Other information and Advice
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Below is a range of information, organisations and support groups who may be able to help. Support groups give you the chance to talk to other people who may be experiencing similar problems. They can often suggest different ways of coping.
Mind is the UK's largest mental health charity. It provides information and advice to people with mental health problems, and aims to ensure that no-one with a mental health problem has to face that problem alone.
Your local branch of Mind can put you in touch with a range of support groups that may be able to help you.
The Go 4 Mental Health Directory developed by local residents of the three boroughs with mental health problems, offers useful information about the local mental health services in your area as well as information about other community activities which you may want to take part in.
Help is at hand. If you or someone you know is feeling like life is not worth living, or if you've been bereaved by suicide, you don't have to struggle alone. Visit the Westminster City Council Help when you’re feeling low Directory
Our Time is a charity that provides support and interventions for children and young people affected by parental mental illness.
They currently have a multi-family workshop ("KidsTime Workshop") operating in Westminster at the Bessborough Centre in Pimlico.
Kensington and Chelsea Mind also host
- the Elefriends online forum - Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself, a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you're feeling good right now, or really low, it's a safe place to share experiences and listen to others.
- and Peer Support - a range of peer support services, as part of Community Living Well, including one-to-one peer support, peer support groups, living well workshops, timebanking, social and on-line peer support. Peer support training
"Roads to Wellbeing" is the 2016-7 Annual Report from the Director of Public Health Tri-borough, highlighting the health needs of local residents and how these can be improved, and explores how you can maintain and improve your mental wellbeing.
Time to Change are working to challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. Their website includes blogs by people who live with a mental health illness.
Rethink is a mental health charity which aims to challenge attitudes and change lives, helping people living with conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and more to recover a better quality of life.
The Advance Advocacy Project support women who are experiencing a variety of of different issues, including mental health issues.
SANE is a UK mental health charity who work to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.
They provide a mental health support line from 6p.m. to 11p.m. every day of the year - tel: 0300 304 7000.
The Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair - call FREE on 116 123.
Different Voices, a now closed mental health user involvement at The Advocacy Project, produced a directory of services in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, based on their service users' experiences which is still usefull.
The Easy Health website has gathered together various videos and easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about various aspects mental health and mental health care.
The Counselling Directory offers:-
- A nationwide database of counsellors and psychotherapists who are members of a recognised professional body.
- A detailed library of fact-sheets featuring information about how counselling might be able to help with what's worrying you.
- A types of therapy section that explains the different models of counselling and psychotherapy that are used by practitioners.
The Medical Foundation for the care of victims of torture offers emotional and physical support for those who have suffered torture.