Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing can include lots of different areas. It is important we look after ourselves and notice changes in our physical and mental health. If you notice a change in your health it is important you know where to get advice and support. 

This page will help you to identify places in Southwark providing support for a variety of issues. If the type of support you are looking for is not listed below, please contact us at the Local Offer for advice. 

What is mental health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
In the same way that we can have problems with our physical health, we can have problems with our mental health. Sometimes our bodies stop working properly. We might catch a bug and become ill or we might have an accident and get hurt. 
There are many different types of mental health problems and a lot of people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life.

The Young Minds website has some very interesting statistics on mental health, click here to be taken to their website.
There is not a definite answer as to why a person may have mental illhealth, however there are some known contributing factors;
     • Stress - too much stress can make it difficult to cope with problems. Life changes can be stressful, such as when a loved one dies, moving house, pressure from school or work.
     • Genes - these are biological codes that contain information about what hair colour we will have and how tall we will be. Scientists believe that some people have genes that tell their brains to develop a mental health problem. These genes are then triggered by stress or being worried.
     • Biochemistry - the natural chemicals in our bodies can affect how we think or feel. What we eat and drink, illness, hormones, our environment and stress can affect biochemistry.
Some of the feelings you can have when you suffering from a mental health illness are; sad, worried, confused, angry, in despair, hopeless, tearful, scared, irritable, panicky, numb, guilty.

It's very common to experience difficulties with your mental health and if you are worried, you can go to your GP for advice.

Support Services for Mental Health and Wellbeing:

Southwark CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
Click here for Southwark CAMHS website

General enquiries - 020 3228 6000
Urgent help - 0800 731 2864. If you need urgent help, please call this number to speak to CAMHS mental health crisis line. Please also see guidance and information for getting help in a crisis.

For more information on the types of support CAMHS can provide,  please click here to view our Wellbeing page for Southwark CAMHS.

Southwark Wellbeing Hub
Click here for the Southwark Wellbeing Hub website

Helpline: 020 3751 9684
For more information please see Contact us.

The Nest Southwark - Free & confidential mental wellbeing advice and support for young people aged 11 – 25 in Southwark.
Click here to view the Nest website 
You can book a chat and you’ll be put in contact with one of the friendly team who will arrange to get back in touch at a time that suits you.
Call: 0208 1381805

Kooth - Online mental wellbeing community. Free, safe and anonymous support via an app.
Click here for the Kooth website
More information available here

Click here to view the Local Offer Wellbeing pages for more information and details for other support services 

Click on the links below for more information on Southwark Health services

Targeted and Specialist Services

Universal Health Services

The following Southwark services offer free and confidential sexual and reproductive health advice. All of the clinics are walk-in clinics but some also offer an online booking system as well. Visit the websites for opening times and booking information.

Burrell Street Sexual Health Centre
4-6 Burrell Street, London SE1 0UN
Tel: 020 7188 6666

Walworth Road Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic
157 -169 Walworth Road, London SE17 1RY
Tel: 020 3049 4006

HYP (Healthy Young People)
Healthy Young People (HYP) Southwark is a health and wellbeing service for under 25's. HYP Southwark provides advice and support around sexual health, drugs and alcohol and general health and wellbeing. The service also provides emergency and ongoing contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)condom c-card scheme support and treatment for drugs and alcohol misuse and wellbeing support.


For a consultation appointment;
Tel: 07500 971857 and leave a message or email 

Preparing for Adulthood have helpful information about friends, relationships and sexuality.
Website: Preparing for Adulthood, Sexuality and Relationships

It is important to be aware of how we are eating and what we are eating. Click on the links below for information about healthy lifestyles and exercise.

Eat Well Guide
Eat Well Guide

Food, A Fact of Life - This website has lots of information for young people about healthy eating, nutrition and cooking.

Managing Weight with a Learning Disability - Information from the NHS about managing weight in a healthy way.

Eat Well Guide - The Eat Well Guide has information about how to eat a balanced diet.

