Resources in Iceland
Depression – Resources in Iceland
If you feel that you are experiencing depression, a good first step is to let someone that you trust know. For example, a friend, family member, school counsellor or school psychologist. Often times, a great deal of relief comes with talking, and if it doesn’t, they can even assist you in seeking help. It is never too late or too early to seek help. Examples of the treatments available for depression in Iceland are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), behavioural activation, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), communication therapy and medication therapy. Sometimes when people seek help, they may not feel comfortable with the first therapist that they go to. Then, it is no problem to try others, and many do so.
Where to reach out to?
Health care clinics: When people seek help from professionals, the first point of contact is usually the health care clinic. The first step is to make an appointment with a doctor who can refer you to the appropriate person if the problem cannot be resolved. heilsugaeslan.is
School counsellor and school psychologists: Many schools have employed school counsellors or psychologists that you can reach out to.
1717 - Red Cross help line and internet chat: If you don’t want to talk to someone you know, you can call the Red Cross help line: 1717 , or go to 1717.is and talk to them online. No problem is too big or small for the help line or online chat. raudikrossinn.is
Mental health ward emergency reception: If the situation is acute or severe, do not hesitate to reach out to the mental health ward emergency reception at Landspíitali, where people with urgent mental health issues can go without having an appointment. The psychiatric ward emergency reception is located on the 1st floor of the psychiatric building at Hringbraut. The emergency reception is open from 12:00 to 19:00 on weekdays and from 13:00 to 17:00 at weekends and the telephone number is 543 4050. In case of an emergency outside these hours, you can reach out to the emergency department at Landspíitali Fossvogur. landspitali.is
National emergency number: 112
Psychologists' private offices: On the psychologist's website, you can search for psychologists who attend to a variety of problems, such as depression. sal.is
Psychiatrists' private offices: A number of psychiatrists conduct medical and conversational therapy for depression in their private clinics.
A more detailed list of resources in Iceland can be found here.