If you are worried about your own mental health, or someone you know, there is help and support available:
Talk to your GP
If you are feeling low or anxious in a way that is interfering with your usual activities, talk to someone close to you or whom you can trust, and make an appointment to see your GP. Depression and anxiety are very common – you're not alone. Having a mental health problem is the second most common reason people visit their GP. If you are not sure what to say, try writing down what's worrying you beforehand and take your notes with you. If you're anxious, ask a friend to come with you for support.
Your GP can advise you on what might help, prescribe medication and refer you to counselling (Talking Therapy), or to other more specialist services, if needed. Below are a list of local and national services that might be helpful, but there are also many helplines that can help with all sorts of worries and issues.
Lambeth & Southwark Mind > also has an excellent directory of support services for mental health and wellbeing including counselling, advocacy, housing and volunteering.
Lambeth Psychological Therapies Service > offers help for people experiencing anxiety, depression, panic attacks or sleep problems. Self refer by calling 020 3228 6747 or speak with your GP.
Waterloo Counselling Service > has a range of counsellors who can offer counselling in your language. Call 020 7928 3462.
CarePlace > is a new website with information about health and social care services on offer in Lambeth.
Telefono de La Esperanza > is a helpline for LatinAmerican or Spanish speaking people offering support in emotional crisis and provide workshops for people who are struggling with family problems. Call 020 7733 0471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Portuguese Community Centre > in Lambeth also offers support and help for Portuguese speaking people.
Certitude > are a mental health resource centre for African, African Caribbean and Asian men and women and also have a Somali group. Offers music workshops, advice, befriending and peer support. Call 020 7737 2888. Contact Solidarity in a Crisis > for out of hours peer support - Freephone 0300 123 1922 Monday to Friday 6pm - midnight and Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 12 midnight.
Mosaic Clubhouse Information Hub > A Hub Drop in, no appointment needed. Offers rapid mental health and wellbeing support. Walk in at 65 Effra Road, London, SW2 1BZ or call 020 7924 9657.
Connect and Do > Is a website to help people build friendships around shared interests in their local area.
Amardeep > is a community based assessment and advice service in Brixton Road for people in the South Asian community aged 18-65 who have mental health needs. Call 020 3228 6940 or 020 3228 6941.
The National Self Harm Network > provides support, resources and an online forum for those who self harm. Their helpline number is 0800 622 6000. If you or a friend are hurting yourself, Mind have this helpful guide >.
The Vietnamese Mental Health Service > provides information, advice and support to Vietnamese people with mental health issues. It offers counselling, befriending, housing and benefit advice. Call 020 7234 0601.
The Samaritans > provide confidential support & advice for those experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Email email@example.com or call the 24 hour helpline on Freephone 116 123.
SANE > has a telephone helpline which friends and family can ring for advice on - Freephone 0300 304 7000.