Resources to help improve your health
A range of free services that you can help improve your wellbeing.
Published: 7 December 2020
Last updated: 16 June 2022
Whether you’re a smoker, you’re concerned about your drinking habits, or you simply want to lead a healthier lifestyle, there are many free services and resources you can use to improve your health.
One You Westminster
One You Westminster supports residents to make simple changes towards a longer, healthier and happier life.
One You provides stop smoking and cardiovascular services.
Alcohol and drug intake
Are you worried about how much you are drinking? Are you concerned about your drug use or the drug and alcohol use of someone you know?
We have a range of free support available:
Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service (DAWS) Offers free advice, support and recovery services for Westminster residents affected by drug and alcohol misuse.
The Alcohol Service Provides free, confidential support for anyone affected by alcohol use in Westminster.
Club Drug Clinic Provides free specialist support for adult clubbers and LGBTQ+ residents who have developed problems with a range of ‘club drugs’.
The Dual Diagnosis Team provides specialist support if you’re aged 18 or over and experiencing problems with both your mental health and drug or alcohol use.
Please call 020 7341 5335 for specialist support.
Outside Edge A theatre group that offers people recovering from substance misuse an opportunity to get into drama and theatre.
You can learn more about drug and alcohol misuse services on People First.
Young people and children
Are you a child or young person living with or affected by drug or alcohol misuse? Find out about services available to you.
Mental health and wellbeing
Call 999 if you or someone you know experiences a life-threatening medical or mental health emergency.
Ensuring our residents have good mental health and wellbeing is a key priority.
Good mental health and wellbeing is crucial, it means we're able to lead happy and healthy lives. Any one of us can be affected by poor mental health and wellbeing at any time. Seeking help changes lives.
If you need support with your mental health and wellbeing or someone to talk to, please call your GP or contact:
- Every Mind Matters: now more than ever, Every Mind Matters. Visit NHS Every Mind Matters to get your free online personal Mind Plan including simple tips and advice for you to look after your mental wellbeing
- Good Thinking has NHS-approved mental health tools and advice to support you if you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or struggling with other mental health concerns.
- Reach Out offer talking therapies to adults who are experiencing anxiety or depression. The service is available to Westminster residents and people who are registered with a GP in the area
- The Westminster Talking Therapies Service (IAPT) provides free, confidential talking therapies for people who may have concerns around coronavirus. The support is offered by qualified therapists and counsellors, and most consultations are provided by phone or video call
- The NHS Single Point of Access Line, 0800 0234 650 is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be called if you are in a crisis
- You can call NHS 111 if you or someone you know needs urgent care, but it's not life threatening
- The Samaritans, call 0330 094 5717 or freephone 116 123 open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- The Listening Place, call 020 3906 7676 open from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week
Help when you're feeling low
If you or someone you know is feeling like life is not worth living, or if you've been bereaved by suicide, you don't have to struggle alone. There are a number of organisations that can help when you need it most, including services listed above. A good place to start is your GP.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) CALM supports men in Westminster of any age who are down, in crisis or need to talk. Support is via their helpline, webchat and website.