Mental health: Croydon

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Croydon Talking Therapies is a free and confidential service for adults who are registered with a Croydon GP, who would like to improve how they feel, learn ways to worry less and sleep better.

The service also helps people who are experiencing common problems such as depression, panic attacks, anxiety and provide help for people who have experienced a trauma or have long term health conditions.

How to make an appointment

There are many different types of talking therapyincluding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and counselling. Talking therapy can be delivered in lots of different ways, including in a group, over the phone, through online programmes or one to one.

Online therapy
You can access free, confidential and supported online therapy straight away by signing up to Silvercloud.

Workshops and groups
It’s good to know you’re not alone. Group treatments are a great way to feel supported by a therapist and other people whilst learning ways to cope. The groups are small and personal sharing is not a requirement.

Visit the website to see the groups and workshops we offer.

Individual talking therapy
Individual sessions vary between 30-60 minutes and will take place at the same time each week.

Long Terms Conditions Support
We offer specialist support for patients experiencin stress due to living with a long term health condition (such as COPD, diabetes, arthritis)

Employment

It is common that the way we feel can impact on our ability to work or to find a job. We have members of the team who specialise in supporting people with employment based difficulties.

SLaM

The main provider of mental health care in Croydon is South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). SLaM deliver Talking Therapies services 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:

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 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 from 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.

Croydon Drop In offers free and confidential help and support to young people, aged 11 to 25 and their families in Croydon. Some of their services include: advice, advocacy and family support, counselling and outreach.

Visit the website or email enquiries@croydondropin.org.uk

For Croydon residents aged between 14-25 years, the Off the Record organisation offers free confidential help. 

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. 

Alternatively, call 0800 731 2864

This 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.