A guide to supporting people with learning disabilities to have a healthy diet and to be active - Download this PDF document about health for people with learning disabilities.

For up-to-date information about Southwark exercise classes, courses and opportunities to keep fit in person and online,
please visit the Southwark Council webpage here

Outdoor Gyms:

Everyone should have a go on one of our outdoor gyms. The equipment is low impact so it is easy and safe to use without a gym induction. So save yourself the membership fee and come down to give it a try! But please do remember to stretch before and after any exercise.

Leyton Square
It is situated near to the playground and the astro pitch just off Peckham Park Road, and open for all to use.

Tabard Gardens
Near to the playground and the astro pitch just off Tabard Street.

Peckham Rye Park
Follow the path leading from the entrance near the junction of Peckham Rye and Homestall Road, past the Adventure Playground and you will find the gym next to the skate park.

Haddon Hall Estate
At Haddon Hall Estate the outdoor gym is on Potier Street, just off Great Dover Street. It's not just for Estate residents - anyone can use it.

Mint Street Park
Mint Street park can be reached from Southwark Bridge Road and Marshalsea Road. The outdoor gym is opposite the children's play area.

Southwark Park
You can also try an outdoor gym at Southwark Park, where it is located between China Hall Gates and the Cafe Gallery.

Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park
Our newest outdoor gym is at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park next to the Sports Facility building.

Aylesbury Estate
The outdoor gym at the Aylesbury Estate can be accessed from either Thurlow Street or Portland Street. It is near the junction of Inville Road and Beaconsfield Road and you don't need to live on the Estate to use it.

Burgess Park
Burgess Park boasts two outdoor gyms. The first one can be found next to Albany Road at the junction with Canal Street. More recently a trail of gym equipment has been installed which begins in the southeast corner of the park, near the junction of St Georges Way and Sumner Road.

Lordship Lane Estate
The Lordship Lane Estate Tenants and Residents Association have agreed that anyone can use their outdoor gym. It is located behind Campbell Court, so if you enter the Estate from Dulwich Common you will find the gym on your left next to the Children's Play Centre.

Dulwich Park
Dulwich Park has a trail of gym equipment either side of the path that runs between Roseberry Gate entrance and Queen Mary's Gate.

Durand's Wharf
By the river at Durand's Wharf in Rotherhithe and has great views across the Thames.

Free Gym and Swim:

Southwark borough residents are now able to use the swim and gym facilities for free in six of the borough's leisure centres, operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Southwark Council.

Southwark residents and Southwark Council staff can apply by:

How do I get my free swim and gym membership card?

If you apply online you will receive notification by email when your card will be available to collect from your local leisure centre.

Disabled Southwark Residents

If you are disabled and live in Southwark you can access free swim and gym facilities at all Southwark leisure centres 7 days a week.

Carers go free if accompanying a disabled person during swim and gym sessions. Follow the link above to apply.

If you, or someone you know, would like support around drug and / or alcohol use during the Covid-19 outbreak, please make contact with the council’s drug and alcohol treatment services for adults or young people.

Change, Grow, Live Southwark

Change, Grow, Live Southwark adult drug and alcohol treatment service is available to anyone aged 18 years and above who is living in Southwark.

Contact the service by:

Healthy Young People Southwark

Healthy Young People (HYP) Southwark – Integrated Health and Wellbeing Service (sexual health and substance misuse) are for Young People up to the age of 25 years.

Contact the service by:

 Urgent enquiries can be made via telephone on any of the following telephone numbers:

  • 07979 247941
  • 07920 465048
  • 07741 661518
  • 07771 390729

Dear Albert - Alcohol Treatment Service

There are three different centres which offer support during alcohol detox in Southwark. One of the options is a residential treatment facility which provides harm reduction facilities, outpatient detoxification and structured counselling to any drinkers aged 16 or over. Inpatient treatment is provided by one of the centres, and they also have counselling and structured day programmes. The final centre in the area provides outpatient treatment, complementary therapies and structured counselling to over 18s.

For more information and referrals please visit the Dear Albert website by clicking here.