Your mental health
As many as one in four people will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
If you are experiencing mental health problems it is important to know that you are not alone and there is plenty of help out there to improve your mental well-being.
Mental health services in Lambeth
The first place to get help is your GP. They are best placed to offer you initial advice on how to deal with your symptoms and talk to you about available treatments and support services in your area.
The main provider of mental health care in Lambeth is South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). If you are 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 access the Lambeth Talking Therapy service on a self-referral basis. Visit their website to find out about their service, and to self-refer.
Please get involved and tell us how we and our partners in The Lambeth Collaborative can provide better integrated mental health services in the future. You can help by completing a short survey.
Emergency mental health services
In an emergency, if your GP surgery is closed you can get help at your nearest A&E. Go to a hospital's A&E desk and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty.
Solidarity in a Crisis
Solidarity in a Crisis is an out-of-hours Peer Support Service, co-designed and co-delivered by people who use services and carers in Lambeth, providing crisis support over the phone or in person. They are open: Monday to Thursday from 8pm to midnight; Friday to Sunday from 8am to 2pm and 8pm-2am. Their number is 07795 037 320
Other local mental health services
Lambeth and Southwark MIND
There is an extensive list of local mental health organisations to support you in Lambeth available on Lambeth and Southwark MIND. This service can be accessed by website, phone and email.
Lambeth Living Well Partnership
Lambeth Living Well Partnership (managed by Mosaic Clubhouse) based at 65 Effra Road, London, SW2 1BZ. They provide one-to-one support focused on employment, community connections, social inclusion and a range of training opportunities as well as support accessing local services and opportunities. They also have an information service and a drop-in service.
Other help and support available online or over the phone
Samaritans (08457 90 90 90) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you are feeling, or if you are worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number will not show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation that supports teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Mindapples helps people get more from their minds. They believe we should all take of our minds like we take care of our bodies, and if we do that, then everything will change - what we teach our children, the way we deliver healthcare, how we run our businesses, and the choices we make for ourselves and our society.
Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It does not have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information.
Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.
Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying.
CALM is a charity that works to prevent suicide in men of all ages in the UK. Their helpline number is 0800 58 58 58.
Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We're bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.