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Mental Health and Wellbeing support in Croydon

10th October 2022
Are you living with a mental health problem or know anyone who is? If you're in need of support, there are plenty of organisations that can help.

Whatever you're going through, you're not alone.

According to Mind, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England, and 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England.

Whether you're living with a mental health problem or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is vital.

You can find organisations offering mental health advice and support in Croydon below. Alternatively, please see Mind's Mental Health Service's directory.

For emergency support call 999 or go to a hospital Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.

Contact the 24-hour mental health crisis line on 0800 731 2864 for

  • counselling on the phone
  • advice about how to handle a crisis
  • advice about available mental health services
  • communication with other services or teams on behalf of patients and carers
  • support to empower patients and their carers
  • self-management strategies

APCMH: Croydon APCMH is a longstanding mental health charity in Croydon, which opened in 1989. We are unique in that our service is open access (there is no referral service) users and carers choose to use our service. We provide emotional and spiritual support with a concern for individuals rather than the mental health status. We have a number of groups and clubs. We provide a dependable service with stability and continuity.

Contact: www.apcmhcroydon.co.uk | 020 8654 4010

Asian Resource Centre Croydon: ARCC deliver an effective, responsive service for local people, which increases social inclusion and community cohesion with an emphasis on health and wellbeing of Asian communities; hosting monthly coffee mornings open to all communities in Croydon. 

Contact: www.arccltd.com | 020 8684 3784 | info@arccltd.com

Croydon Counselling Foundation: We provide professional and affordable counselling for the local community in Croydon and surrounding areas. A BACP accredited service and registered charity, we offer affordable Psychodynamic counselling sessions for anyone that needs a safe space to talk.

Contact: www.croydoncounsellingfoundation.org.uk | 020 8760 0665

Croydon Drop In: CDI established in 1978 to support young people and families by offering free and confidential counselling, information, advice and advocacy services. These are delivered through a variety of projects. For further information please contact us through our website email facility or call our office.

Contact: www.croydondropin.org.uk | 020 8680 0404

Hear us: Hear Us are a Charity who supports Croydon’s vulnerable Community; people who have a severe and enduring mental illness. Hear Us acts as a coordinating body to facilitate and ensure service users involvement in the planning, delivery and monitoring of mental health services in Croydon. 

Contact: www.hear-us.org | 020 8681 6888 | info@hear-us.org

Imagine Independence: We work together with people with mental health issues and other challenges so they can live a full and independent life. Many of the people we engage with have lots that they can contribute to their community. We work to help them have decent housing, employment, fulfilling leisure activities, good health and a respected place in society.

Contact: www.imagineindependence.org.uk. | 020 8253 7078

Ment4: We provide one-to-one specialist mentoring for 11-17 year olds in Croydon with emotional and behavioural difficulties. We help those vulnerable to crime and exploitation, excluded from education and with mental health challenges. Mentoring is referred by professionals and directly by families and runs for 4-6 months, working through problematic thinking and helping them achieve goals. Free films and resources are available on our web site. 

Contact: www.ment4.org | 077528 17882  | info@ment4.org

Mind in Croydon: Mind is a charity that continues to be at the forefront of developing ways to work with people with mental health problems and their families in Croydon. We work to promote good mental health and to empower people to lead a full life, as part of their local community.

Contact: www.mindincroydon.org.uk | 020 8668 2210

OASIS Croydon: We're a mental health service supporting young adults to overcome difficulties and distress associated with hearing voices, paranoia or unusual ideas. OASIS supports young people between 14 and 35 years old, living in South London. Offering regular on-going support, talking therapy and practical and medical advice.

Contact: www.meandmymind.nhs.uk | 020 3228 5800 | oasisreferrals@slam.nhs.uk

Off the Record: We're an award-winning young people’s mental health charity, established in 1994, offering a range of support services for children and young people across the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton and Merton. Our Croydon services include face-to-face and online counselling, therapeutic support for young refugees & asylum seekers, young carers services and BAME mental health outreach work.

Contact: www.talkofftherecord.org | 020 8251 0251

OpenMinds: OpenMinds Social Care is a specialist mental health organisation which makes recovery from a mental health difficulty the main focus of its intervention. We provide practical, emotional and social support via a floating support service to adults in the community who are experiencing mental health challenges. We work alongside clients, supporting them as they make decisions to shape their lives and to lead meaningful and active roles in their communities.

Contact: www.openmindssocialcare.co.uk | 0208 2406521

Studio Upstairs: Studio Upstairs is an established art and wellbeing charity. Our vision is for a world in which everyone can transform their life through creative communities. We provide positive, life-changing interventions for adults with mental or emotional difficulties within an artistic therapeutic community. Our small, weekly groups are facilitated by trained, HCPC registered therapeutic professionals who are also artists. They encourage people to develop their art skills, define and reach personal goals, to connect with others and to improve their wellbeing.

Contact: www.studioupstairs.org.uk | 020 8616 5440

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM): A 24-hour free telephone line to support anyone in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon experiencing mental distress.

Contact: www.slam.nhs.uk | 0800 731 2864

Mental Health & Homelessness 

Poor mental health is both a cause and consequence of homelessness. For example, the onset of mental illness can trigger, or be part of, a series of events that can lead someone being forced into homelessness.

Furthermore, housing insecurity and homelessness is stressful and can exacerbate or cause mental health problems. This means that there is a higher rate of mental health problems amongst people without a home compared with the general population.

According to Crisis, 45% of people experiencing homelessness have been diagnosed with a mental health issue. This rises to 8 out of 10 people who are sleeping rough.

Mental health issues are deeply connected to the trauma and adversity people who are homeless face.

Below is a list of local organisations that offer advice and support:

CAYSH: CAYSH works with young people aged 16 to 21 facing homelessness in London, providing safe homes and support to enable them to achieve their potential.

Contact: www.caysh.org | 020 8863 0227

Crisis Skylight Croydon: Crisis supports people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. If you need our support you can self-refer by email or by telephone.

Contact: www.crisis.org.uk/get-help/croydon/ | 0203 848 1700 | croydon@crisis.org.uk

Evolve Housing + Support: We're a homelessness and community support charity working with 2,000 people each year. We provide supported housing for homeless young people and adults with a range of support needs in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Bromley, Merton, Wandsworth and the Royal boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea. We also provide Work and Learning, Health and Wellbeing services and a homelessness prevention service in schools through mentoring.

Contact: www.evolvehousing.org.uk | 020 7101 9960

Home Group: Both a social enterprise and a charity, Home Group is one of the UK’s largest providers of high-quality housing and supported housing services and products. We provide new and innovative ways to offer a new model of care and housing for people with mental health, learning disability and older people providing reablement support to return home.

Contact: www.homegroup.org.uk

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