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New online mental health support for Southwark residents

Residents in Southwark going through a tough time or struggling with mental health issues can now access a new, confidential online mental health and emotional wellbeing support service.

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have commissioned Big White Wall to provide an online support system providing 24/7 peer and professional support and a range of wellbeing tools for anyone over the age of 16.

NHS Southwark CCG mental health clinical lead, Nancy Kuchemann said: "Improving access to mental health services is a key priority for the CCG. As the Big White Wall enables people to access mental health support anonymously, it will reach people in the community who find it difficult to talk about their problems or ask for help.

"People experiencing mental health issues like anxiety and depression may not always have people around them they can talk to. Big White Wall may be a lifeline to those who may be suffering alone and struggling in silence."

The digital mental health service comprises of 'SupportNetwork' offering online peer support and 'GuidedSupport' through online group programmes to promote recovery from common mental health conditions. Members can express how they feel in images by making 'Bricks' on 'The Wall' take part in creative art and writing therapies which can help put difficult feelings into words.

Residents can self-refer by visiting and entering a Southwark postcode. Members can then chat to others who may have gone through similar experiences or with a team of specially trained counsellors, who are always online.