If you are dealing with a mental health problem, you should see a family physician first. In addition to family physicians, several Estonian family health centres have mental health nurses who can help adults with their mental health concerns. Family physicians often have very good knowledge and skills in dealing with adult mental health issues.
The family physician can issue an e-consultation referral to a psychiatrist via the health information system. After that, there are two options:
- the psychiatrist prepares a response and the family physician continues to treat the patient as directed by the medical specialist or the medical team.
- In more complex cases, the psychiatrist will take over the patient and treatment will continue with a psychiatrist on the basis of the treatment plan drawn up by the medical team.
The guide for e-consultation in psychiatry is published on the EHIF website.
NB! Clinical psychologists at the Psychiatric Clinic do not provide psychological services on the basis of a referral.