What to do if you think you’re experiencing a mental health problem

We all have ups and downs. But if you (or someone you’re concerned about) are feeling unable to cope with everyday life, there is help available.

A positive first step might be talking to your GP. But there are local services and helplines described below that you can also contact directly.  If you feel you are experiencing a crisis and you are unable to access support from your GP or other services, you can call 0800 330 8590 to speak to the Oxleas mental health crisis line for patients and carers. The crisis line runs twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind provide Greenwich residents with:

  • Free and confidential counselling in person and via telephone (including crisis and long-term counselling). This is available to people from all backgrounds, with a specialist provision for Eastern European, African, African-Caribbean and Asian cultures.
  • Free, confidential and independent advocacy for adults in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, who are detained under the Mental Health Act and/or receiving care and support under the Care Act. Advocacy means getting support from another person to help you express your views.
  • Peer Support including activity groups for adults with mental health needs in the Royal Borough of Greenwich to support their own mental wellbeing.

For more information and contact details visit Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind.

Greenwich Time to Talk (GTTT)

Greenwich Time to Talk is provided by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. It offers free, time limited cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and counselling support for people over 16 who live, work or are registered with a GP in Greenwich. It’s for people with mild problems of anxiety or depression who also motivate themselves to work to change the problem.

For more information and contact details visit Greenwich Time to Talk.

Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark Samaritans

For round the clock help and support if something is troubling you or you’re going through a difficult time, contact the Samaritans. You can call their free helpline any time, day or night, 365 days a year on 116 123.

The Greenwich Community Directory also lists a broad range of local mental health services and support groups.

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