If you find you’re feeling stressed, low, paranoid, drinking too much, taking too many drugs or just generally not coping, the best person to go and get help from is your doctor/GP. Your doctor can refer you on to the most suitable, free help. Some people worry that doctors only hand out drugs, or that they only deal with physical problems, but they also deal with issues like stress, anxiety and feeling low. It’s your service. You need to stay informed and let your doctor know what you think would help. And remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Call NHS Choices on 0845 4647 to find your local doctor or check online:
Samaritans 08457 909090 and Saneline 08457 767 8000
These phone lines are useful if you are feeling in crisis and need someone to talk to urgently.
Listed under the different problems are some of the services provided by your doctor and by voluntary services in the community:
The mental health and wellbeing page
offers useful self-help information and links for peope who want to improve their mental wellbeing and what help is available in Camden. Camden has a Psychological Therapies Service which offers quick access to a range of free therapies for Camden residents, to help deal with problems such as anxiety and depression. You can contact the service directly by phone: 0203 317 5600
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or you can speak to your GP and ask to be referred. For more information check out the website: www.camden.nhs.uk/cpts
Also, check out the NHS Camden & Islington website’s Better Mental Health
section for good advice on looking after yourself.
Camden Under 25s Advice Centre
Mon, Tue, Thu 10am-1pm & 2-4pm
Wed 2-6 pm, Fri telephone advice only 10am-4pm.
Phone for an appointment within a day or two.
Specialist advice for all young adults living or going to school in Camden, on benefits, housing, education and personal problems.
Kilburn Youth Centre Advice Service and At Risk Project
12-22 Kilburn High Road NW6 5UH
0207 328 7172
Advice, information and counselling for 25s and under.
Advice line (8am-2pm): 0808 001 3219
Offers advice and information to young people aged 13-19. Topics include: careers, work, learning, money, health, relationships, housing, your rights.
West Euston One Stop Shop
21 Hampstead Road, NW1 3JA
0207 388 7932
Call for an appointment within a day or two.
Impartial and confidential advice and information on employment, training, education and careers for young people.
Camden Citizens Advice Bureau
3rd Floor, Holborn Library
32-38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA
Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 10am – 4pm (drop-in); Thu 17.00-19.00 for people who cannot come in the mornings.
242 Kentish Town Road
Opening hours: Reception and appointments Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat 10.00-12.00.
200 Kilburn High Road
Opening hours: Drop-in: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri (not last Fri of month) 10.00-12.00; appointments available at these times, plus Mon 17.30-19.30.
0800 018 5023 (National information line)
0207 387 8700 (Camden branch)
Brook advises young people on topics such as relationships and sexual health.