As many as one in four people will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives, whether that’s stress, depression, anxiety or other conditions.
If you are experiencing mental health problems, it is important to know that you are not alone and there is plenty of help out there, to improve your mental wellbeing. Your GP can offer you initial advice on how to deal with your symptoms, and talk to you about available treatments and support services in your area including:
These are safe and supportive spaces for south west London residents who are struggling to cope with mental health crises. There is no need for an appointment, just turn up during the opening times and you’ll be met by a listening ear. Find out more at the Recovery Cafés page
Wandsworth residents can get advice and support online at the Big White Wall click here to find out more and register today.
Exactly what kind of therapy you need will depend on your specific problems. Wandsworth residents can refer themselves to the talking therapies services - click here to find out how.
More serious mental health problems such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia require specialist care, and you will be referred to a psychiatrist at the local hospital and/or the local community mental health team. Treatment may involve a combination of medication, talking therapies and 24-hour support if necessary, which may take place at home or in hospital.
Specialists can refer you to employment and training schemes that support mental health needs at the same time as providing work and education. They can also offer help in the community through crisis resolution teams, who you can call in an emergency.
South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust provide specialist mental health and community services in our area. Visit their website here
to find out more.
Don't know where to go in an emergency?
Call the Wandsworth Community Mental Health team on 020 3513 5000 or the Crisis Line on 0800 028 8000, 5pm-9am Monday to Friday, 24 hours Saturday and Sunday.