What’s worrying you now?

Our life can bring new challenges. You may feel down, have lack of sleep or worried about the future. There is help available and looking after your physical and mental wellbeing is important for your resilience. Find below information on mental health themes that may be relevant for you or someone you know.

You can find additional information in our Get help for yourselfGet help for your loved ones and Get your body and mind health sections.


We know that anxiety affects people in different ways, so to provide support to all, we have pulled together a list of available resources for our residents in south east London.

Visit the sections Get help for yourself and Get support for your loved ones to find out more.

For more information, visit the links below:


If you are struggling with bereavement, view the support options available below and reach out to a friend, family member, or a healthcare professional.

Visit the sections Get help for yourself and Get support for your loved ones to find out more.

For more information, visit the links below:


Whether face-to-face or online, bullying can severely affect our wellbeing and stay with us for years to come.

The first step to stopping bullying is to report it. We know this can be very difficult but there are support and anonymous help options available.

Review the resources below to understand the best course of action for you. The earlier you act, the better you will feel in the long term.

Visit the sections Get help for yourself and Get support for your loved ones to find out more.

  • Anti Bullying Alliance has a list of helplines and websites that can provide information and support for children and young people who are being bullied.
  • Bullying UK
  • Bullying UK (part of Family Lives), Non-judgmental support helpline that can provide advice with Family Support Workers available through Live Chat or via the confidential helpline. Family Lives is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can be contacted about any family issue, big or small. Tel: 0808 800 2222
  • Child Line – – Information about bullying. Tel: 0800 1111
  • Direct Gov: Bullying explains bullying and the law in and outside school. Gives a definition for bullying and how to report it.
  • EACH has a freephone Action line for children experiencing homophobic bullying. It’s open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm. Tel: 0808 1000 143
  • Young Minds – The voice for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Online information and support available.

Easy read information

Change can affect our feelings. It can sometimes make us worried and anxious.

To stay well we must look after our feelings as well as our bodies.

This guidance is about things we can do to stay well.


Studying for exams can be incredibly stressful. Uncertainty around results and overthinking the next step can cause stress and have an impact on our mental health.

If you need specific grades to gain entry to your chosen sixth form college or university, we understand that the pressure of exam performance can be heightened.

For tips on managing exam stress for you or a loved one, visit Get Help for yourself or visit Healios and The Mix.


Due to recent increased cost of living, individuals not only in South East London, but around the whole country are experiencing financial stress that can have an impact on their mental health. It is important not to ignore feelings associated with that type of stress. Reaching out for support will help with managing these feelings which can then be helpful with navigating day-to-day life. 

View the list of resources below or contact your GP if you have any medical concerns caused by stress:


Cost of living crisis has caused many people to experience increased levels of stress and anxiety. Financial worry has been one of the biggest knock-on effects that Londoners have had to deal with, and in turn, housing.

To help, we have pooled together a list of resources below on the financial support options available to south east London residents:


Even though we are no longer in lockdown, many of us are still experiencing changes to our mood due to a post-pandemic reality that we are facing. Many individuals are dealing with anxieties due to post-covid stress, or other feelings that might be new and overwhelming for them. It is important not to ignore these feelings and reach out for support in case we need help with managing them.

Whatever affects your mood swings generally, these can be heightened in a time of worry. If you have noticed that you or a loved one are experiencing increased changes in your mood, view the resources below to see what support is available in your area.


The current reality can be difficult, and all the stress that you are experiencing, can impact relationships with your partner or family. You might find yourself having more arguments, due to financial pressure, or you might feel overwhelmed, and want to distance yourself from your loved ones.

There has also been a sharp rise in domestic violence for both men and women who feel they can’t escape a relationship and are confined to their homes.

If these situations apply to you, a friend or family member, view the available support options below or contact your GP to arrange a confidential consultation.


Sleep is something so basic to humans and vital for our bodies and minds to function. But why is it that during times of stress and uncertainty we find it so difficult to sleep?

With thoughts running through our head and worries of how we will pay our bills, insomnia can keep many people awake at night.

For help getting a restful night’s sleep, view the below resources or make an appointment with your GP to discuss further.

Stress & depression

In times of stress, we can often let things build up until they reach a pressure point and boil over. Getting to this point can lead to depression and affect our physical and mental wellbeing.

Our current reality has escalated stress levels in many people and affected our daily lives. Knowing how to recognise the signs of stress, and being able to act quickly, can have a huge impact on our mental wellbeing, including being able to avoid depression.

