As many as one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
Mental health problems range from reactions to normal life events, such as bereavement and relationship breakdowns and depression, to more complex conditions such as schizophrenia.
Mental health services in Southwark
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 Southwark is South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). SLaM's telephone information line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A member of staff will be available to help advise you how to get help. The number is 0800 731 2864.
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.
There is a full directory of mental health services and support available in Southwark on the Lambeth and Southwark MIND website. Whether you are suffering from mental health difficulties yourself, or you have a friend or family member who is struggling, you can use this directory to find support. You can search alphabetically, by category or by target group.
Emergency mental health services
In an emergency, if your GP surgery is closed, go to a hospital’s A&E desk and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty.
There is a lot of information about mental health and dementia services and support available online:
NHS Choices - a comprehensive guide to Mental Health and Living Well. The site includes free audio guides to boost your mood, advice on coping with bereavement, links to local services and much more.
Dementia Friend and Champion Awareness - This initiative is being led by the Alzheimer's Society and is about making Dementia Friendly communities together.
Alzheimer's society - 0300 222 1122 - a helpline providing support and guidance for families and carers of people with Dementia. The website is useful for people who have been recently diagnosed with early onset of dementia. It offers advice on possible symptoms, assessment and treatment so that people can live independently in their own homes.
Telecare and community alarms - can help older, disabled and vulnerable people live independently, safely and securely at home, whilst providing reassurance for carers. To find out how telecare could help you, please contact Southwark's Monitoring and Response Team directly on 020 7525 2999.
Samaritans - Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
Depression Alliance - Help and information about depression; depression symptoms and self-help groups.