See older patients section for Dementia
Mental Health in times of lockdown looks at various factors that may contribute to mental health problems for patients, including grief, domestic abuse and increased alcohol intake. It also outlines ways that GPs can help patients through the challenges they may be facing during this time.
New Online Counselling Service for Adults
South East London CCG and Integrated Care System has just commissioned Qwell, a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service for adults. The site is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and offers early preventative care and support without any prior thresholds to meet. Adults aged 26 years of age can receive counselling sessions from qualified counsellors via an online chat-based platform.
Chats can either be accessed through a drop-in service, or pre-booked sessions from
any connected device. The site is open 24 hours a day; one-to-one counselling sessions with a qualified counsellor are available from 12-noon until 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends.
Solidarity in a Crisis provides an out of hours peer support service for Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark
Monday to Friday 6pm to 12 midnight. Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 12 midnight.Call: 0300 123 1922
Text: 0788 9756 087 or 0788 9756 083
One-to-one support for those who feel life is no longer worth living is available from The Listening Place.
- Every Mind Matters is an NHS website providing support to look after mental health. Campaign Materials: PHE Campaign and resources for adult wellbeing during the COVID-19.
- Good thinking is a website produced by the Mayor of London and PHE with a range of support and advice available for Londoners
- PHE Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- SLAM advice for sign-posting patients during lockdown
- Bexley: MIND updated services . IAPT are still providing counselling and CBT via telephone, video callsor online therapy. Individuals struggling with anxiety or depression can self-refer to our service/referrals accepted from GPs
- Bexley: Timetable of webinar services for the Recovery College
- Southwark (CES): Depression and Anxiety Guide
- Lambeth and Southwark MIND are able to provide some support (including an information service and peer support groups) during Covid-19 for patients living in Lambeth and Southwark
Mental Health at Work
A free gateway to documents, guides, tips, videos, courses, podcasts, templates and information from organisations across the UK, all aimed at helping get to grips with workplace mental health.
They have produced a toolkit with specific information about mental health during Covid and working from home.
The have also produced support for frontline workers including those in education, health, social care, emergency services or any other essential work.
Support for those in Social Care
A website including a helpline and mental well-being apps for people working in social care
- Alcohol withdrawal: Protocol for the management of Alcohol withdrawal in Temporary Homeless Hotels during the COVID-19 Outbreak (information from London Healthy Partnership)
- Covid-19 related information and resources for professionals to support change resistant drinkers and their families From Alcohol Change UK
The Primary Care Gambling Service is open to self-referral for patients from across South London and offers a range of support which can be provided face-to-face, online or over the phone. They can support gamblers as well as those who are affected by the gambling behaviour of a family member or friend. All of their services are free of charge and confidential.
- SLAM Crisis advice sheet and crisis website
- Organisations providing support to people in crisis and more general mental health support (SLAM)
Children and young people
- SLaM CAMHS – Letter to referrers and commissioners
- SLAM referral advice (Southwark – 25th March)
- CAMHS Covid-19 update – (Southwark – June 2020) and Covid-19 Pandemic Update from Southwark CAMHS – 16 June 2020
Imparts Programme Covid-19 Advice and Support
- resources for patients including on issues such as sleep anxiety and OCD
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during and after lockdown focuses on the potential effects on patients and key workers during and after this period. It looks at recognising signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, screening in primary care and how GPs can look after themselves.