Looking after your mental health
In this section you can find information on the following:
- Improving your mental wellbeing
- Local services and online support available
Improving your mental wellbeing
We all have mental health and it is just as important as our physical health. There are lots of things to can do to keep your mind healthy. Here are some steps you can take to improve your wellbeing:
Connect to people Spend time with a friend, keep in touch with friends and family, speak to someone new at work or chat to your local shopkeeper.
Go for a walk, ride a bike or play football; take the stairs; get active with housework or gardening.
Take up a new hobby; cook something new, or teach yourself a new skill; read the news or do a crossword. Find out about available opportunities by visiting the Adult Learning Team website.
Small acts of kindness such as saying thank you or helping out a neighbour, or larger ones like volunteering can make you feel happier and more satisfied with life.
Notice the world around you and your own thoughts and feelings; enjoy the moment.
Local services and online support available
If you or someone else needs immediate help:
Call 999, or
Go to your local hospital A&E department, or
Call the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust Crisis Team on 020 3317 6777 (or if you are already cared for by Camden and Islington NHS mental health services either check your care plan for crisis numbers or call 020 3317 6333), or
Contact either of two national helplines for people in mental health distress
- Samaritans: free 24-hour phone line on 116 123
- Sane helpline: 6pm-11pm only phone line on 0300 304 7000
Everyone feels a bit anxious or low now and then, but sometimes it can affect your general wellbeing and everyday life. Mental health problems are common, but they’re also usually treatable. If you’re feeling down there is something you can do about it. Talking can really help and there are services on your doorstep, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice.
Local and national organisations who can provide information, support and services
Your GP: If you feel that you need support with any aspect of their mental health, you should talk to your GP. Doctors aren’t only there to help with physical health; they can also help with diagnosing and treating mental or emotional problems, as well as helping access other support.
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust provide a number of mental health and substance misuse services to residents in the boroughs of Camden and Islington.
Camden and Islington’s Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT): offer free, confidential help for problems such as stress, worry, depression and insomnia. There are online and face-face options for help. The therapies offered are for adults of all ages, from young to old and can help people learn ways to help themselves/feel more able to cope with problems. GPs can make referrals to IAPT and have IAPT staff who are linked to their GP practice. Patients can also self-refer to all of these services.
- http://www.icope.nhs.uk (Camden and Islington)
- https://www.iesohealth.com/en-gb/patients/camden (Camden)
Camden Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre (Camden Hub) provide a 6-8 week prevention service - The prevention service is accessible to anyone over 18, living in Camden and needing mental health support. It is available regardless of eligibility for adult social care services and/or previous contact with mental health services. The Camden Hub also provide a recovery service that that focuses on personalised and recovery focused activities. The service is accessible to people over 18 years of age with ongoing mental health needs who are either eligible for adult social care services or self-funders wanting to use some of their budget to purchase support for their existing needs.
Mind in Camden provide high quality support and capacity building services to benefit people who are struggling with mental distress.
Rethink Mental Illness provide help, support and advice for people living with mental illness. For more information call 0300 5000 927. Rethink Mental Illness also offers two-day Mental Health First Aid courses as well as one-day Mental Health Awareness courses that are free to anyone who lives, works, studies, or volunteers in Islington or Camden. For more information about the courses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Camden provide a full range of local mental health resources and support for emotional wellbeing.