Mental health support in Camden

Accessing mental health support

If you’re feeling anxious and/or worried about your mental health, call your GP. If you prefer, you can find help on the iCope website where there is a page with suggestions on how to keep as psychologically well as possible. iCope also offers a range of mental health services and support, including intercultural therapy in a number of languages.

Thrive LDN have created a list of six things you can do to keep yourself well. These are also available in 27 different languages.

You can also have a look at our wellbeing leaflet, which includes a range of things you can do to look after yourself, and support that's available right now. The wellbeing leaflet has been translated into the following languages:

Camden Council has worked with community partners to develop some voice messages to raise awareness on the five ways to wellbeing and how to access mental health support as we learn to live with COVID-19. Listen, download and share these messages in Arabic, Bengali, Somali and Turkish.

5 Ways to wellbeing

Arabic voice message
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Bengali voice message
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Somali voice message
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Turkish voice message
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Easing of lockdown rules

Arabic voice message
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Bengali voice message
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Somali voice message
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Turkish voice message
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Mental health support for young people

If you’re aged between 11 and 18, or a child in your care is, Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online wellbeing and mental health support. Young people who live in Camden can sign up now for confidential support through a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor.

Young people of all ages can also access support from Childline, which has created a dedicated page with information for children and young people about coronavirus. The page includes information about: what coronavirus is, where children and young people can find help if they are worried, coping if they are staying at home and what to do if they are feeling unwell. Alternatively, young people can speak to a Childline counsellor online or by calling 0800 1111.

For further information or advice, this blog, published on the Camden Rise website, brings together the best resources to help young people stay happy and healthy during the coronavirus emergency.

Getting help if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis

The word “crisis” can be used to describe many different situations. In mental health, the term “crisis” usually suggests that someone may need urgent help to support them with mental health problems. For example, you might have feelings or experiences that feel very painful or difficult to manage such as suicidal feelings, self-harm, panic attacks, flashbacks, hypomania or mania, or psychosis (such as paranoia or hearing voices). You might also have other experiences that aren't mentioned here. 
A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical health emergency. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and you don’t feel like you can keep yourself safe right now, seek urgent specialist mental health support through one of the following routes: 

1. Phone the 24-hour crisis line on 020 3317 6333 to access specialist support.  

  • You may be directed to attend the Mental Health Crisis Assessment Centre at St Pancras Hospital, which is providing an alternative to people in mental health crisis needing to attend A&E departments.
  • You may be supported further by the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment service.

2. If it is an emergency and cannot wait, you should call 999  

You can also contact your local GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment. You don’t need to be registered as a patient already.

3. Camden Crisis Sanctuary offers face-to-face, telephone, and online support to Camden residents every evening and weekend (5pm to 1030 pm) who require immediate support with their mental health in a non-clinical, community setting. No referral is required. Please click here for more information. You may also call 07825 165 464 between 5pm and 11pm, or leave a message for staff to call you back. 

If you are having suicidal thoughts, you can also: 

  • Call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 – they're always open and are there to listen. You can also send an email to and can expect a response within 24 hours. 
  • The Stay Alive App can be used to help manage suicidal thoughts. It provides information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. It is available for free download on all smart phones here 

NCL Support after Suicide Service (

The service is to support people bereaved or affected by suicide who live, work or study in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield or Haringey and for people who live outside of the boroughs but are affected by a suicide which occurred within these 5 boroughs. 

The service provides:

  • 121 Person-centred emotional and practical support at the time that is right for you. 
  • Bereavement Peer Support Groups - a safe/supportive space to explore and share your experiences with others 

To find out more about the service, or to make a referral for yourself or someone else - please contact or call 07483 368 700. 

Visit the website for more information. 

Mental health organisations

Below is a list of local and national mental health organisations that you can visit to find out more information for you or someone you know who is experiencing a mental health problem: 

Tips for mental wellbeing

Below are some tips to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing: 

  • Stay connected 
    Video calls and online communities are a great way of keeping in touch and sharing positive experiences. Try to reach out to family members and friends – why not suggest setting up a daily video call?
  • Avoid information overload
    While it is important to stay informed, try to limit the number of times you check the news by giving yourself a set time of day to read the latest headlines.
  • Have breaks from social media and devices
    If you are feeling overwhelmed, unfollow or mute social media accounts or keywords that may be triggering – it is important to set boundaries for your wellbeing. To help you have a restful sleep, switch off your electronic devices 30 minutes before you go to bed.
  • Keep active
    Build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. Exercising at home can be simple and there are options for most ages and abilities, such as cleaning your home, dancing to music, going up and down stairs, online exercise workouts that you can follow, sitting less – if you notice you’ve been sitting down for an hour, just getting up or changing position can help. Or try out a 10 minute home workout routine.
  • Make time for positive activities
    It is important to build in time for the things you enjoy – be it reading, drawing, gaming or cooking. There are a lot of great free apps and YouTube videos that can help guide you through meditation and mindfulness techniques. You can also find activities and virtual events for people with support needs on the RecommendMe website.

Supporting your mental wellbeing while working from home

Below are some ways you can look after your mental health while working from home 

  • Stick to the basics
    Remember to eat regularly, sleep well and get some exercise in. Our physical health and mental health are connected and making time for both is important to stay as healthy as possible.

    Need inspiration? Here are some simple and healthy recipes ideas – or try out a 10 minute home workout routine.
  • Structure your day
    Try to keep up your regular work routine by waking up at the same time, getting dressed and having breakfast. Instead of the time spent on your usual commute, you can use the time to read, listen to your favourite podcast or do some exercise.

    Make sure you build in time for lunch and coffee breaks. You could spend these breaks chatting with colleagues via a video call.
  • Give yourself space
    If possible, try and find a space where you can work comfortably from a desk or table. Don’t forget to stand up and stretch regularly – you can set an alarm if you feel you need it.
  • Scheduled socials
    We may be used to sending emails and quick messages but mixing up your use of communication tools is a great way of staying connected with your team. Try to schedule time for regular catch-ups with team members and colleagues who are also working from home.

Connect with your community

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 (May 9-15)

Loneliness can affect each of us at different times and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking steps to connect with others and with your wider community, including during Mental Health Awareness Week (May 9 to 15) this year is one way you can protect your mental wellbeing, help yourself and others to feel less alone. 

There are many ways you can choose to connect with others, whether it's going for a walk with a friend, joining a community or youth group in your area.  Below are a list of some upcoming events and activities taking place across Camden. Some are one-off events for Mental Health Awareness Week, while others are reoccurring on a weekly basis.