suitable for those individuals.

Þjóðkirkjan - National Church

The church's family service has family therapists working for them. Priests also welcome people for interviews for a variety of problems. Churches in the country have organised operations, such as parent mornings and activities for children. The church's assistance operations offer various types of support, including social counsellors that you can reach out to.

Complaints and comments regarding service

Landlæknir - complaints regarding Landspitali

Parliamentary Ombudsman - complaints regarding government resources

Citizens' Ombudsman - complaints regarding the services of the

City of Reykjavik

Geðhjálp - Mental Health Service Complaints