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Applying for help for mentally ill people


Protection and assistance for people with a mental illness have become increasingly important. In Saxony-Anhalt, close psychiatric care is being sought. The aids should be available and accessible.

Persons with a mental illness should lead an independent and self-determined life in society.

People with a mental illness suffer from the following diseases or disorders:

  • mental or emotional illness,
  • mental or emotional disorder of significant magnitude,
  • Addiction

If you, too, are affected by a mental illness, you can talk to professionals about treatments. You can make use of all the help offered voluntarily.

Possible aids are advice and mediation in medical and psychosocial measures.

These aids are intended to avoid clinical placement or to reintegrate you into social life after placement.

All measures are accompanied by a doctor or psychotherapist.

Even if you live with a person with a mental illness, you can take advantage of help, especially counseling.


The districts and independent cities are responsible. They have a social psychiatric service that you can turn to.  

If your doctor has diagnosed a mental illness, they will work with you to create a treatment plan. Whether the prerequisites for the appropriate therapy and help are met is also decided.

  • Application for outpatient, semi-inpatient or inpatient rehabilitation
  • Medical opinion

If necessary, your doctor will work with you to apply for assistance.

Many health insurance companies provide very detailed information on the subject of mental health. Usually you will find contacts and applications on the websites that will help you.

In addition, the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration has compiled a guide to psychiatric services.

Many associations support people with a mental illness in their search for suitable doctors and counselling centres.

Relatives also have the opportunity to exchange ideas in a self-help group.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

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