Mental health

One in four adults experience mental health problems at some point in their lives

Mental health problems can affect any of us. It can range from very common disorders such as depression and anxiety to severe problems such as psychosis.

Taking care of your mental wellbeing can help you to cope with life’s problems and to enjoy the good things!

Tips to improve wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are five steps you can take to boost mental wellbeing.

Visit NHS Choices website

Reading Well Books on Prescription can also help you manage your wellbeing. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. You can borrow books from your local library.

Good Thinking service is an online 24 hour service that can help you find tools, tips and resources to help improve your overall wellbeing.

Visit Good Thinking website

Support in Redbridge

If you feel that you need a little more help or that you may be experiencing a mental health problem, then contact your GP or doctor. They can offer advice or refer you to specialist services.

You can also contact the Access, Assessment and Brief Intervention Service (Redbridge). This is for adults aged 18 to 65 enquiring about mental health services in the borough. The service is provided by NELFT NHS Foundation Trust.

Visit NELFT website or contact 0300 555 1088

Talking Therapies in Redbridge is a free, confidential NHS service that will work with you to help you feel better. They can help with a range of problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and relationship problems.

Complete online Talking Therapies form or call 0300 555 1200 to arrange an initial telephone appointment.

Redbridge Concern for Mental Health provides information and signposting for people experiencing or recovering from mental health problems and run a number of services including drop-in sessions, a befriending scheme for those who have become isolated and a volunteering project to support people into volunteering activities. There is also a mental health information directory and a user group called RUN-UP (Redbridge User Network User Pressure Group) that is open to people experiencing mental health problems and their carers.

Visit Redbridge Concern for Mental Health website

Imagine mental health provides a range of services in Redbridge including recovery support planning, social inclusion, user-led groups and peer support groups and a two hour drop in service open six days a week. You can contact the Imagine Redbridge Team on 0208 551 5314 or email imagineredbridge@imaginementalhealth.org.uk.

If you have had an experience of a mental health illness and would like to return to employment or adult education or are at risk of losing your job, then Richmond Fellowship Employment Service can help.

Visit Richmond Fellowship website

Redbridge Institute run a free short course called Learning in Mind to help people with mild to moderate mental ill health.

Visit Redbridge Institute website or contact 020 8550 2398

There is always someone you can talk to at Samaritans (Redbridge). They provide free and confidential emotional support if you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

Visit Samaritans website

There are also a number of national organisations that can provide you with information and advice. See the useful links section at the bottom of the page.

Useful links

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External websites:Redbridge Concern for Mental Health,Richmond Fellowship Employment Service Redbridge,Samaritans (Redbridge), Mind, for better mental health, Rethink,Mental Health Foundation,NHS Choices – mental health,SANE mental health