Mental health services
As many as one in four people will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
If you are experiencing mental health problems it is important to know that you are not alone and there is plenty of help out there to improve your mental well-being.
A good starting point to finding out about local health services is Health Help Now, a free website and app. You can access the website here or download the app from the App Store or Google Play, free of charge.
Mental health services in Croydon
If you feel you really cannot cope on your own, please seek professional help.
The CCG has produced a simple triangle diagram to highlight the different mental health services available in Croydon and the various points of entry for patients.
Talking Therapies (IAPT)
The main provider of mental health care in Croydon is South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).
SLaM deliver talking therapy services in Croydon.
The Croydon IAPT Psychological Therapies Service is a free confidential service that supports adults aged 18 years and over who are experiencing low mood, depression and anxiety.
You can self-refer to these services and do not need to be referred by a GP. You can find out more about the service and if it would be suitable for you on the IAPT website.
For Croydon residents aged between 14-25 years, the Off the Record organisation offers free confidential help.
SLaM also provide a wide range of health services and your GP can refer you for specialist services and assessment.
Emergency mental health services
In an emergency, if your GP surgery is closed, go to a hospital's A&E desk and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty.
A 24-hour mental health telephone support line is available for people in Croydon who are experiencing mental distress. The helpline can be used by patients, carers and anyone who needs advice, help and assistance while in crisis or facing difficulties dealing with mental illness.
The freephone number is 0800 731 2864 and this is a single point of contact for people living in Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham.
Other mental health services in Croydon
Social networking service
Studies show that feeling isolated and unable to make connections with others has a negative impact on mental health.
Mind in Croydon's Social Networking Service provides support for people who are experiencing or recovering from mental health problems to engage in activities in the community as part of their recovery.
These include activities relating to sport and exercise, family and neighbourhood, faith and cultural communities, education and arts and culture.
Referrals to this service are made via your community mental health team. Referral forms and more details can be found on the Mind in Croydon website.
The Hub at Fairfield
The Hub at Fairfield supports people to understand and manage their mental and physical health issues.
The Hub provides a safe place for people who are lonely and isolated to meet and socialise with others and a place for them to receive practical help and advice.
It is open on Wednesday and Saturday between 10am until 5pm.
To access this service, you must be referred by a health or social care professional so speak to your GP if you think you would benefit from this service. The service is for adults aged 18-65 with a mental health problem.
The hub aims to help people with practical support including:
- Form filling
- Benefit issues
- Managing bills and debt
- Outreach support
- Community issues (issues with neighbours)
More details about the service can be found on the Mind in Croydon website.
Directory of mental health services and support in Croydon
A full directory of mental health services and support available in Croydon can be found on the MIND in Croydon website.
Whether you are suffering from mental health difficulties yourself, or you have a friend or family member who is struggling, you can use this directory to find support. You can search alphabetically, by category or by target group.
The Mind in Croydon website also provides details about other types of support that the charity can provide for people with a mental health problem. This includes: