Seek support for mental health
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and GPs in Lambeth are encouraging people concerned about their mental health to seek support.
As many as one in four people will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their lives. It can be stress, depression or a serious mental illness such as psychosis.
Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "In Lambeth, if you feel low, stressed or are worried about your mental health you can get help easily.
"Many people choose to visit their GP for advice. We can talk to you about your symptoms and discuss treatments such as talking therapies or medication if required.
"Mental health and wellbeing is just as important as physical health and in Lambeth we'd urge anyone concerned about their mental health to seek help sooner rather than later."
Lambeth residents can also access mental health services through Lambeth's Living Well Network Hub which is a 'front door' to community-based mental health services. This can be via your GP or directly through self introduction. The hub brings together services such as community support, psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and peer support.
The Living Well Network hub is at Streatham Job Centre Plus, Crown House, Station Approach, SW16 6HW. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm. You can also call or email the hub directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0203 691 5080.
The main provider of mental health care in Lambeth is South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). If you are already receiving support from SLaM in Lambeth please look at your care plan and contact the person listed in your crisis plan. If you can't find your care plan, contact your Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm and ask for your care co-ordinator or the person on duty. Outside of these times, you can contact your local Home Treatment Team.
SLaM has a 24hr information line to point you in the right direction about where to get help, call 0800 731 2864.
You can also access the Lambeth Talking Therapy service on a self-introduction basis – see www.slam-iapt.nhs.uk for details and online referral or call 0203 228 6747.
If you need urgent help please contact either your GP or attend the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital (24hrs).
Alternatively, if you're experiencing a crisis and need support and advice, you can call the Samaritans 24 hour helpline on 116 123 or email email@example.com.