Looking after your mental health, your mood and your emotional wellbeing is as important as taking care of yourself physically.
Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are common. 1 in 4 adults will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a year, and for some people it can be a long-term or recurring issue.
It's important to seek help if you think you may be experiencing a mental health problem. See below for a list of local and national services who can provide support.
You can also go to your local A & E department.
If you feel suicidal, you can call the Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Trust urgent advice line on 0800 0234 650. The line is open Monday to Friday 5pm to 9am, and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays.
The helpline provides support, advice and signposting for existing or potential users of CNWL Mental Health and Learning Disability Services, and their carers, relatives and friends.
If you have mental health issues, it may feel sometimes as though you can't cope with the stresses and strains of daily life. If you need help leading an independent life, there is lots of useful advice on the People First website.
People First is provided in association with Westminster City Council, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
You can contact the Samaritans at any time of the day or night. They are a team of people trained to listen to people who are going through difficult times.
Phone: 116 123
MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Phone: 0300 123 3393
Their 'local Minds' team supports over 375,000 people, with services such as supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They campaign, research and influence policy and practice.
They also provide expert knowledge to young people, parents and professionals as well as online resources, training and development, and outreach work.
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT) provides talking therapy and self-help courses for people with common mental health difficulties.
This free, confidential service is available to people over 18 who live in Westminster or who are registered with a Westminster GP.
The courses include:
Young people in Westminster can download trusted health and wellbeing information via a new app, NHS Go.
The free and confidential health app can help young people take greater control over their health, make healthier choices and get trusted advice when they don’t know where to go.
Find out more about the app from some of London’s best known Youtube vloggers in this short film.
It's common to feel stressed during exams. But there are lots of things you can do to help cope.
If you’re feeling stressed you can find useful advice on the MIND website including how to get organised and plan a revision timetable.
Childline also has some top tips on preparing for the big day.