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Monday, 15 May 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week: Where to find help with your mental health in south west London

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday 15 - Sunday 21 May 2023), the NHS in south west London is reminding local people of the free mental health support services available, and encouraging those who are struggling with their mental health to come forward for the help they need.

Mental health news bannerDr Billy Boland, medical director at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please ask for help today. From urgent care if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis to support with common challenges and symptoms such as stress, anxiety or a low mood, there are a range of free and confidential services available – including our NHS Recovery Cafés, Talking Therapies and 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line.”

NHS Recovery Cafés are a walk-in out of hours mental health support service which you don’t need a referral or an appointment for. The cafés offer a safe and welcoming space for all adults living in south west London who are struggling with their mental health or feel at risk of going into a crisis.

NHS Talking Therapies offer effective and confidential treatments for common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression. Help is available in person, by video, over the phone or as an online course. You can refer yourself directly without a referral from a GP, or a GP can refer you.

The 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line - 0800 028 8000 - is there if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis and need urgent help. It is open to everyone: both children and adults of all ages, and to people who haven’t previously accessed mental health services. The crisis line’s team of trained NHS mental health professionals will help you to get the care and support you need.

Notes to editors:

NHS Recovery Cafés

Recovery Cafés are there to help adults (aged 18 years or more) with mental health issues from the south London boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Kingston. Please check the café website before visiting for details such as opening times.

NHS Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies can help with common problems like stress, anxiety and depression. You do not need to have a diagnosed mental health problem to refer yourself to an NHS Talking Therapies service by filling in a simple form online.

Click on the borough you live in to find out more and ask for help online quickly and easily. 

24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line

If you live in Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton or Wandsworth and you need mental health support in a crisis you can call the 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line on 0800 028 8000

Clinicians at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust have made short videos to help raise awareness of the 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line and support it provides. The videos are available to download here, with versions subtitled in English, Arabic, Gujarati, Tamil and Urdu.

Please only attend A&E if you have an emergency with your physical health. The Mental Health Crisis Line can help and direct you to the right service for your mental health. 

If you are Deaf, you can call our Mental Health Crisis Line using Sign Live Video Relay Service (VRS): 

  • On a computer, go to register using Facebook, Google or email
  • On a phone, iPad or tablet download SignLive’s app for free and register
  • You will then be able to call the Trust for free.  

For more information, visit: If you need help with your mental health today, we’re here for you (


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