For help, view the list of resources available in your borough or speak to your GP if you feel like you need medical assistance.

Support for non-English speakers

If English is not your first language and you feel more comfortable sharing your experiences in your language, there are groups to support you. For help, view the list of resources available below or speak to your GP if you feel like you need medical assistance. Your GP will be able to offer an interpreter for your visit.

  • African Society for Relief and Development plays a significant role in influencing and shaping UK’s East African community, focusing more on the Somali Community living in south London. They work to empower individuals and families experiencing multiple disadvantages. Call: 07375061959
  • Asian Women Lone Parents Association works to support Asian women who are lone parents, and their children, by providing services which enable them to improve their lives and wellbeing. Call: 0207 700 0675
  • Chinese Mental Health Association – CMHA provide a diverse range of services with the aim of serving Chinese people who suffer from mental health related issues and problems. We also provide support for their carers whom may not be familiar with all the nuances of traditional Chinese culture.
  • Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation provides Latin Americans (and other Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities more widely) with tools and information in an empowering process to build fulfilled, independent and integrated lives in the UK. Call: 02077339977
  • Latin American Disabled People’s Project -The Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Project promotes a good state of wellbeing and mental health within the Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities living in London. With particular focus on the state of being healthy, feeling positive and connected, being safe and reducing social isolation. For advice on how to access the project please call 020 7793 8399 or email us at wellbeing@ladpp.org.uk
  • Latin American Women’s Aid LAWA – Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) apoya a mujeres y niños saliendo de situaciones de violencia doméstica a través de la asesoría, el consejo y un refugio de emergencia. Empoderamos a las mujeres para que lleven una vida independiente, conozcan sus derechos y provean a sus hijos de un futuro esperanzador. Latin American Women’s Aid Refuge (LAWA) is a UK charity that supports Latin American and other black and ethnic minority women and children experiencing domestic violence to start a new life and play a fuller role in the community. They do this by offering emergency accommodation along with a range of services designed to ensure high quality of service provision.
  • Latin American Women’s Rights Service offers a counselling and psychotherapy service.
  • Lewisham Multi Lingual Advice Service offers free and impartial advice, assistance and advocacy in different languages. Our main languages are Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, French, Italian, Kurdish, Portuguese, Spanish, Somali, Turkish, Polish & Vietnamese. If a language not available we may be able to accommodate through one of our volunteers. Open 10am to 3.30pm Monday to Wednesday. 
  • Polish Counselling – Polish registered charity based in London ‘Polish Psychologists’ Association’-their mission is to provide free psychological support to the Polish speaking community in the UK.
  • South Asian Community Mental Health Service – A Community based assessment, treatment and advice service for people in the South Asia community, aged 18-65, who have a range of mental health and complex social care problems.
  • South London Solidarity Association They help members of the community who are of Cypriot, Kurdish or Turkish descent with asylum, immigration, money, debts, welfare benefits, housing, health, culture & education and training & employment. Call: 07947 564277
  • Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers has specialist staff to support client’s mental health needs and run drop-in group therapy sessions for men and women.
  • Telefono de la Esperanza offers free counselling, telephone crisis support and workshops to Spanish and Portuguese speaking residents and families. Call: 0207 7330471
  • Vietnamese  Mental Health Project provides services to people from Vietnam with mental health difficulties and to their families. 
  • Waterloo Community Counselling offers to support psychological health and wellbeing for people in need. The objectives is to provide a free, time-limited, mother-tongue counselling service. They work with BAME and migrant referrals, and people who may not be entitled to access statutory services beyond primary care. Call: 0207 928 3462
  • ZamZam Counselling – Private counselling for Muslim women. Zamzam Counselling has been set up to make professionally delivered, faith sensitive counselling accessible for all women, irrespective of their location or financial situation. Call: 07799 485059

Taking care of yourself

There have been huge changes to our daily lives in recent years that have affected the way we navigate through our routine. We are dealing with post-pandemic stress, but also need to face new issues, like financial hardships, or problems at work. Taking care of your health and wellbeing has never been so important.

We can’t go to our favourite bars and restaurants, to see a film at the cinema or even get a haircut at the barbers. Taking away the things we love can often leave people with an increased amount of time to dwell on the negative things in their lives or uncertainties around our current situation.

To avoid this happening to you, act early and view the resources available to help take care of your wellbeing.

Urgent medical help

If you are concerned about the medical welfare of a friend or family member or know that someone, even yourself, has been self harming, there is urgent medical help available

View the resources below or call 999 if it’s an emergency.