Mental Health and Wellbeing
Five steps for mental wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you approach them with an open mind and try them out, you can judge the results yourself.
More information about this is available at the following sites:
- CONNECT - Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
- BE ACTIVE - You don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
- KEEP LEARNING - Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
- GIVE TO OTHERS - Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
- TAKE NOTICE - be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness", and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Five steps for physical wellbeing
- STOP SMOKING - One of the most important things you can do to improve your health is to stop smoking. For help and advice on giving up, see one of our nurses or ask in your local pharmacy.
- MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT AND DIET - Try to eat a balanced diet and avoid putting on weight. Ask your GP or nurse for advice on healthy eating and weight. They may be able to refer you for exercise classes and/or to see a dietician. You can also read a very good online leaflet on healthy eating by searching here
- KEEP ACTIVE - Regular exercise can help your mood, help you to lose weight and improve your heart and lung function. Try to do 30 minutes of exercise everyday if you can. Three 10 minute strolls or a 30 minute walk in the garden will do. If you are finding this difficult, ask your GP or nurse about a referral for exercise and/or a weight loss programme.
- IMMUNISATIONS - We recommend that you have the flu vaccine every autumn if you are eligible and the adult pneumonia vaccine once in your life if you have a chronic disease or are over the age of 65. If you are unsure about whether you are due a vaccination, book an appointment with one of our nurses.
- REMEMBER YOUR MEDICATION - Take your medication daily and request them before they run out. Some people find electronic prescribing easier because the prescription is sent directly to the chemist of your choice. This saves you a trip to the surgery and allows the pharmacist to prompt you to order more when they see you are running low. Ask our receptionists or your local chemist about setting this up; it takes less than a minute! These are just a few simple steps to staying well. One of the most important things to remember is that you’re not alone and don’t have to battle through yourself. If you’re unsure about the above or want to talk through things in more detail, contact your GP or mental health nurse or counsellor.
What help is available in Lambeth?
Lambeth Single Point of Access
Lambeth Single Point of Access is a team of mental health professionals, support workers and social workers who can help you access mental health support. You can refer yourself here or call them on 0800 090 2456 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).
NHS Counselling / talking therapies
Free counselling and CBT are available locally. You can refer yourself here or by calling 02032286747.
Low cost private psychotherapy options
- Westminster Pastoral Foundation Tel. 0207 361 4803/4
- The Guild of Psychotherapists Tel. 0207 401 3370.
- British Association of Psychotherapists
- Lambeth MIND also offers psychotherapy
Self-guided CBT/Self-help books
- Overcoming Depression - Paperback 24 September 2009 - Paul Gilbert
- Overcoming Anxiety - Paperback 15 May 2014 - Helen Kennerley
- 10 Steps To Positive Living - Paperback 30 March 2005 - Windy Dryden
- Get Self Help
- Mood Gym
Centres that offer guided meditation
Please note many of these organisations are of a Buddhist nature
- Being Mindful (based in Balham & Clapham)
- London Buddhist Centre (based in Bethnal Green)
- Shambhala (based in Clapham)
- Jam Yang (based in Elephant &Castle)
- Inner Space (based in Covent Garden)
Alcohol and Drug Services
If you are struggling with drug or alcohol problems you can self-refer to: Lorraine Hewitt House 12-14 Brighton Terrace, Brixton SW9 8DG (drop in 5 mornings/week - first 3 people through the door each morning at 9am will be offered an assessment) or call 0203 2281500 or visit this website
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The NHS website also has advice and lists of resources:
What do I do in a crisis?
If you are feeling very low and don’t know where to turn there is always help available.
- In office hours you can call us at the practice to speak to the Duty GP on 02086785420 or call Lambeth Single Point of Access on 0800 090 2456.
- South London and Maudsley NHS Trust has a 24-hour mental health crisis line: Phone: 0800 731 2864 (Option 1)
- The national NHS website has advice on dealing with a mental health emergency or crisis. Or you can call the NHS helpline on 111.
- 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 and in person. Freephone 0300 123 1922 text 07889 756 087 or 07889 756 083.
- The Evening Sanctuary is at the Mosaic Clubhouse in Brixton. To access this service, you’ll need a referral from a healthcare professional such as your GP or care coordinator.
- Samaritans has a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123.
- Papyrus (preventing suicide in under 35 year olds): 08000684141
- If you are feeling suicidal you can also call 999 or attend A&E as an emergency.