Mental and Emotional Health Services
On this page you will find information about a number of services available to Southwark residents that provide mental health and wellbeing advice and support.
NHS urgent mental health helplines are for people of all ages.
You can call for:
- 24-hour advice and support - for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for
- help to speak to a mental health professional
- an assessment to help decide on the best course of care
You may need urgent help for many reasons.
The important thing to know is you will not be wasting anyone's time.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust telephone number: 0800 731 2864
Southwark Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has several multidisciplinary teams. Please click here for further details.
Kooth is a digital mental health support platform that can be accessed 24 hours a day. It's an anonymous site which helps children and young people to feel safe and confident in exploring their concerns and seeking professional support.
Kooth is accessible to children and young people of all ages including care leavers, children with special educational needs and disabilities, youth offending, not in education, employment and training and those stepping down from CAMHS.
Kooth is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is available online, offering free and safe access to self-help materials, mood-tracking, online journal and goal setting tools and a moderated online community of peers. Young people can also contribute to the Kooth magazine and share their experiences, or take part in moderated online peer-to-peer forums.
Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity.
The Nest in Southwark provides free mental health and wellbeing support for young people aged 11 – 25. This supports young people and their families with the opportunities, experiences and tools to enable them to develop their emotional and social skills through one-to-one and group work.
From 1st November 2021, the Nest will be running a face to face drop-in service for young people, as well as parents and carers who are looking for advice on how best to support their child or young person. They will no longer be taking direct referrals for one-to-one support via the website.
Please pay them a visit instead!
Tuesday: Drop in’s for 11 – 18-year-olds (15.30 – 17.30)
Wednesday: Parent/carers of 0 – 5s (9.30 – 12.30)
Thursday: Drop in’s for 11 – 18-year-olds (15.30 – 17.30)
Saturday: Drop in’s for 11 – 25-year-olds (10.00 – 14.30)
Mind provide a variety of services to support the mental and emotional health of Southwark residents. You can find furrther details here.
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.
We provide mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. Each school has a dedicated Place2Be mental health professional who is an integral part of the school team.
They work closely with pupils, families and staff to improve emotional wellbeing and provide mental health support for the whole school.
We collect data to measure our impact on mental health in schools. This helps us to review and improve our in-school support.
The counselling and support we offer
Pupils come to Place2Be for lots of different reasons. The most common ones are anxiety, struggling to focus, low self-esteem, mood swings and trouble with their family.
To help your school community cope with challenges like these, our in-school support works with pupils, families and school staff.
- Place2Talk – pupils book appointments with a Place2Be counsellor to talk about problems and worries
- One-to-one counselling – weekly counselling using talking, creative work and play to support pupils who are struggling
- Group work – therapeutic groups exploring issues like friendship, self-esteem, transition and bullying
- Family Practitioner – access to a Family Practitioner to provide dedicated advice and support for parents and carers in primary schools
- Guidance, training and safeguarding advice for staff – our mental health professionals share their expertise on issues such as managing and understanding behaviour, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Additional Support Needs (ASN), safeguarding and coping with staff stress.
Find out more
Thrive - therapeutic gardening programmes
Growing Hope provides free therapy for children and young people with additional needs. Additional needs are wide ranging and could include a physical disability, a cognitive disability, a mental health problem or undiagnosed need that impacts participation in everyday activities.
Blackfriars Settlement - support and personal development for adults aged 18 and over recovering from difficulties with their mental health.
Talking Therapies Southwark - help with a wide range of psychological and emotional problems if you are aged over 16 and have a local GP.
Counselling Services - details of further counselling services available within Southwark.
- Mentally Healthy Schools - practical information and resources to help all primary school staff understand, promote and deal confidently with children’s mental health issues.
- Young Minds - Mental health advice and support for children, young people and their families