If you are having a difficult time or struggling to cope
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (Slam) have a local 24-hour mental health crisis line. Call 0800 731 2864 (Option 1).
The Listening Place provides socially distanced face-to-face support sessions for those who feel life is no longer worth living. Appointments are available in several locations in central London, 9am to 9pm, 7 days a week. Call 020 3906 7676.
Mind is a national mental health charity, and their Infoline provides an information and signposting service for how and where to get help near you. Call 0300 123 3393, 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday or text 86463.
If you have lost a loved one
Cruse Bereavement Care offers support, advice and information to people of all ages after the death of someone close. Grieving has been more difficult than ever during Covid-19. Cruse Bereavement Care has shared the experiences of others and information on bereavement during Covid-19 here.
Their helpline, staffed by bereavement volunteers, is also available if you want to talk. Call 0808 808 1677, Monday and Friday 9.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am to 8pm, weekends 10am to 2pm.
If you feel socially isolated
Age UK Lambeth’s MYcommunity gateway service can link you to ‘Connect Lambeth’ services. These services include welfare and support calls and virtual or telephone phone events for people who are experiencing social isolation. Welfare advice and support is also included. Call 0333 360 3700, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been told to self-isolate due to Covid-19 and would like emotional support, you can call Lambeth’s Stay home safely support service helpline for assistance.
If you want to talk about your drug or alcohol use
Lambeth Drug and Alcohol Treatment Consortium offers treatment and recovery advice and support by phone and online. Call if you need to talk, for you or someone you know – 020 3228 1500 for treatment referral, or 020 7095 1980 for recovery support.
Switchboard is a confidential helpline for, and staffed by, LGBT+ people to discuss whatever you feel. Nothing is off limits. Call 0300 330 0630, 10am to 1pm, 7 days a week.
Caring for someone with a long-term condition
Carer’s Hub Lambeth offers support to unpaid carers living in the borough, or caring for someone living in the borough. They support carers from the age of 5 upwards. Call 020 7501 8970 or email email@example.com for adult carers and general enquiries. For young carers, call 020 7501 8972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updated information on dementia-related support services and Covid-19, see the Dementia section on our website.
Mental wellbeing apps
Good Thinking provides digital mental wellbeing support for London. This includes free NHS-approved apps to help you deal with stress, anxiety, low mood, poor sleep and other concerns. Find out more at good-thinking.uk/coronavirus.