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Mental health

We all need to look after our mental health so that we can relax more and cope with life's normal stresses.  Spending long periods inside the home can be stressful or frustrating. Moods and feelings can be affected and people may feel low, worried or have trouble sleeping.

Every Mind Matters provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of mental health, particularly now, including limiting time spent online or absorbing the news.

Services in Camden have adapted to support people dealing with mental health issues generally, but particularly for people who are struggling due to increased pressures from isolation and from stress related to coronavirus. You may already have good support links and relationships with organisations that you trust and it may be good to contact these services now.

Camden has a Resilience Network which comprises of a group of mental health charities and community organisations. They are working together to make services more accessible.

SuicideThe main thing to remember is that suicide is preventable.  Learning that a family member or friend is struggling and feeling suicidal can be distressing. But at the same time, being able to encourage them to open up about their feelings gives you an opportunity to help them find support.  

Mental Health Foundation provides sources of help that is available.  This includes:

Samaritans - they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Their Freephone number is 116 123

Papyrus - they provide confidential support and advice to young people up to the age of 35.   Their Free HOPElineUK number  is 0800 068 4141

Talking openly about suicide can prevent someone from taking their life. 

London Irish Centre, in partnership with Mental Health Foundation are running a weekly Men’s group on Thursday afternoons, and on Monday afternoons with ICAP, a charity that offers culturally sensitive counselling and psychotherapy to the Irish community in Britain. 

To find out more about the groups, contact Ciara, London Irish Centre on 07946 202 924, or email ciaraward@londonirishcentre.org.

How to get support

If you are a Camden resident who is not known to Camden mental health services there are a number of programmes you can access, including voluntary and community sector programmes.  Below are brief descriptions of different services available and how you can access them.

iCope is Camden's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service.  They are providing additional support to help those who are significantly impacted by COVID-19.  The support available is  high intensity, brief, 3 session interventions, based on the principles of psychological first aid.  The service might be for:

  • those experiencing difficulties adjusting to increased self-isolation and social distancing
  • those who may have themselves experienced illness or bereavement related to COVID-19
  • frontline NHS, social care or voluntary sector staff

The intervention aims to enhance coping skills and resilience, working with people to strengthen and expand their existing support networks. You can self refer to this service.

iCope also offer a range of resources such as suggestions, webpages, podcasts and applications, that may help, iCope COVID-19 useful advice and suggestions.

Care Navigation and Social Prescribing service supports with a range of needs not necessarily specific to mental health. More information can be found on Age UK Camden's website. You can self-refer to this service by calling 0800 193 6067 (always leave a message to receive a return call) or by emailing Camccg.socialprescribingreferral@nhs.net.

Healthy Minds Social Prescribing service is for people with more established mental health needs. More information including how to refer is found on Mind in Camden's website. You can call 020 3317 6257 or 020 8938 2703 for information, but to be referred you will need to speak with your GP.

Healthy Minds Programme offers an open programme for people who need more intensive support. However, face to face services are suspended until further notice.  Healthy Minds Digital Collective aims to provide details of what's on offer in Camden.  Visit Mind in Camden's Healthy Minds web page to download Healthy Minds Digital Collective.

You can find more information and complete a referral form downloadable from Mind in Camden's Healthy Minds web page. You can also call 020 7241 8996 for more information.

Camden Hub 6-8 week prevention service is a time limited prevention service to keep people well in the community. Further information is available from Likewise's website. To discuss services that might be available you can call 020 7278 4437 or email contactus@likewise.org.uk

General information about support and resources can be found from Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Coronavirus / COVID-19 Changes to our services and general advice.

 

Acute and urgent mental health services

Camden and Islington NHS Trust Crisis Team

If you are in mental health crisis you are urged to telephone the 24 hour 7 day crisis line

Telephone: 020 3317 6333

Or contact your usual community mental health team

Camden & Islington NHS Trust has moved the service normally offered in emergency departments to a 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service at St Pancras Hospital.

The service will see people who need urgent care for their mental health so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under increased pressure due to COVID-19,  the illness caused by coronavirus.

If you attend the 24 hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person then you will be seen, however, a call should be made before attending to ensure that you only leave the house when necessary.

Information about all acute and urgent services provided by Camden & Islington NHS Trust is available.

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