Mental health

Looking after your mental health, your mood and your emotional wellbeing is every bit 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.

If your life or a friend's life is in danger due to a mental health crisis (e.g. a suicide attempt), you should phone 999.

 You can also go to your local A & E department.

1. Your GP

If you feel mentally ill, your first point of contact should be your GP.

Although talking to a stranger about personal issues may seem odd and slightly scary, it's important to remember that GPs are trained health professionals who will respect your confidentiality and recommend local services that can help you.

Find your local GP

2. Westminster helpline

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-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.

3. People First

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.

4. Go 4

Go 4 Mental Health is a website for Westminster residents, which includes:

  • a directory of local mental health services
  • therapeutic activities
  • advice for emergencies

Search for local services

5. Samaritans

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 
Email: jo@samaritans.org

 

'People talk to us anytime they like, in their own way, and off the record - about whatever’s getting to them. You don't have to be suicidal.' - Samaritans

6. MIND

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 
Email: info@mind.org.uk

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.

Find out if there is one where you live

 

'We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.' - MIND

7. Young Minds

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.

Read about mental health and emotional wellbeing

 

 

8. Westminster IAPT

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:

  • assertiveness
  • changing your thinking habits
  • breaking the cycle of stress and worry

Make an appointment

9. 'NHS Go' app

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.

Download the app

10. Staying in work

If you have a mental health condition that is affecting your work or your ability to find work, Work Solutions may be able to help. You'll be eligible if you are:

  • a Westminster resident or registered with a Westminster GP
  • aged 18 or over
  • in paid employment
  • seeking employment, training or education

  Download the referral form

11. Dealing with exam stress

Everyone feels 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 have some top tips on preparing for the big day.

Last updated 27 January 2017