Where to get help to support your mental health
The pandemic has had a major impact on our mental health. But help is available.

Great Mental Health Day aims to get us talking about mental health, and sharing what we do to boost our own resilience and support those around us.

Westminster residents are able to access local support services via the Westminster City Council website.

London has a digital wellbeing service called Good Thinking. It has resources to help you manage your mental wellbeing, including advice, apps, blogs podcasts and a tool to help you assess your own mental health.

You can refer yourself to local NHS talking therapies.

For free, urgent, support from mental health professionals, call your local NHS mental health crisis line  on 0800 023 4650.

You can call the Samaritans day or night on 116 123. You can talk to someone if you are feeling low or are concerned about someone else.

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Best For You – support for young people in Westminster
Westminster has lots of different teams of people who help young people with their mental health through a mental health service. The service that’s right for you will depend on where you live and what kind of support you need. Visit the Best For You website to learn more.

Events
London is celebrating Great Mental Health Day with a range of activities designed to boost mood and improve resilience.

You can find online events open to all Londoners that support great mental health as part of the campaign.

There are plenty of other online events being held across London. To see all available events, visit our calendar section.

Keeping Well service
Supporting the wellbeing of health and care staff in North West London

Launched in response to the pandemic, Keeping Well is a partnership between the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Services provided by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and West London NHS Trust.

Keeping Well provides wellbeing and psychological support to all NHS staff , volunteers and those providing care to others in the community (including in residential homes) in North West London, as well as London Ambulance service.

Watch the below video to find out more or visit the Keeping Well website.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programme for London Schools, funded by the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund, is a great example of a partnership approach in London. The programme has helped to ensure that the correct support is being offered to children and young people who begin to feel vulnerable or mentally unwell.

Youth MHFA in Westminster

Since June 2019, 163 people have been trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid in schools across Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.

Watch the video below to learn how about young mental health first aiders’ experience of the training.

The current programme for London schools has now ended, with more than 4,000 people being trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid across London.

Healthy London Partnership’s Mental Health in Schools Toolkit provides more information and guidance for school leaders and staff on how to promote emotional wellbeing and mental health within schools.