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.
Many people in the UK are currently experiencing increased levels of anxiety due to COVID-19. Whether this is related to fear of the virus, changes to our income or for other reasons, there is help available to get you through these challenging times.
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.
For more information, visit the links below:
If you have lost a loved one due to coronavirus or another reason during lockdown, we understand how difficult the situation can be.
Restrictions on entering hospitals and limits on the number of people that can attend funerals, has prevented many people from being able to say goodbye to their loved ones.
If you are struggling with bereavement, view the support options available below and reach out to a friend, family member, or a healthcare professional.
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.
- 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.
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Studying for exams during lockdown, alongside the uncertainty around results, can cause stress and impact our mental wellbeing.
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.
Since the UK was placed under lockdown in March 2020, the government has introduced many financial schemes to support the country’s workforce. While this has benefited many people, especially those in office-based employment, it has left those in other professions, such as hospitality and small business owners, without the financial support that they need.
We understand that this can have a dramatic impact on those on low paid jobs and those without savings. Basic commitments such as rent and food can become difficult to pay for yourself and for those dependent on you.
If COVID-19 has affected you financially, there are a series of support options available for you to access in south east London. View the list of resources below or contact your GP if you have any medical concerns caused by stress:
COVID-19 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.
Although the government has said that landlords cannot evict tenants for three months, we understand that that doesn’t stop people worrying about how they are going to pay their rent in the months to come.
To help, we have pooled together a list of resources below on the financial support options available to south east London residents:
As the UK has continued to be placed in lockdown due to COVID-19, many of us have seen changes to our mood.
At first, there could have been feelings of happiness in having time away from work and seeing more of our loved ones. But as time has gone on, we might be feeling anxious – about our children returning to school or the impending threat of an economic recession.
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.
Spending an increased or decreased amount of time with your partner and family during lockdown? It might be changing the dynamic of your relationships.
For some, this extra time has amplified existing issues in their relationships and created new pressures to deal with such as childcare, changes to household income and working from home.
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.
Coronavirus 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
Taking care of your health and wellbeing has never been so important. There have been huge changes to our daily lives in recent months that have affected basic things like exercise, personal grooming and to some extent, our freedom.
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
Lockdown can be an incredibly lonely place for some people or a dangerous place to others.
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.