Mental health

Good mental wellbeing is critical for our health, relationships, sense of purpose and our ability to cope with our daily life. Just like we may need help with our physical health, many of us will need mental health support at some point in our lives.  


Urgent- I need help now 

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis – you can call Mental Health Direct 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0300 555 1000. 

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call Samaritans on 116 123 for free. Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will give you free, confidential, and non-judgmental emotional support. 

If you are at immediate risk of physical harm because of mental health concern or feel like you need immediate assistance, please call 999 or visit your local A&E   

Shout Crisis Text Line is a 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Text 85258. For more information visit the Shout Crisis website.


Find a GP near you 

If you are concerned about your mental health, you should seek an appointment with your GP for advice, support, or treatment. Find your local GP 

You can also call NHS free of charge by dialling 111. 

There are a wide range of other local services and support on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Map varying from community support to specialist services.  


Therapy and counselling  

Redbridge Talking Therapies provides a range of psychological therapies and counselling services. For free. You can self-refer online or call 0300 300 1554 (option 1) available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.  

The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS/CAMHS) offers a wide range of specialist treatment programs to children, young people and their families. Call 0300 300 1618 (option: CAMHS). 

Safe Connections Community hub provides a safe space for people experiencing suicidal thoughts to talk about their feelings and concerns. Call 0300 561 0115 or email to request a call back. 

Kooth is a free, safe, and anonymous online counselling service for young people. 


Self help 

Better Health- every mind matters/NHS 

Get expert advice and practical tips, try the 'How are you?' quiz or create a tailored self care plan to support your mental health and wellbeing. 

Are you looking for a guided self-help on the NHS? You can do this on your own time to help with stress, anxiety, depression and more. 

Five steps to improve your wellbeing

The NHS has shared five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing:  

  1. Connect with other people 
  2. Be active - take the stairs, go for a walk, sign up to a yoga class  
  3. Learn new skills  
  4. Give to others - volunteer, join a community group, help someone  
  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness) of the environment around you and enjoy the moment. 

Read more about the five steps on the NHS website 


Local support in your area  

You can search for a range of mental health and wellbeing services, from community support groups to Talking Therapies and specialist psychology services using the Redbridge mental health and wellbeing interative map

If you are feeling stressed, anxious, sad, or low, Good Thinking offers a range of free tools and resources. 


Become a mental health champion 

By becoming a mental health champion, you can play an active part in improving your own wellbeing and support the wellbeing of those around you. 

You will: 

  • have the skills, tools, and resources to support one another  
  • have awareness and understanding of the factors influencing mental health and wellbeing 
  • have access to training opportunities 
  • make a real difference in people’s life  
  • be more resilient and feel able to cope with life’s challenges